Aluminum, copper, steel—what do they mean? Which one do I choose? Believe it or not, when it comes to gutters, you have many choices to make. Color and style are the easy part, but choosing the material can be confusing. Here is the lowdown on the materials, descriptions, and brief explanations of them.
Continuous aluminum gutters are considered the most common product used today; this gutter holds more water than traditional wood gutters. Although this type is generally recommended, one disadvantage of this material is that it may deform when a heavy ladder is leaned up against it.
This can be easily avoided by careful use of ladders. When buying any metal gutter, be sure to choose the thickest that you can afford. Insist on primary aluminum, which is the thickest and most consistent. Your other choice is secondary aluminum, which is a recycled product and can have inconsistencies in thickness.