So far in this four-part series, we have overviewed copper, aluminum, and steel gutters. Many homeowners choose copper for its attractive look and unmatched performance, while others choose aluminum or galvanized steel gutters for the balance of affordability and durability. This final installment looks at the nonmetal substance typically used for gutters—vinyl. Vinyl gutters are made from PVC plastic and come in a variety of colors. A low-cost option, many homeowners choose to install vinyl gutters themselves. In fact, vinyl gutters are often sold in easy, snap-on pieces specifically with the average homeowner in mind.

The following chart outlines some of the pros and cons of vinyl gutters to help you decide if they are the right fit for your home:

Pros & Cons of Vinyl Gutters

While vinyl is not as flashy as its metal counterparts, it is a durable material that can stand up to the wear and tear that gutters face in the line of duty. No matter what gutter material you decide is best for your home, working with a knowledgeable gutter professional will help to ensure that your gutters quietly and efficiently protect your home instead of causing constant homeowner headaches.

To learn more about additional rain gutter materials, check out our blog articles detailing the advantages and disadvantages of aluminum, copper, and steel gutters.

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Sources: Los Angeles Times; National Association of Home Builders; New York Times; This Old House; Washington Post.

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