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Why Choose Aluminum Gutters

Why Choose Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum is popular for a variety of applications, including seamless gutters. Aluminum’s lightweight and relative strength is one reason for its popularity as a metal. Another advantage of aluminum is that it does not rust like steel when exposed to the elements.

Aluminum VS Steel

Steel begins rusting when it is exposed to moisture. Rust on steel is the result of corrosion which occurs when moisture comes into contact with steel or iron. While the rust forms on the surface of the metal, it will continue to wear deeper and deeper into the metal as surface layers rust away. Eventually, the rust and oxidization will destroy the metal.

Rust/ CorrosionThe Importance of Gutters

Stainless steel avoids rust because of the addition of other elements, including chromium. This combination of elements in stainless steel results in a thin layer of corrosion forming on the surface of the steel when it is exposed to moisture. Scientific American notes that this corrosive layer is formed at the atomic level – so small that it can only be observed with special instruments – but serves to protect stainless steel from further visible corrosion as occurs with standard steel. This means it appears rust-free, but is not truly without wear.

Aluminum behaves somewhat similarly to stainless steel. As aluminum is exposed to moisture, a corrosive process known as oxidation occurs on the surface of the metal. As a result of this oxidation, a hard, protective layer forms over the surface which protects the metal from further corrosion, as reported by Stanford University researchers. A similar process, known as anodizing, may be performed on aluminum that also protects the metal from corroding.

Resistance to wear is one of the many reasons Alaska Premier Gutters only uses 0.032-gauge aluminum to manufacture our seamless gutters. This aluminum is thicker than the industry standard for gutters which guarantees long-term performance. It also offers additional resistance to other wear factors like heavy snowfall, wind, and rain.

If you are in need of gutter services, contact Alaska Premier Gutters. Alaska Premier Gutters provides a wide variety of gutter repair services and gutter installation in Anchorage, AK. Visit our services page to see how we can help your home’s gutter system today!

Common Gutter Issues for Fall and Winter

Common Gutter Issues for Fall and Winter

Maintaining clean gutters allows water to flow freely away from your home and prevents potentially dangerous ice dams from forming on your roof, among other benefits. There are several common threats to your gutters in the winter months. Here are the most common issues that could impact your gutters this fall and winter: Ice Dams… Continue Reading

Collecting Rainwater from Your Gutters

Collecting Rainwater from Your Gutters

Harvesting rainwater from your gutter system can be a great way to use natural resources and reduce costs. There are many benefits to harvesting rainwater and different methods to collect it. With water shortages increasing across the nation, it is important to rely on other sources besides our indoor water system. Rainwater can be used… Continue Reading

The Importance of Gutters

The Importance of Gutters

While rain gutters can help increase the value of your home, they are also essential when it comes to the protection of your home. If you don’t have gutters installed on your home, learn what can happen if you continue without them. Here are a few reasons why proper drainage is essential to maintaining your… Continue Reading