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Inspection and Materials

It's a good idea to inspect gutters a couple times a year to make sure they're operating efficiently. Gutters are secured to something called a fascia board. This board hangs just under the roofline and is typically made of wood. Make sure the fascia isn't deteriorating or rotting when you're on a ladder checking gutters.

Gutter Materials

  • Steel: durable, but rusts over time
  • Vinyl or plastic: A favorite for DIYers; lightweight; long-term exposure to the elements causes fading and degrading
  • Aluminum: most popular choice (fabricated on-site without seams for less chance of leaking)
  • Copper: beautiful and long-lasting; higher price
  • Wood: practically obsolete; found on some historic homes

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