Since they’re constantly collecting water in their troughs, guttering systems can be especially vulnerable to water damage, most often in the form of rust. Particularly in areas known for their extreme precipitation, aluminum drainage systems can become impaired within just a few years of installation. Therefore, it’s wise to invest in galvanized metals.
Steel gutters are known for their sturdiness and strength and can either be stainless or galvanized. Stainless steel gutters are very uncommon, mostly due to their high costs. While they never rust and can maintain their sheen for years, the associated cost makes them off-limits for many homeowners.
What Is “Galvanized” Steel
Galvanized steel is coated with a thin layer of zinc, which strengthens the metal and makes it resistant to rust. Because galvanized steel gutters are more popular than those fashioned from stainless steel, let’s examine the advantages and disadvantages of galvanized steel gutters:
● Average life expectancy: 15-20 Years
● Resistant to rust
● Outperforms aluminum when it comes to resisting damage and thermal warping
● Can be customized on-site into seamless gutters that fit perfectly on your home
● Protective layer of zinc will eventually wear off, making the gutters susceptible to rusting
● Difficult to tell whether zinc layer has been compromised, so without periodic inspections, rust could go unnoticed for longer periods of time
● Heavier metal, making installation more difficult
Why Install Galvanized Steel Gutters?
Because of these benefits, galvanized gutters can better resist water, and weather, as well as physical damage. They can be painted over to meet style preferences. This will also help to further increase protection against the elements. Because galvanized steel does not patina overtime, many homeowners prefer it. The unique mill finish of galvanized gutters often compliments contemporary and modern style homes. In addition, it adds a beautiful rustic look to barns and farm homes.
If you aren’t sure how well your existing gutters will do once snow and ice hit Woodbury and St. Paul, MN area, it may be time for you to call the gutter professionals. As a steel gutter installer, our team at Minnesota Leafless Gutters is eager to provide you with affordable and long-lasting steel gutter options for your home. To request a free estimate today, give us a call at (612) 221-0362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.