What are the best types of gutters for your home?

When you’re a homeowner, there always seems to be something that needs fixing. If your gutters look worse for wear and you start seeing water damage each time a heavy rainfall happens, then it is probably time to repair your rain gutter system.

Since rain gutters can come in various materials and configurations, figuring out which rain gutter system is best for your house can be a little nerve-wracking. The best bet is to talk to other homeowners who have recently built new gutters and seek advice from some gutter experts to see their experiences. To get you started, we contacted the gutter experts at Cavalry Roofing in North Carolina about what are some of the most popular gutter systems along with their advantages and disadvantages:

What are the best types of gutters?

Rain gutters are typically made of Aluminum, vinyl, or steel. Half-round and K-style gutters are made of all of these materials; fascia gutters are only made of aluminum. Let’s discuss them one by one.

Aluminum gutters

Aluminum gutters fall into three regular thicknesses: 0.025 inches, 0.027 inches, and 0.032 inches. Although the thinnest aluminum is the cheapest, it is more likely to crack or bend; the thicker metal is slightly more costly but usually worth it, mainly if you live in a snowy region in the winters. You can find 10-foot lengths of aluminum gutters in most home improvement stores for DIY installations. Expect to pay around $2 to 3 dollars per linear foot for DIY K-style aluminum rain gutters, and twice as much if you have them professionally mounted.


  • Easy installation and lightweight
  • Weatherproof
  • Durable for up to 25 years
  • It would not rust
  • A variety of colors are available


  • Might dent or bend

Stainless Steel Gutters

Many steel rain gutters are galvanized to maximize rust tolerance, but oxidation will usually begin to take place within 10 to 15 years. And while leaf guards help prolong the life of any form of rain gutter, they are particularly important with galvanized steel gutters, as sodden masses of fallen leaves accelerate the onset of rust.

Stainless steel gutters will not rust, but they are far more costly than galvanized steel. Since steel gutters are very high, it is not recommended to install DIY. Expect to pay between $8 to $10 per linear foot for professionally designed galvanized steel gutters, and almost twice as much for stainless steel.


  • All-weather resistant
  • You can paint them
  • Strong material


  • Can rust with time
  • DIY-unfriendly
  • Comparatively heavy

Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl gutters have been one of the most common gutter systems. The advantages include ease of installation and the fact you never have to worry about rusting them. They’re perhaps a more cost-effective option. Since the pieces are lightweight and easy to put together, installation is also a lot less complicated, making it more straightforward for homeowners who choose to install themselves.


  • Inexpensive and lightweight
  • Rust free option
  • DIY friendly
  • Can be painted


  • Might crack in hard freezing weather
  • Color fades with extreme sun exposure