There are several factors to consider when choosing the “best” gutter material for your home. Depending on what’s most important to you (i.e., cost over durability), there are several options either made available to you or ruled out. The gutter experts at Minnesota Leafless Gutters have the expertise to help guide you in making the decision for what’s best for you!
Best Gutter To Withstand Harsh Minnesota Winters
If you’re looking solely for a gutter material that can withstand the harsh Minnesota snow, ice, and subsequent melt phase, then aluminum is the better choice. It is the gutter material that is the most resistant to the cold conditions that Mother Nature can dish out. It is a lightweight material, making it easy to install, and can be painted to match your home’s exterior.
Aluminum, being lightweight, means it is not the strongest material. This will be evident if ladders are placed against the face of the gutter, which will cause small indentations. To help combat this, you can select a more premium grade of aluminum, rather than the recycled variety.
Gutters For Those Trying To Watch Their Expenses
Vinyl gutters are the most cost-effective and therefore the most popular material. The material is also easy to install, as most pieces simply “snap” together. This ease of installation keeps labor costs low and makes repair/replacement easy, as well.
The frequent temperature swings that Minnesota experiences (freeze-thaw cycles in the winter, especially), make aluminum brittle over time. This makes them less durable than some other materials available.
Strongest Gutter Material
Consistently rated as the top gutter materials are steel and copper. These metal materials are among the strongest materials available on the market. Their strength allows them to withstand the force of falling tree branches and ladders resting on their facades. Steel gutters can maintain their look and keep a brilliant finish for years to come.
The downside to these is mainly cost. You’ve heard the saying, “You get what you pay for.” It holds true here, too. While there is a rather significant cost difference between steel and copper, versus vinyl and aluminum, you will have the peace of mind that you have the best materials available. One other possible downside, though it’s in the eyes of the beholder, is that copper will discolor over time. The copper will turn more of a green color with oxidation. If you are particular about design elements, this can be seen as a deciding factor.
Minnesota Leafless Gutter Systems
Regardless of what material you choose for your installation, the design and installation experts at Minnesota Leafless Gutters are standing by to help. We can help you navigate the many materials, configurations, and colors available, as well as help with installation and finishing. To schedule a free on-site consultation, call (612) 221-0362.