Thinking Of Replacing Your Rain Gutters?  How To Choose The Right One

Your rain gutters are usually out of sight and out of mind for most residential and commercial buildings which is why it is an excellent idea to let the experts at North Shore Roofing guide you through the replacement process. It will ensure you choose the most suitable materials for your home or business while also protecting their structural integrity. Here is a list of common gutter materials on the market as well as the pros and cons that will help make informed purchases.


Aluminum gutters are one of the most common materials used because it is lightweight, weather-resistant, affordable, and rust-free. Aluminum gutters are also available in many colors and can be easily painted to match your home’s exterior. While they work well seasonally, there are structural integrity issues. You can purchase better and thicker grades that hold-up well in winter.


Copper holds up well under pressure because of its robust material and is also rust-resistant. This gutter type is the most expensive gutter style on the market, but they are also aesthetically pleasing and the most likely to stand the test of time which makes them an attractive choice.

Galvanized Steel

Galvanized steel is a dense gutter material available in different colors and shapes that stands up well over time even though it is susceptible to rust as it ages. It is also a bit more expensive than some of the other gutter types because it is longer-lasting which is an excellent choice for protecting your home or business during the worst spring and winter Massachusetts weather.


Vinyl is quite popular a choice on homes and businesses because they are affordable, do not rust, and are easy to install because of their snap-on components. They hold up better in milder weather and will need to be replaced much faster than other gutter materials from fragility.


Gutters primarily were made of wood before cheaper materials were mass-produced. For lots of property owners who are in the midst of renovating older homes, they prefer affluent gutters made of redwood, cedar, or fir for their natural appearance although it’s not weather-resilient.


Zinc gutters are sturdy, sustainable, and work well under any climate. They are most often used for property restorations or for affluent clients. They are more affordable than other high-end gutter material, but they require a professional installer because of the need for welding joints.

Gutter Types

There are two basic gutter types including half-round and K-styles. Half-round gutters are U-shaped while K-styles are flat on the back and bottom but are ornamental on the outer face. The K-style holds more volume as well which is why they are more expensive than the half-rounds.


As rainwater moves through the gutter, it enters the downspouts which are available in different sizes. They vertically relocate the water between four and six feet from the home’s foundation. This protects your home or business from soil saturated and infrastructure damage. Standing water also enters through porous building material and causes rising damp, mold, and wood rot.

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