Gutters, although not glamorous, are a necessity for every home needs! We often don't even think of them until they are clogged or ripped from their moorings. But when you're selling your home, you can bet that a home inspection will definitely pick up any any problems. So now that the weather is warm, it's the time to check out the gutters and see if any maintenance is required. Perhaps a simple cleaning is all your gutters need or do they need to be replaced? If they need to be replaced,there are many choices to chose from. Here are a list of material to chose and the cost.
- Vinyl. The least inexpensive but also the one that won't last the longest. Easy for DIYers. Won't rust or rot but can bend or bow under heavy snow or rain. Limited color choice. Warranty about 20 years and cost about $1 - $2 per foot.
- Steel. It's coated with either zinc-aluminum or chrome. Galvanized steel last about 15 years before it rust. Stainless steel never rust. And galvalume has a 25 year warranty. Galvanized $2 - $4 per foot, Stainless Steel $4.50 - 12 per foot, Galvalume $2- 4- per foot.
- Aluminum. Most popular chose. Low cost and won't rust. Comes in array of colors. They are susceptible to denting. Last about 25 years. $1.50 - $8 per foot.
- Zinc. Able to withstand variable changes in the weather. Last 30 to 40 Years. $49 - $10 per foot.
- Copper. Virtually indestructible. Never needs painting. Won't rust. Oxidizes to a beautiful blue-green over time. Should last about 100 years. $11 - $18 per foot.
As a home stager and redesigner of Abella Home Staging & Redesign in New York, I often will notice during a consultation whether your gutters need to be maintained. One of the benefit of hiring a home stager. There are many options to consider, cost, and style of the home. Choosing the right can make a difference!!