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A gutter system protects the structure and foundation of a home by diverting water away from the roof and exterior walls. However, a number of different styles and materials can be used. With the help of a Silver Spring roofing contractor, a homeowner may choose the type of gutter system that works best with their home and budget.

When it comes to gutters, there are two basic shapes: k-style gutters and half-round gutters. K-style gutters have a styled edge with a flat bottom and a flat back. The decorative edge often mimics crown molding or has a curve. The decorative edge can come in many different styles to match the desired aesthetics. Half-round gutters resemble tubes that have been cut in half lengthwise. K-style gutters are more popular because their capacity is twice that of half-round gutters, but they are more expensive to purchase and install.

In addition to the different styles, gutters can come in different types of materials. The most popular material is aluminum. Not only do aluminum gutters resist rust, but they also last longer in regions that experience snow or other forms of inclement weather. These types of gutters are inexpensive and can be installed by pro roofers quickly and easily. Along the same lines, seamless aluminum gutters are slightly more expensive but reduce the risk of leaks.

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Because the gutters are cut to the length needed at the site of installation, it is recommended that an expert roofer install these gutters. Like aluminum gutters, vinyl gutters are one of the most inexpensive options available. Because they are so inexpensive, however, they are prone to cracking or fading. They also are easily damaged during cleaning. However, they are easy to install and simply clip together.

On the pricier side, steel gutters are strong and rust resistant with a lifespan of approximately five to 10 years. These can be difficult for homeowners to safely and properly install on their own due to their weight. Steel gutters come in a wide range of color options and can be painted to match the exterior of the home. Like steel, copper is also a pricier material that is usually used on historic restorations and high-end residences. The copper cannot be painted and is rust resistant although it will develop a patina over time.

Ultimately, the main factors that should be considered include the cost of the material and installation, the lifespan of the gutters and the home's aesthetics. It is recommended that a professional roofer assist with installation in order to avoid damage to the home.

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