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Many components of your roof, including  your gutters and gutter protection systems, are made of metal. Your roof needs to be able to withstand a lot of abuse. As such, its fittings have to be made of durable materials that can survive high winds, heavy snow, torrential downpours and constant exposure to the sun. On top of that, these materials must also be able to take a beating from hailstorms, tree branches and other debris.

Let our experts at Gutter Helmet® Systems of Alabama walk you through the different materials gutters are made of along with the pros and cons of each type.


Aluminum is a cost-effective, readily available and reasonably durable metal. Your gutters need to be able to handle large amounts of water. Because of this, you want a material that has a high resistance to corrosion, and that’s where the value of aluminum truly shines. Aluminum gutters are almost impervious to rust and can last decades before showing any signs of disrepair.


Steel holds the title for the strongest gutter material available. However, this extra strength comes with a a higher price tag than aluminum. While stainless steel variants are available, they are even more expensive, which is why most gutters use 24- or 26-gauge galvanized steel to minimize the risk of corrosion.

Copper and Zinc

Not many homeowners choose these materials for their gutters and gutter protection systems mainly because of their cost. However, if you have the budget for it, copper and zinc are hard to beat in terms of durability and appearance. Copper, in particular, even gets better with time, developing a beautiful patina that can drastically improve any home’s curb appeal.

At Gutter Helmet Systems of Alabama, we are your trusted provider of Gutter Helmet®, the number-one gutter guard available today. Give us a call at (866) 598-7525 or fill out our online contact form to request a free quote today. We serve homes in Chelsea, AL, and nearby areas.