piece of zinc gutter
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Material: Zinc

Strong, rustproof, and weathers to an attractive matte gray. Pro installation recommended because of its high contraction and expansion rate when temperatures change. Seams are soldered, but the process is more difficult than with copper. Lasts 30 to 50 years, depending on its proximity to saltwater. Vulnerable to acidic runoff from cedar-shingled roofs.

Cost: About $9 to $10 per foot
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