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Pros and Cons of Popular Gutter Types for Huntsville AL Homes

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On August 10, 2011

Rain gutters are essential because they direct rain water away from your home to protect it from water damage. Any home repair professional can tell you about the damage sustained when Huntsville AL homes don’t have gutters or the gutters haven’t been properly maintained.

Types of House Gutters

  • Wood gutters are still in use, especially on older Huntsville AL homes, but they are perhaps the most difficult to maintain properly. These gutters are prone to rotting, wood and mold. Additionally, they’re an attractant for wood-eating insects. The weight of these gutters requires very strong mounting to compensate in the case of backed-up water. If your home has wood gutters, you may want to update your gutters to one of the more modern options.
  • One of the most popular materials for gutters is aluminum. These gutters are lightweight, cost-effective and durable. If improperly maintained, standing water can rust the metal and cause leaks. Depending on where the leak is, this can create rust streaks down your Huntsville AL home’s siding.
  • Vinyl gutters don’t have the rusting problems of aluminum or the weight problems of wood. Vinyl doesn’t rot; it’s very heavy-duty and lightweight. Vinyl gutters are easy to maintain.  But, leaks can be an issue with vinyl.  Because vinyl gutters are often sold in shorter lengths than aluminum gutters, there are more seams which can lead to more leaks.  Vinyl gutters are also more susceptible to cracking or buckling in extreme temperatures and are extremely expensive to repair properly.
  • Copper gutters don’t leak as they’re often installed in a solid piece. Copper won’t rust, and over time will turn an attractive shade of green. This type of gutter may never need to be replaced. The only real downside is the cost. You can expect to pay about double for copper gutters as compared to gutters made out of other materials.  And, you’ll need to pay for installation also because copper gutters are definitely not recommended as a do-it-yourself project.

Want to buy a well-maintained home?  Let me help.  Give me a call today at 256-508-0211 Direct, 800-803-0053 Toll Free or email me at mike@movetohuntsville.com.  

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Having lived in the Huntsville AL area for most of his life, Mike Manosky understands exactly what makes this community special.  In fact, those who know him well will tell you he carries the same traditional values and focus on the future as Huntsville. 

Mike brings with him a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Huntsville AL home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why his clients benefit from his unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Mike Manosky will help make the most of your Huntsville AL real estate experience. Give him a call today, 256-508-0211 Direct or 800-803-0053 Toll Free, and discover the difference he can make during your family’s move.

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