(Article Excerpt and Image from Five Advantages of Aluminum Rain Gutters, YahooVoices, September 7, 2007)
Your home’s gutter system aims to protect your roof from being overwhelmed or flooded with rainwater as it guides the runoff down into a drain. Without rain gutters, even sloped roofs run the risk of water damage, and while there are many options out there, few can rival the functionality of aluminum gutters. Below are some of the advantages provided by this type of gutter system:
Aluminum gutters are rust-proof, so you have little to worry about when it comes to maintaining and protecting it against oxidation due to water damage. While other metal gutters might begin to depreciate quickly and become worn down in just about five years (this is also due in part to rust formation), aluminum gutters are durable enough to last up to 30 years, and the most that you have to worry about is unclogging it from time to time.
Most aluminum gutters offered by leading Tampa roofing contractors come in a seamless design, which basically means that it is cut and installed as a single length instead of a few panels pieced together by metal adhesives. This makes it almost impervious to leaks. Aside from the seams themselves, one of the most common causes of gutter leaks are the fasteners, both of which seamless aluminum gutters have little to none of.
According to an article by Yahoo! Voices, these gutter types can be quite the energy and time saver when it comes to installation as well:
Aluminum rain gutters are also easy to install. Steel and copper gutters need to be installed by professionals because they require soldering of the joints. Aluminum rain gutters do not require soldering during installation. They are also lightweight, so they can be shaped very easily during installation.
Aluminum gutters also come in a wide variety of color choices, much more than other gutter types. Most homeowners want their gutters to blend in with their home exterior so it won’t stand out like an out-of-place pipe; hence, color choice is essential in this matter. Moreover, if you still can’t find the right color for your house, you could always paint it.
A trusted Tampa roofing contractor like Arry’s Roofing Services, Inc., could help ensure that your aluminum gutter will do its job well by properly installing it for you. Having a dependable gutter system that allows rainwater to flow away from areas that it could very well damage is critical in maintaining the integrity of your beloved home.