While not always specifically related to buildings, gutters have been around for thousands of years in one form or another. Whatever the application, the principle was the same – to channel water away and to manage its flow and intensity. During the 18th century gutters made of cast iron replaced ones once made of lead and wood. It was during this time they became more common on residences. By the mid-nineteenth century, designers of larger buildings such as churches and courthouses recognized the benefit of protecting structures from water damage and structural deterioration. Today, most residential gutters are made of aluminum. Here are some interesting facts about aluminum gutters that will reveal why they have become so popular over the years.
Most popular: Over 75% of gutters installed on homes in North America are manufactured from aluminum. Aluminum gutter systems are also the first choice for many types of commercial buildings and industrial properties. Because of the material’s inherent flexibility and durability, it allows homeowners to create a unique look for their home’s exterior that is cost-effective.
Lightweight: Aluminum is a lightweight material, making it ideal for gutters. They tend to put less strain on the fascia of a home’s exterior, which means they don’t sag as often as copper gutters or steel gutters. Aluminum gutters are easier to install. This is great for a do-it-yourselfer, but also good for the homeowner hiring a gutter contractor – the less time a crew spends installing a gutter system, the lower the labour costs.
They don’t rust: In addition to being lightweight, aluminum gutters don’t rust. They can easily handle constant exposure to water, the elements, and debris. When taking our Pacific Coast climate into consideration, an aluminum gutter system is a smart choice.
Easy to maintain: Aluminum gutters are easy to maintain. They can be repaired if they do become dented or damaged in some other way. Since aluminum gutters are available in a wide range of colours, it’s a fairly simple process for a homeowner to colour-match when replacing just a section of a gutter system.
Durability and longevity: Depending on climatic conditions, aluminum gutters typically last 20 years, but have been known to protect homes in more temperate climate zones for up to 30 years and more. Because it is rust-resistant and is less likely to thin over time like other metals, aluminum gutters are durable and long-lasting.
Hold more water: Regardless of the size of the gutter – 5-inch, 6-inch, etc. – aluminum gutters typically hold more water than other types of gutter systems.
Can be customized: Aluminum gutters can be customized and installed to complement a variety of architectural styles and other exterior elements such as the roof, siding, and fascia. Aluminum gutter systems are available in a number of thicknesses or gauges, making them simple to create a system that will work for your home, particularly if it’s asymmetrical or ornate in shape. Seamless aluminum gutters can be manufactured on-site to fit the roof, regardless of its configuration. Like the gutters, downspouts can also be customized to meet any particular requirements.