Vinyl Gutters, plastic gutters (polyvinyl chloride) or PVC
We have replace lots of plastic gutters, and here are some of the logical reasons why out of all the possible types of gutters to choose from, they are simply a waste of money.
Plastic gutters are even worse than steel gutters. They may not rust, but the sun will break down the plastic within a decade and they become brittle.
The rubber seals that join plastic gutters at every 10 foot section are made of a cheap rubber and they fail in even less time than the gutters. The exterior supports are unsightly.
Vinyl is best suited for the do it your-selfer due to its ease of cutting, joining, assembling, etc. and it is usually the least expensive method.
Vinyl gutters are more susceptible to Ultra-violet radiation and over time may dis-color. Plastic gutters are also susceptible to cracking in cold climates and warping in warm climates.
Proper gutter installation plays a very important role in the maintenance of your home. Most homeowners don't spend a lot of time thinking about their gutters, but understanding their importance may prevent you some costly home repair bills in the future.
Below are some of the questions I have been asked, concerning vinyl gutters.
What are seamless rain gutters?
Seamless rain gutters are formed on the job site to the exact measurements required. Flat gutter coil is fed through the seamless gutter machine which uses a series of rollers to form the gutter coil into the desired "K" profile. The term seemless gutter is a little bit confusing because they actually do have seems, but only at the corners.
The main advantage over plastic gutter is that without having any seams, there is much less chance that a gutter will leak. Not having seams also makes the gutter more attractive.
Do you install vinyl gutters?
No. We have replace lots of plastic gutters, and here are some of the reasons why we will not install them.
(a) The sun will break down the plastic within a decade and they will become very brittle.
(b) The rubber seals that join plastic gutters at every 10 foot section are made of a cheap rubber and they usually fail in even less time than the gutters.
(c) The exterior supports are unsightly. Do you want to look at your home and see it look like it has exterior plumbing on it?
(d) Plastic gutters are not recyclable, which means we have to pay an extra dump fee to get rid of them. There for adding to our land fill problem. We also have to charge more for removal to cover the disposal cost.
(e) The connecting parts are so expensive, it can cost almost as much as hiring us to install aluminum gutters.
(f) We will not install plastic gutters, because we do not believe in planned obsolescence! It goes against my personal ethics.
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