Vinyl gutters have a lot going for them. A vinyl gutter system costs less per lineal foot than any other type of gutter material. It’s probably the reason why vinyl rain gutters are so popular with homeowners. In addition to being inexpensive, they are durable and require minimum upkeep. But like any kind of rain gutter installation, vinyl gutters also have their disadvantages.
Vinyl Gutters – Cons
- They are prone to cracking and splitting in extreme range (hot-cold, cold-hot) climates.
- Although the color is “built-in,” it can fade because of prolonged exposure to sunlight.
- Vinyl gutters are not available in a continuous or seamless option – they will have to be joined approximately every 10 linear feet.
- Over time joints lose the ability to be resealed.
- If you plan on doing the installation yourself, while vinyl gutters cost less per lineal foot, be aware that parts and accessories can really add up.
Vinyl Gutters – Pros
- They don’t need painting.
- Because vinyl is a synthetic material, it is lightweight and won’t rust.
- A vinyl gutter system is durable; known to last 25 plus years, in a temperate climate.
- If you decide to DIY, they are easy to install.
- Vinyl gutters are typically scratch-resistant.
- Damaged sections are relatively easy to replace.
- Vinyl gutters eliminate the “ping” and noise factor that can be problematic with metal gutter systems.