What Type Of Rain Gutters Should You Have Installed On Your Home?

Posted on: 10 July 2015

If your new home needs to have rain gutters installed on it, then it is vital that you understand the rain gutter material options you have to choose from. Selecting the right rain gutters will ensure that you get the best protection for your home's foundation and enhance the look of your home.

Rain gutters made of these materials are widely available today:

  • aluminum
  • copper
  • galvanized steel
  • vinyl

Here is some information about each type of rain gutter to help you decide which type of material will work the best for your home:

Aluminum Rain Gutters

Aluminum rain gutters are available in a wide variety of different colors and do not require painting. Aluminum rain gutters are a medium-priced option that will hold up well in all climates. The one downside of rain gutters made from aluminum is that aluminum is a soft metal and this type of rain gutter is prone to damage in areas that get a lot of snow or rain each winter. Aluminum rain gutters can be used on any style of home.

Copper Rain Gutters

Copper rain gutters are the most expensive type of rain gutters on the home improvement market today. However, copper rain gutters are very resistant to any weather damage and provide your home a very unique look. As the copper metal ages, it will oxidize to a natural green color. Copper rain gutters are a specialty product that is typically installed on craftsman-style homes.

Galvanized Steel Rain Gutters

Galvanized steel rain gutters are about the same price as those made of aluminum. Galvanized steel rain gutters are soldered together and are known for being long-lasting without needing any maintenance other than regular painting. Galvanized steel rain gutters are sturdier than aluminum gutters and are ideal for areas with lots of rain and snow. 

Vinyl Rain Gutters

Vinyl rain gutters are the least expensive option and easy enough to install that you can do the job yourself. This type of rain gutter uses silicone gaskets to join each component and is known for being waterproof. Vinyl rain gutters come in a variety of colors. However, vinyl rain gutters are prone to fading and cracking from extended exposure to the sun.


By selecting the right rain gutters for your home, you can improve the look of your house and provide necessary protection for you home's foundation. If you have additional questions about rain gutter selection, please speak with a licensed building contractor in your local area. Contact a company like Miller Roofing & Guttering Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.