How Long Do Gutters Last? | Xterior LLC.

How Long Do Gutters Last?

Gutter lifespan varies depending on material, climate, and other factors
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Jan 8, 2022

How long your gutters can last before they need to be replaced depends on the material used to make them. How much you paid for the gutters in the first place can be an indication of how long your gutters will last. Often, you get what you pay for. Steel and aluminum gutters tend to last around 20 years, while copper can last up to 50 years.

The material used to make the gutters isn’t the only factor that can influence how long your gutters may last. Other factors include:

  • Climate
  • Gutter cleanliness
  • Installation


Some metals used to make gutters are sturdier and more long-lasting than others. Aluminum is one of the most common materials used. While it is sturdy and corrosion-resistant, its lifespan is typically around 20 years. Steel gutters are another popular option that also lasts for around 20 years. Zinc gutters are more long-lasting than steel or aluminum and can last up to 40 years. The longest-lasting gutter material is copper, which can last up to 50 years. This is the most expensive option, but you won’t have to replace your gutters as quickly.


If you live in an area with extreme weather, such as hurricanes or extreme cold and snow, then your gutters may not last as long. This is because the cold and other weather hazards can cause wear and tear on the gutters that can reduce its overall lifespan.

Gutter Cleanliness

Gutters with leaves

Keeping your gutters clean and free of leaves and debris can help to increase their lifespan. Gutters can clog and start leaking if too much debris gets stuck in them. However, cleaning your gutters regularly can be time-consuming and tedious. Many homeowners choose to protect their gutters from leaves and debris by installing gutter guards. There are several different types, so homeowners can choose which ones work the best for them. Some gutter guards sit inside the gutters, while others are installed above the gutters.

Gutter Installation

How well the gutters are installed also plays a big role in how long the gutters last. If the gutters are improperly installed, then the gutters won’t work as well to keep water away from your home. They may leak and the gutters themselves could become damaged from mold and mildew that could build up within them because the water isn’t draining properly from the gutters. Gutters that aren’t properly installed may need to be replaced much sooner. For this reason, it’s a good idea to hire a professional to install your gutters for you.

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