Gutters, Not glamorous but a necessity just the same!

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Home Stager with Abella Home Staging & Redesign

Gutters, although not glamorous, are a necessity for every home needs! We often don't even think of them until they are clogged or ripped from their moorings. But when you're selling your home, you can bet that a home inspection will definitely pick up any any problems. So now that the weather is warm, it's the time to check out the gutters and see if any maintenance is required. Perhaps a simple cleaning is all your gutters need or do they need to be replaced? If they need to be replaced,there are many choices to chose from. Here are a list of material to chose and the cost.

  1. Vinyl. The least inexpensive but also the one that won't last the longest. Easy for DIYers. Won't rust or rot but can bend or bow under heavy snow or rain. Limited color choice. Warranty about 20 years and cost about $1 - $2 per foot.
  2. Steel. It's coated with either zinc-aluminum or chrome. Galvanized steel last about 15 years before it rust. Stainless steel never rust. And galvalume has a 25 year warranty. Galvanized $2 - $4 per foot, Stainless Steel $4.50 - 12 per foot, Galvalume $2- 4- per foot.
  3. Aluminum. Most popular chose. Low cost and won't rust. Comes in array of colors. They are susceptible to denting. Last about 25 years. $1.50 - $8 per foot.
  4. Zinc. Able to withstand variable changes in the weather. Last 30 to 40 Years. $49 - $10 per foot.
  5. Copper. Virtually indestructible. Never needs painting. Won't rust. Oxidizes to a beautiful blue-green over time. Should last about 100 years. $11 - $18 per foot.
 

ZINC GUTTERS

Copper Smith Gutter Company

 

VINYL GUTTERS

Green Oak Gutter Inc


COPPER GUTTERS

Gutter Supply.com

 

As a home stager and redesigner of Abella Home Staging & Redesign in New York, I often will notice during a consultation whether your gutters need to be maintained. One of the benefit of hiring a home stager. There are many options to consider, cost, and style of the home. Choosing the right can make a difference!!

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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere - Salem, OR
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I never knew there were so many choices!  Wow, the copper looks beautiful!

Aug 15, 2011 04:33 PM #1
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Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Centereach, NY

Catherine, neither did I!! I love the copper!!

Aug 15, 2011 04:54 PM #2
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Oh if money were no object, I would have those copper gutters in a heartbeat!  Beautiful!

Aug 15, 2011 04:57 PM #3
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Carmela Abella
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Sharon I know I would too!!

Aug 15, 2011 06:40 PM #4
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Julea Joseph
Reinventing Space - Chicago, IL
Julea Joseph House Stager - Reinventing Space

I went to a cocktail party a few weeks ago (Fundraiser,) at a French Cottage on Lake Michigan, and all the gutters had a perfect patina and at every connection had a lovely Fleur de Li... Spectacular!

Aug 16, 2011 10:01 AM #5
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Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
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Carmela - thanks for sharing this...great photos. I never forget about the gutters...although the clients seem to.

Aug 16, 2011 10:21 AM #6
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
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Almost every home I help with needs to have the gutters cleaned.  You know there might be trouble if there's a miniature forest growing in them!  LOVE the copper gutters and leaders.

Aug 16, 2011 10:26 AM #7
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Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Centereach, NY

WOW! Julea, would have love to see a picture of that!!

Aug 16, 2011 10:33 AM #8
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Carmela Abella
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Wendy, They may forget but I'm sure the inspector won't!!

Aug 16, 2011 10:37 AM #9
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Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Centereach, NY

Julia, Funny you should mention miniature forest. I had one growing on my shed gutters. But my hubby pulled it out!!

Aug 16, 2011 10:38 AM #10
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Kathy Streib
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Carmela- I've been around home building most of my adult life and never paid any attention to gutters but this has been an eye opener.  Definitely love the copper gutters!!!

Aug 16, 2011 03:57 PM #11
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Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Centereach, NY

Kathy, The copper seems to be everyone favorite, not that I blame them!!

Aug 16, 2011 04:24 PM #12
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Carmela--wow, those copper gutters are just amazing.  Surprisingly gutters are not put on most houses on Maui, so we are blessed with one less maintenance item. 

Aug 16, 2011 07:09 PM #13
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Carmela Abella
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Janet, Lucky in both ways. Maintance free and living in Maui!!!

Aug 16, 2011 07:15 PM #14
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Julea Joseph
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Would of loved to have taken pictures, but that would have been totally "faux pas" to do that at this party...

Aug 19, 2011 06:44 AM #15
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