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Aluminum vs. Copper – which is the best option for your home?

There are several things to consider about a home and how to ensure its integrity. One aspect to consider is your home’s gutter system. It is very important to have a reliable and easy to maintain gutter system. Without a gutter system, water from rain, snow and ice can cause an overflow of water which can lead to damage to the foundation of the home. Before making such an investment on a gutter system, it is important to determine which type is the best option for the home.

Generally, the choice is between an aluminum or a copper gutter system. It is important to understand the differences in each before deciding which will be best for your home.

Aluminum Advantages:

  • Cost-effective
  • Rust-proof
  • Low-maintenance

Most home gutter systems are made out of aluminum and there are several advantages to using aluminum. One of the top reasons is that it is the most cost-effective material – a great option for those who are on a budget. Not only can it be the best price, aluminum also is rust-proof which means that it can last for a long time without the need for repair or replacement. While aluminum will still require maintenance and repair over time, it is capable of resisting the impact caused by strong weather conditions such as hail and snow storms, reducing the need for continual repair. Aluminum can dent and bend over time, but a professional can help you to determine if it is the best option for your home and can also give advice as to how often to perform maintenance to avoid any unnecessary damage to the gutter system.

Copper Advantages:

  • Durability
  • Low-maintenance
  • Mold/mildew resistant
  • Curb-appeal

A copper system is costly but also has several advantages. Copper is a much stronger material which means that it can last longer and can avoid the need for constant repair. Much like the aluminum gutter system, copper can resist the impact caused by storms; however, one thing to note is that copper can change color due to the changing weather conditions. Copper is a much more costly investment; however, because of its durability and need for low maintenance it may be the best option for your home. Copper is also resistant to any mold and mildew which can help to avoid any possible future problems. Depending on your goal for how the outside of your home looks, copper can be a good option if you’re looking for a more refined look and can really enhance curb appeal.

A gutter system is a large investment so making sure that you get the best for your money can be your top concern. This decision doesn’t need to be a complicated one and by speaking with a professional about the differences between aluminum and copper, the decision can be easy. A professional can talk with you about the benefits of each and help you to make the best decision for your home.