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Are Vinyl Gutters Right for Your Home?July 26th, 2013 by
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:
Average Life Expectancy: Over 20 years in moderate climates
Advantages of Vinyl Gutters
- Will not rust or rot
- Vinyl quietly redirects water in comparison to some louder metals
- Ideal for do-it-yourself projects due to very low cost and ease of installation
Disadvantages of Vinyl Gutters
- Vinyl will likely crack due to temperature fluctuations, particularly in colder climates
- Leaks between sections can develop over time
- Though inexpensive, additional materials needed to install gutters yourself can increase costs
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.