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Why Homeowners Want to Use Galvanized Gutters
Homeowners across the country are making the switch from traditional aluminum, vinyl, and steel gutters to galvanized
options. There are several reasons for this, but to summarize, galvanized gutters offer better protection and more
longevity than their counterparts. Here are some of the many reasons why homeowners are trading their traditional
materials for galvanized steel.
No Unsightly Rust or Corrosion
Traditional steel gutters have an iron component, and as you’ve probably seen, this iron reacts to oxygen exposure and
moisture, creating rust. While a few rust spots are not cause for concern, if they are left untreated, the gutters will
eventually rust all the way through and disintegrate. Aluminum gutters aren’t prone to rust, but they can and sometimes
do corrode – especially in urban areas prone to acid rain. Galvanized steel is protected with a coating of zinc, which
resists both rust and corrosion.
Easy, Safe Cleaning
Gutters can collect dirt and mold over time, which means they will require a good cleaning about once per year. Most
homeowners prefer to use a bleach solution to clean their gutters as it kills mold mildew while inhibiting its regrowth.
Unfortunately, using chlorine bleach on traditional stainless steel can destroy its outer oxide layer, which leaves spots
and stains and makes the steel even more prone to rust. It is safe to clean galvanized steel with chlorine bleach since
that bleach cannot penetrate the outer zinc layer.
Strong and Durable
Homeowners choose galvanized gutters more frequently because they are stronger and they have a longer lifespan. The
extra layer of zinc helps to protect the gutter system from things like thermal warping, cracks from freeze and thaw
cycles, and even denting caused by hailstones, limbs, or simply resting a ladder against it. Most galvanized gutters last at
least 15 years, and some may last even longer if they are well-maintained and sealed from time to time.
The Lowest-Cost Specialty Gutter
Galvanized gutters are considered “specialty” gutters because they receive special treatment prior to installation. Most
specialty gutters are tricky to install, which can drive up overall costs. While homeowners will pay more for the actual
gutter materials themselves due to the labor involved in adding the zinc coating, they will not pay more for labor. In fact,
thanks to the longevity of galvanized gutters, and due in part to the fact that these gutters require fewer repairs over
their lifetimes, homeowners often save money by choosing galvanized at the outset.
Finally, homeowners won’t purchase a gutter system – no matter how durable or maintenance-free – if it doesn’t look
nice and complement their homes’ exteriors. Galvanized steel offers a brilliant, shiny silver appearance that looks nice
against almost any home. It has a mill finish, so it can be used in both modern and rustic applications without sacrificing
beauty. While the galvanized surface cannot be painted as-is, it is possible to safely etch and prime the shiny surface so
that paint will adhere.
Galvanized gutters cost more than their counterparts up-front, but thanks to the numerous benefits they provide, they
are actually an investment. They last up to 15 years and even longer with the proper care, and they require far less
maintenance than the other popular gutter materials.