We’ll start with the originals. A century ago, basically all homes with gutters had wooden gutters, but today they’re not as sensible. They’re more expensive than the alternatives, they’re heavier, and for the most part, they don’t last as long. In addition, if you want to minimize time and money spent to maintain your gutters, wooden gutters are probably not the way to go.
With that in mind, some people choose wooden gutters because they like the classic style or because their homes are historic. Older homes may look out of place with aluminum or PVC gutters, so restoration junkies tend to stick with wood for their homes and disregard the comparatively pricey cost of wood.
If you keep up on maintenance of wooden gutters, they’re quoted to last for a long time, though the actual amount of time is up for debate. The experts at JTI Siding recommend that if you opt for wooden gutter installation, you can expect them to require major repairs or replacement in about 15 to 30 years.
Wood gutter cost estimate: about $20 – $30 per linear foot
Vinyl gutters are practically the opposite of wooden gutters. They’re cheap, durable and long-lasting, are resistant to dents and corrosion, and can stand up to some pretty heavy rainfall and debris. What they aren’t, usually, is very attractive, according to many.
Vinyl gutters are easy to install and are very scratch-resistant, so you can get as rough as you need to when cleaning them out. Vinyl gutters are made of PVC, and they snap together, making them the easiest gutter to install. One thing to keep in mind is that while vinyl gutters have a low per-unit cost, it’s still important to make sure you’re buying high-quality materials. Low-quality plastic is prone to sagging and warping, which may cause uneven spots in your gutters, resulting in rainwater pulling and causing the potential for breaks.
If you live in Northwest Arkansas, buying vinyl gutters directly from JTI Siding can give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re buying the best-quality and most-economical materials and receiving the best service and gutter installation.
Vinyl gutter cost estimate: $3 – $5 per linear foot
Much like vinyl gutters, aluminum gutters are for the customer who wants to purchase a gutter system, have it installed and then not think about it any more than they have to (for cleaning, etc.). At JTI Siding, we understand that many homeowners view gutters as a necessary addition to their homes, but not one they want to deal with very often.
Aluminum gutters are affordable and weather-resistant. They maintaining structural integrity in some of the most extreme climates, which is great you don’t want your gutters warping in the cold. The one downside to aluminum is that compared to some other metals, it isn’t as strong, although it’s more resistant to rust.
Our professional gutter installers custom build gutters to the exact specifications of your home. The aluminum we use is the highest gauge we can bend—which is the thickest and best aluminum available on the market.
Aluminum gutter cost estimate: $5 – $8 per linear foot
Stainless Steel: Unlike aluminum, stainless steel gutters are virtually indestructible, giving them a durability advantage over most other types of gutters. They do tend to be more expensive than some alternatives. So if you want your gutters to serve only the most utilitarian purpose, you might be better off going with one of the less expensive materials.
Stainless steel gutter cost estimate: $8 – $10 per linear foot
Galvanized Steel: When comparing all available styles and materials of metal gutters, think of galvanized steel as the compromise between stainless steel and aluminum. For homeowners that want a material slightly stronger than aluminum to protect against heavy debris build-up and falling branches, galvanized steel gutters fit the bill without the hefty comparative price tag that stainless steel can run you. However, galvanized steel has the potential to rust more than stainless.
Galvanized steel gutter cost estimate: $5 – $7 per linear foot
Think of your intention for the utility of your gutters on a spectrum: If vinyl and aluminum are at the low end, i.e. hardly thought about until they fail or need to be cleaned, copper gutters are at the opposite end. Copper gutters can be exorbitantly expensive, while their durability is comparable to other metal gutters. If you’d love the striking appearance of copper on your home, and you can afford them, then you’re probably the target audience here. Copper gutters are beautifully decorative at times, and they almost always produce a benefit as far as aesthetics are concerned, and they, like stainless steel are nearly indestructible.
Copper gutter cost estimate: $15 – $25 per linear foot