Which Is Better, Vinyl or Aluminum Gutters?
If you are looking at the different types of gutter systems to install on your New England, MA home, you may be checking out the differences between vinyl and aluminum. These are two popular gutter systems that offer protection for your home. Vinyl or aluminum gutters aren’t the only choices, however. There may be other options that work better for you such as copper gutters.
One of the factors to consider is how well the material stands up to our New England climate. Another is cost. Another could be the option to match the colors of your home. Take a look at below at the differences between vinyl and aluminum gutters. If you need any help deciding from a professional New England Roofing Contractor, just give Precision Roofing a call.
Aluminum gutters have been used on homes for a long time. It is a very popular material with many benefits. You have more color options with aluminum gutters while vinyl only comes in basic colors like white, cream, or tan. You can paint aluminum gutters to match any color. Aluminum gutters can dent, tear, or bend. However, rain and snow won’t damage an aluminum gutter as it will vinyl.
- Won’t Rust
- Won’t Rot
- Great In Any Climate
- Can Be Painted
- Comes In A Variety Of Colors
- Handles Heavy Snow
Vinyl gutters are often warranted to last a minimum of 20 years up to a lifetime with an LTD warranty. Be careful to read the warranty information before making your decision. In extreme cold, the vinyl can crack because it expands and contracts. Vinyl gutters are known to sag, warp, and break with heavy snow.
Vinyl gutters are made in a variety of thicknesses. However, vinyl gutters made with high-quality PVC last longer. Some are made with a reinforced rim which eliminates sagging, warping, and bowing which is common to vinyl gutter systems.
- Dent Proof
- Corrosion Proof
- Rust Proof
- Very Quiet
- Low Maintenance
Seamless Gutters vs. Seamed Gutters
No matter which type of gutter material you choose, consider installing seamless gutters.
There are many benefits to seamless gutters over seamed gutter systems.
Gutter seams catch debris – Clogged gutters are a pain in the neck to clean out. The seams are prone to catch leaves, twigs, and other things, quickly causing a clog. There is nothing on seamless gutters for debris to get stuck on.
Seamed gutters aren’t strong – Any structure with seams won’t be as strong as a single length with no connective joints. Seamless gutters give the system strength since one piece of material expands the entire length of the roof line.
Seamless gutters won’t leak at seams – Seamed gutters are notorious for leaking at the seams. Seamless gutters don’t have this problem.