What to Consider When Choosing Gutters for Your Home

Gutters and downspouts are available in a range of materials, including:

  • Vinyl
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Copper

Gutters also come in sizes ranging from 3” to 6” with downspouts available from 2” x 3” to 4” x 5”. Gutter and downspout size is based on the size of the roof and amount and duration of rainfall in your area. Larger gutters and downspouts provide better drainage and clog less than smaller sizes.

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information

Leah Asks: What advice can you give me for choosing gutters for my home?

Danny Lipford: Gutters are available in several different types of materials. And the most common, vinyl and aluminum, is readily available at the home center. But they only come in 10-foot lengths, and that means a lot more seams. There’s also steel guttering and probably the most expensive, copper. And your choice will depend on the type of house that you have and of course the budget. Me, I prefer this, which is a professionally-installed, seamless aluminum gutter because you can make a piece of guttering just about as long as you would need.

And this is a key thing, is the width of the guttering. It can be three-inch, four-inch or five-inch. I prefer it to go up to a six-inch so that it can handle any type of rain that you may get. And it’s real important that your downspouts, when they’re installed, that it’s kicking that water away from your foundation. But no matter what kind of guttering you choose, you still got to keep them clean.


  1. Several years ago I had new gutters installed. I believe they are aluminum — they’ve lasted quite a while, but how long should gutters last? And, I originally complained about them ‘sweating’ so much. I was told that they would stop sweating after they’d been on the house for a while. Yeah, I went for that crap!! (she probably laughed all the way to the bank on that one.)
    Anyway, do all gutters ‘sweat’?
    Thank you for your time and expertise!

  2. I’ve been quoted about $3400 for 160ft stainless steel micromesh gutter guards incl guards @ $21.78 per foot and cleaning. Is this a good deal?

    • Hi, Susan!
      The materials we found with an online search cost less than $3 per foot, so it sounds like the labor is making up the difference. You might want to get more quotes if this one doesn’t fit your budget.
      Good luck!

  3. My oil furnace and sump pump(fits in a five gallon bucket) are located in the crawl space(lowest side of house) under my 1200 sq. ft, A-frame house. When it rains, water floods through the crawl space opening. Need suggestions on how to divert water and leave crawl space open for access. HELP!!


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