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What are the things you need to consider when choosing new gutters? Aside from gutter materials (which should be durable enough to withstand the local climate), you need to consider the thickness or gauge of your gutter replacement. 

The industry standard for gutter gauges is .027, but depending on your local climate, a higher gutter gauge might be needed. Gutter Helmet® Systems of Alabama, your trusted gutter guard installer, elaborates further below: 

.027 vs .032 Gauge Gutters 

For homeowners living in mild to moderate climates, .027 gauge aluminum gutters (which provide a good balance between cost and performance) should be enough. However, if your area often experiences heavy winds and rains, .032 gauge gutters (which are more durable and can, on average, last 20 years) are the better choice. In general, the higher your gutter’s gauge, the more durable it is. 

Keep in mind that .032 gauge gutters cost more than .027 gauge gutters. However, thanks to their durability and long lifespan, they’re arguably worth the extra cost. If you’re not sure which gutter gauge to pick, you can consult a local gutter guard installer

What About .025 Gauge Gutters? 

It’s best to avoid .025 gauge gutters. They’re cheaper than .027 and .032 gauge gutters but aren’t as durable. 

Why Install Gutter Guards? 

Of course, without routine maintenance, even.032 gauge gutters won’t last long. However, if you just don’t have the time for chores like gutter maintenance (or wish gutter cleaning is more convenient), there’s the option of installing gutter guards, which prevent leaves, twigs, and other kinds of debris from entering and clogging your gutters. 

Keep in mind that gutter guards can only lower, not eliminate, your gutter’s maintenance needs: low maintenance doesn’t mean ‘no” maintenance. That is except for Gutter Helmet, the only gutter guards on the market with a Never Clean Your Gutters Again® guarantee. 

Gutter Helmet Systems of Alabama, a local company with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau®, offers a wide range of exterior services, including gutter replacement and gutter guard installation services. To get a free quote, call us at (866) 598-7525 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Chelsea and the surrounding communities in Alabama. 

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