Gutters and gutters’ life is a highly underestimated topic among the many other topics involved in house-maintenance. This is probably due to the fact that very few people have a deep knowledge of what gutters keep doing for our house, year after year. Most of us just think that gutters “somehow” downstream rain from the roof. Which is exactly their job but very few of us really understand what this actually means.
Gutters are a fundamental, critical and key factor in any house. When heavy rain hits the roof, gutters collect the pouring water and downstream it so that no time is left for water to flood the under-roof and/or leak through the walls and down to the house foundations. No gutters – or worse in case of leaking or clogged gutters – would result in serious damage for the whole house basic structure.
Moreover, gutters run along the house profile to protect the whole perimeter. You should always clearly bear in mind that it is in gutters that most insects find their ideal environment to depose their larvae, which can seriously pest your home especially in summertime or in hot areas. Also, birds love to build their nests in gutters if they find them clogged with dirt which makes it easier for them to settle there.
These are just some of the reasons why gutters should be correctly cleaned and maintained throughout their lifespan, to ensure your house is protected from rain and from other dangers, as said.
To meet customers’ various needs and budget requirements, the market offers a number of different options, depending on a parallel number of factors. We are now going to look into some of the costs involved for most popular gutter installments and care in the area of Boston.
To have an overall view of the options here is a list of the most popular gutters now available on the market:
- Vinyl gutter: as non-metal, this kind of plastic polymer product is certainly the newest and can be considered a good product if you have to keep an eye on your budget for gutter purchase and installation. Vinyl gutter are considered heavy duty and – basically – maintenance-free as the polymer they are made of is weather-resistant. If properly installed with their own special sealers, vinyl gutter can represent a good choice for a basic budget installation.The only problem is – they don’t last long time.Typical lifetime is 5-10 years. Price range for this product varies from $4.90 to $ 6.21 per linear foot, usually including the basic installation and excluding gutter covers, guards or even removal of existing gutter.
- Aluminum gutter: This is certainly another good choice which takes into consideration budget and aesthetics. Aluminum gutters are offered in a number of models to enhance the house’s architectural style, be it traditional or modern. Aluminum gutters do represent an interesting solution for those who want to install quality products which also allows for some aesthetic modulation of the perimeter. However, aluminum gutters need some maintenance. They will require coating every now and then, depending on the standard weather conditions they get exposed to and this should be kept in mind when considering the overall investment. Prices for an aluminum installation are in the range of $12 to $ 17.88 per linear foot, depending on gutter profile and initial surface treatment.
- Galvanized steel gutters: These have now been used for over 150 years and probably represent the most widely installed products. Galvanized steel gutters are a good choice in between budget and the high-end product and are a strong, heavy-duty, reliable investment, requiring a reasonable amount of maintenance over the years. Stronger than vinyl and aluminum gutters, prices for these products start from $15 per linear foot, including basic installation and excluding covers, panelling or dismantling of any existing installation.
- Finally, the masterpiece of all: copper gutter. We all know that copper is a very expensive alloy and – as such – a copper gutter installation should be considered as a finishing, beautiful framing touch for a brick or stone villa as the impact that copper has on the eye is definitely astonishing. You should love the look, to start with. Bright and shiny at the time of installation, copper may tarnish in a very short time. You might not particularly love that look. Copper does need regular cleaning and polishing thus adding to the initial investment. However, if this very high-end option is what you are really looking for, then consider that copper gutters are nearly 4 times more expensive than aluminum products and price ranges from $ 34.54 to $ 38.67 per linear foot.