Materials There are many new materials on the market that offer a wide variety of choices for those looking
for new gutters. PVC, Aluminum, and Galvanized gutters are popular choices. Each has its own advantages
Discussing your home’s roofing and guttering needs with your roofing contractor is the best way to ensure
that you choose the materials best for your situation.
Gutters come in a variety of materials yet the four most popular are the following:-
3. Steel and
Copper is without doubt beautiful, granted, anyone fitting copper gutters will increase the value of their
property. Copper gutters are durable, resistant to rust and rot, require little maintenance and are long lasting.
Over time though your gutters will turn green which may be attractive on a centuries old building, but won’t be
quite so lovely on a suburban new build.
Before you consider copper as an option, bear in mind that copper is not well suited to our South African weather.
Our harsh climate makes copper susceptible to oxidation. Besides all the advantages and disadvantages, copper is
a personal choice, and one that comes with a pretty hefty price tag..
Aluminium gutters on the other hand are tend to be the more popular choice due to their ability to resist rust,
require no painting and come in a vast array of colours. However, they are susceptible to dents and tearing.
Aluminium is also well suited to the South Africa climate, especially if they are power coated or painted first.
Vinyl gutters offer you altogether different properties, vinyl is lighter than other materials, easier to install,
easy to cut to size, are great for the DIY installer, are completely rust resistant, maintain their colour well
and will not dent. However, in our parts of South Africa where we experience extreme heat fluctuations they are
liable to warp.
Steel or galvanised gutters on the other hand are the most durable but they do have a limited life span as they
are prone to the weather. Their advantages though are that they won’t warp in extreme temperatures, are highly
resistant to damage such as denting and tearing which makes them a great choice for our storm prone areas.
They have a tensile strength of around 50,000 psi (aluminium’s psi is around 22,000) and are available in a
variety of colours. Steel gutters are however not recommended for DIY enthusiasts.