Beginner’s Guide to Galvalume Gutters
If you’re looking for gutters that have the look of copper gutters that are coated with zinc, galvalume gutters can be a more affordable option. Galvalume has an exterior coating that is made from 45% zinc and 55% aluminum. The coating is applied to a substrate made of steel. The steel makes the gutters stronger and the outer coating shields the substrate from corroding. The cost of galvalume gutters is about half the price of zinc-coated copper, but the look is the same as copper gutters.
Are you interested in zinc gutters or zinc coated copper gutters? Here is some helpful information about galvalume gutters that will help you decide if this type of gutter is right for you.
What Is Galvalume?
Galvalume is a material made of steel that is coated with a combination of aluminum and zinc. The material is created by an ongoing hot dipping process. This prevents the steel from rusting while creating a durable, long-lasting finish. Galvalume was invented in 1975 and has been tested in several environments for strength and function.
Benefits of Galvalume
There are several reasons why Galvalume steel has become increasingly popular and is often used as an alternative to aluminum gutters. Some of the benefits include corrosion resistance, strength and durability. Galvalume is resistant to smudging and fingerprints as well, so your gutters will be in great condition for year. This material stands up to the weather very well, so if you live in an area that gets heavy rain or snow, you won’t have to corrosion for several decades. When you work with a Storm Master gutter specialist to have Galvalume gutters installed on your home, the bends and cuts are protected. This makes it easy to customize the gutters to fit your home. Galvalume gutters are also oil-free which further protects them from damage and are roll-formed which makes it easy to customize the gutters.
Accessories for Galvalume
There are specific hangers and fasteners you can use with Galvalume, but you need to know which ones will work with the material to keep your gutters look and functioning at their best. If you want to use hangers for gutter installation, you can use hanger made from aluminum or stainless steel. If you prefer to use fasteners, aluminum pop rivets are acceptable. Other fasteners that work well with Galvalume are stainless steel screws and zinc-coated screws. However, screws coated with zinc are a little less corrosion-resistant than Galvalume. This means you may have to tend to gutters with zinc-coated screws a little more often than if you use screws made from stainless steel.
Galvalume vs Galvanized Steel
Galvalume is slightly different from galvanized steel mainly because of its longevity and durability. The fact that Galvalume lasts longer than galvanized steel makes it a viable choice for homeowners. Based on the installation environment (i.e. marine, industrial or rural), Galvalume or zinc gutters will last about nine times as long as galvanized steel. This is another reason Galvalume may be a more viable option for your gutters than aluminum or steel.
Can You Paint Galvalume?
Galvalume or zinc coated copper gutters are safe to paint. You can color the material to match any existing home interior. However, unlike galvanized steel, you don’t have to paint Galvalume to extend the life of the product. Before you start the painting process, remove all oils and dirt from the Galvalume gutters. It’s also best to use a metal primer coat before adding a final coat of paint. If you don’t feel comfortable taking on the painting job yourself, you can count on the Storm Master team to paint the gutters for you. The team will work with you to help you find the color that best compliments your landscape and home exterior. After assessing your home and evaluating the siding of your home, Storm Master can provide you with recommendations for gutter colors that will blend in with the rest of your exterior décor. Or, you can choose a bold gutter color that pairs well with your home but makes your home stand out in a visually appealing way.
Special Considerations When Using Galvalume
Galvalume gutters are pretty easy for most contractors to work with. However, there are some factors to take into consideration before you have the gutters installed on your building.
Storm Master installation professionals only use the best gutter supplies and materials, so you can be sure your Galvalume gutters will be installed with skill and accuracy. As one of the leading gutter companies in the country, Storm Master is committed to providing high-quality products such as Galvalume gutters at an affordable price for customers.
Since Storm Master is fully licensed and insured, you can be sure that your Galvalume gutters will be installed correctly and will last for years. If you’re not satisfied with the gutters for any reason, you can contact the Storm Master team and they will repair or replace your gutters to ensure you’re pleased with your gutters for the entire time you live in your home. Storm Master has been in business for over 40 years and the team is continuously learning about new technologies and methods for providing the best gutter service. Storm Master uses on-site machines to create your gutters on-site, which means you can customize your gutters to match the shape of your home and fit your style. So, not only are you getting durable, weather-proof gutters, you’ll also be increasing the curb appeal of your property.
Storm Master can provide you with a variety of gutter choices, including galvalume gutters. If you’re interested in these types of gutters and want to know more about the materials and installation, contact a Storm Master team member for more information. To learn about the installation process and to get a quote for your property, search ‘gutter services near me’ or ‘rain gutters near me’ to find the Storm Master location nearest you. Your online search can also lead you to customer reviews that will give you more insight into the benefits of galvalume gutters. Check out www.stormmaster.com for more information.