Choosing the best rain gutters for your home can be a daunting task. Maybe you are placing the finishing touches on a newly built residence. Or just sick of leaks springing from an existing structure. A wide array of gutters make final decisions virtually impossible. To simplify things, keep a few pointers in mind. The following are suggestions made by professionals to assist clients with gutter selection:

– Think about which materials you want the gutters constructed from. Copper and zinc units are high-end pieces with a significantly higher price tag. Copper units compliment older homes, while zinc units work well with contemporary architecture. Sturdy steel units are long-lasting, but do not posses a lot of visual appeal. Aluminum is lightweight and quick to install, but tends to be weaker than other materials.

– Review gutter styles. With a look similar to crown molding, K Style units are the most common and least inexpensive gutter systems. Fascia style units resemble K Style, with a straighter profile. The pieces work well with tile and shake roofs. Half round gutters are a classic, open style. Seamless gutters are installed using special machines, while sectional gutters are available precut at the local hardware store.

– Express whether color is a necessity. As copper and zinc pieces age, they display highly desired, unique tones. Limited paint colors are available for steel units, while a wide color spectrum is available for aluminum pieces that compliment homes and the surrounding environment. Inquire about color availability before settling on a particular material.

– Know your gutter size. Five and six-inch units are considered standard by industry professionals, but seven inch gutters are recommended for homes located in areas prone to heavy rainfall. A roof with steep inclines can also benefit from larger gutters. Too-small units lead to flooding or ice-damming, an event that causes water build-up behind ice located on roof edges. Ice damming causes significant structural damage. Contact a licensed installer to discuss the best gutter size for your home.

– Know about coatings. If you choose steel gutters, they will have to be properly coated to guard against rust. Different coating procedures are available, using zinc in combination with other materials. With extended use, copper and zinc gutters form their own protective coatings. Check to that copper pieces do not contain lead as a protective barrier. Neighborhoods view any runoff as an environmental hazard.