Often vinyl gutters get bad press for a number of reasons. They are the cheapest; the most prone to cracking and splitting in climates that experience extreme freeze-thaw cycles; and can vary in quality depending on composition, thickness and manufacturing method. Regardless of their disadvantages, vinyl rain gutters continue to grow in popularity with homeowners because they are inexpensive, durable and require little, hands-on maintenance.
Of all the different types of materials, vinyl gutters are the easiest to install – they are lightweight, simple to customize, and easy to move around. Even if you are hiring a contractor to do the gutter installation for you, it might be pertinent for you to know that the installation period for copper or aluminum gutters is typically longer than for installing vinyl gutters. Due to how they are made and formulated, vinyl gutters are never seamless; only available in sections, this means they will have one seam for every 10 linear feet of gutter.
Since vinyl gutters are not made of metal, they won’t rust and scratch easily. The pigment or color is added during the manufacturing process, so they will never need painting. However, depending on the amount of sun they are exposed to, sections of vinyl gutters can become faded. They are also susceptible to discoloration caused by pollution or other kinds of environmental damage.
For many homeowners, the pros of installing vinyl gutters more than outweigh the cons. Aside from regular, seasonal debris removal, vinyl rain gutters need very little maintenance. They have been known to last for 30 or more years, are cost-effective and add a sleek, uncluttered appearance to your home’s exterior.