Traditional gutters come in pre-cut sections that are easy to assemble, but those sections must be sealed or soldered at the joints. Sectioned gutters are available in a variety of materials, including steel, copper, aluminum, and vinyl.
Steel is easily the strongest material, so it is good for areas that experience extreme weather, heavy rains, and lots of snow. Steel also has a tendency to rust when in contact with moisture, and can be fairly heavy to lift and support when installed.
Copper and aluminum are also strong but do not rust. With regular maintenance, these types of gutters can last for decades. Aluminum gutters also come in a wide variety of colors, which means you won’t have to paint them unless you’re trying to match their color to your home.