Gutters play a big role in the overall maintenance of the house in wet weather. They collect and direct excess rain water away from the house. This is important as flooding at the foundation of the house weakens the structure and makes it vulnerable to collapse. Gutters must be made of strong material so that they can effectively carry out their functions. Concrete, wood and vinyl are the worst possible materials for gutters. Concrete is heavy and it retains water. Untreated wood that has been exposed to harsh weather elements for a long time is very unattractive. Vinyl reacts badly to extended periods in the sun.
Aluminium is an excellent choice of material for gutters for many reasons. Firstly, aluminium is impressive because it is strong and durable despite its light weight. It has a low density and can withstand corrosion. It also very manageable and does not require much attention and maintenance. Aluminium is so reliable that it is even used in the manufacture of space travel technology and is also important to the transport industry in general.
Another reason that aluminium fittings are ideal for the home is affordability. Aluminium is one of the most abundant metals in the world; almost 8 per cent of the Earth surface is aluminium. This abundance means that aluminium is readily available at low, affordable prices. Also, aluminium is recyclable. It does not lose any of its components when it is recycled. Recycled aluminium is just as good as newly manufactured aluminium.
Though aluminium does not require regular maintenance, it is important that homeowners periodically coat the aluminium with a sealant to keep it newer for longer. As with all other gutters, people must use a ladder and pick out all the debris that gets stuck in the gutter and leave the grooves free to accommodate flowing rainwater.
Great as aluminium is, it does have its disadvantages, one of which is that aluminium is sensitive to bumps, dents and scratches. Homeowners must be careful not to damage the aluminium gutter when using the ladder to reach and clean it.