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What Are the Best Types of Gutters?

Your roof looks pristine; your siding appeals to all who drive past your home. However, when was the last time you took a good look at your gutters?


Side view of brick house with white vinyl gutters and downspout

Your roof's drainage system is just as essential as every other aspect of the exterior features of your home. Still, most don't think about updating it until it stops working efficiently.


Choosing a gutter style and material with the expert assistance of a Northern Virginia roofing company will go a long way toward achieving that stunning curb appeal everyone desires for their home.


Gutter Styles and Designs


The following styles and designs are some of the options you'll likely encounter for gutter installation in Northern VA.


K-style


Often recommended for most roofing in Northern Virginia, K-style is the most popular gutter type and has a decorative appearance that resembles crown molding. Although popular, it can be more difficult to clean than other gutters.


Half-round


These gutters are open-ended, with an open side facing the roof. Unfortunately, they easily become clogged. Therefore, their popularity has waned over recent years, and they're not usually at the top of the list for gutter replacement in Northern Virginia.


Fascia


Fascia gutters are generally custom-built to offer your home a modern contemporary look and to match the pitch and dimensions of your roof.


Professional Northern Virginia roofing contractors will tailor-make fascia gutters to suit the style of your home. This boutique approach tends to make these gutters more costly than K-style or half-round guttering.


Box


Box-style gutters are typically found on commercial and industrial buildings but can also be used on residential homes. Northern Virginia Roofing contractors will walk you through your options and make a professional assessment that best suits your property.


Gutter Materials


The most common materials for gutter replacement in Northern Virginia include the following:


  • Aluminum - This is an enduringly popular gutter material averaging a lifespan of up to 20 years. It's incredibly rust-resistant but could be prone to cracking.


  • Galvanized steel - Gutters made from galvanized steel have proven to be more long-lasting than their aluminum counterparts. Their lifespan can last up to 30 years with regular maintenance to keep away rust and other agents of degradation.


  • Zinc - This is an expensive yet low-maintenance option. Zinc gutters are rust-proof and can last up to 80 years.


  • Vinyl - Guttering made from vinyl is among the least expensive options. However, it's not as durable as the other choices, especially in wet climates.


Looking For the Right Advice for Your Guttering Project?


A&M Roofing has several gutter material options for your home in Northern Virginia, as well as different shapes and styles. Keep in mind that performance, quality, lifespan, and cost are factors to consider for long-lasting beauty.


Contact us for an expert, personalized estimate for your next roofing project, including any gutter system installation. As professional licensed contractors, we can help you make an informed decision about the gutter material and style that best suits your home and your budget.

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