Gutter guards primarily come in two materials: Plastic and metal. Plastic is usually much more affordable but less durable than metal.
Homeowners who are searching for the best gutter material will come across a lot of options. To make an informed decision and choose the material that best fits your needs and budget, you should take some important factors into consideration:
- Local climate
- Aesthetic value of the material
- Installation process
- Maintenance procedures
- Overall effectiveness
Each type of gutter material has its pros and cons. For example, plastic gutters may be damaged after extended periods of direct exposure to sunlight. But they are less likely to sustain damage from constant rain like some cheaper steel gutters, which rust and become less effective and durable over time.
Overall though, metal is a much better option than plastic. In most cases, it is much more effective and reliable, and the right choice of metal will avoid the pitfalls of rust or weakness. Aluminium, steel and stainless steel are the three metal gutter materials for guards that homeowners can choose from.
High-grade aluminium can last for decades.Australian aluminium is famous for being durable, light and rustproof and does not become brittle and crack over time. Its clean and streamlined appearance is also a plus.
BlueScope COLORBOND steel is the most highly recommended metal. It can withstand the elements, so is ideal for areas that have harsh and unpredictable weather conditions. Its baked-on paint finish makes it resistant to chipping, cracking and peeling.Take care to buy BlueScope Colourbond steel rather than repainted BlueScope Zinc, as this will not last as long.
Marinegrade stainless steel is a good choice as well. Since it offers excellent corrosion resistance, it is ideal in marine effected areas.
There is no question that metal is the best material for gutter guards.
For more information about gutters and gutter protection, watch out for our next blog post on typical gutter warranties.