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Aluminum gutters are the most common but gutters also come in galvanized steel, plastic, copper and wood.
Galvanized Steel - These are the most economical. Prices range from about $4 to $8 per linear foot.
Aluminum - These are slightly more expensive at $5 to $9 per linear foot; however, Aluminum gutters never rust which makes them a better value.
Vinyl - The Pro is that you can install them yourself because they are easiest to cut to size and they are impervious to rust and rot. The Con is that they can get brittle in extreme cold or with age. They cost about $3 to $5 per linear foot.
Copper - The natural patina of copper doesn't require any finish and doesn’t rust so it will last. The price of these gutters can run you $15 to $20 per lineal foot.
Wood - Requiring a lot of maintenance, wood gutters are rarely installed anymore. They are also much more expensive ranging about $12 to $20
Helpful Hint: You want to make sure you choose the thickest gutter you can afford - best choice is .032 inches. The .27-, .025-, and .019-in.-thick gutters won't hold up as well.
TYPES: Sectional or Seamless
If you want to install gutter systems yourself, your best bet is to go with Sectional Gutters sold in pieces. The drawback is that there is a chance that leaks will occur in the seams.
Seamless Gutters won’t leak because they don't have seams. But because they are extruded to custom lengths on site using a portable machine, they must be installed by a contractor.
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SHAPES & SIZES: U- and K-Shape
Gutters come in several sizes and shapes called profiles. The most common are the U shape and the K shape. The more important choice is the sizing of the gutters and the downspout. Choices include 2x3-in or 3x4-in. rectangular shapes, as well as 3- or 4-in. round pipes. Metal gutters are also available in different sizes. The most popular is 5" gutter which is typically paired with 2" x 3" downspout. 4" gutter is more popular in areas where there is less rainfall. Occasionally you will see 6" gutter in markets where rainfall is particularly heavy. A larger downspout, usually 3" x 4" is often used with 6" gutter. The larger downspout can also be used with 5" gutter if there is a concern about excessive roof runoff. Both gutter and downspout are readily available in 10' lengths.
There are more than 25 different colors to choose from when you buy sectional aluminum and steel gutters allowing you to match house color or the trim. There are not as many choices with Vinyl - usually only come in brown or white. Copper has a natural color and comes unpainted.