There are three types of eavestroughs on the market today.
The most commonly used and lowest cost quality material, aluminum eavestroughing comes in a wide array of colours to suit any building style and does not require painting. Aluminum eavestroughing is custom cut on site so there are no joints (except in corner locations) and offers system drainage benefits. Keating Roofing & Exterior Contractors, your best choice in the Toronto roofing industry, uses the highest grade of exterior silicone made to endure harsh Canadian winters. Aluminum eavestroughing is available in 5 and 6 inch sizes making it adaptable in most spaces. Drain pipes also come in a range of colours and in sizes of 3, 4 and 6 inches. High grade screens for aluminum eavestroughing are also available to help keep your gutters clear.
Copper is often used for eavestroughing on Historic buildings and luxury properties. Copper eavestroughing does not require painting. It takes extensive labour and installation as the copper must be cut by hand, connected at the corners and seams and then soldered together. Copper is heavier than aluminum, able to carry heavy weights of snow and ice. Copper eavestroughing is considered a very extravagant system averaging four times the cost of aluminum.
3. Galvanized steel
Typically used on commercial and Historic building, galvanized steel was the most utilized eavestrough material prior to aluminum being introduced as an alternative. Galvanized steel eavestroughing needs regular painting and maintenance and will rust if not properly maintained. It is a strong system capable of carrying a lot of weight if a heavy metal gauge is used. Considerable labour and installation time is needed for galvanized steel eavestroughing, which requires hand cutting to desired size, then soldered at corners and seams. The price of galvanized steel eavestroughing is about three times that of aluminum with the additional expense of painting.