There are different gutter materials available on the market, and vinyl gutters are one of the cheapest options available. But there are reasons why most gutter experts don’t recommend installing them on your home.
Continue reading as Gutter Helmet shares the top reasons you should avoid vinyl gutters.
They Deteriorate Faster
Vinyl gutters are inexpensive but they deteriorate faster than other gutter materials. Unlike aluminum or copper, vinyl gutters become brittle after consistent, long-term exposure to fluctuating temperatures. They also tend to sag as they get older. If you’re looking for a balance between performance and price, galvanized gutters can give you more bang for your buck. They also work in most climates and environments.
They’re Not Environmentally Friendly
Vinyl gutters are typically made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Plastic is known to decompose very slowly and it can be hard to recycle — significantly impacting the environment when not disposed of properly. Although they are cheap, vinyl gutters easily break down and when sent to landfills, they will remain for a long time, slowly releasing harmful chemicals into the environment. More environmentally friendly gutter materials are available, so consult a reputable contractor before making a choice.
They Have Limited Color Selection
Vinyl gutters are available in limited color choices, mostly white and brown. This can make it difficult for you to find a shade that complements your exterior color scheme. If you want more color options, take a look at aluminum gutters instead.
Keep your home free of water damage by keeping your gutters in optimal condition. Gutter Helmet® gutter guards offer excellent protection from debris and prevent the clogs that often lead to overflowing gutters and water-related damage. Consult our gutter experts by calling (800) 824-3772 or filling out our contact form.