Aluminum and vinyl are two popular gutter materials. Which is better?
Vinyl and aluminum are two popular, affordable, and non-rusting materials used for gutters, but depending on your budget and your climate, one may be better for you than the other. While aluminum has been the classic, dependable choice for gutter installation, many homeowners are choosing to install vinyl gutters because they cost less. Each material has its pros and cons, so let’s see what works for you.
Vinyl gutters are gaining popularity as the least expensive option for homeowners. The material is inexpensive to make, and because they are easy to mount, installation costs are low. While aluminum can be noisy, vinyl gutters are much quieter because they soften the sound of rain and snow flow.
The biggest drawback for vinyl gutters is the lifespan. In moderate climates, vinyl gutters last up to 20 years, but in harsher climates, that lifespan is shortened to under 10. Another thing to keep in mind is that vinyl gutters are not the best choice if you live in an area that gets heavy rain or snow because they will bend under pressure. While you may save money on purchasing and installing vinyl gutters, if you live in a harsher climate, you will be replacing them sooner than you would like.
Aluminum has been a popular material when it comes to gutter installation because of its many benefits. Like vinyl, aluminum will not rust, but it also won’t wear as quickly as vinyl does. While rain and snow may wear down a vinyl gutter, aluminum is mostly unbothered by the elements. If you are hoping to get gutters in a specific color, aluminum is the material you need. Aluminum gutters come in over 25 different colors, while vinyl gutters mostly come in brown and white. The biggest benefit of aluminum gutters is the lifespan of over 20 years in almost all climates.
When it comes to the negative characteristics of aluminum gutters, think cost and damage. Depending on the thickness and quality of the metal, aluminum gutters may cost significantly more than vinyl to purchase and install. Though aluminum won’t rust and is known to withstand the elements, the material is susceptible to dents and will expand and contract with quick temperature changes. These shifts may result in a split or tear in the gutter. Another drawback is while aluminum gutters come in many colors, they are covered in an enamel that chips over time, so they may need to be repainted.
The Final Conclusion
Considering the reputation of New England weather, we recommend aluminum gutters to help withstand the wind, rain, and snow. Aluminum can handle the weight of heavy snow fall and won’t thin due to water and sun exposure over time. For more information on gutter installation, call us at 203-878-2411, and visit our site to see the types of gutters we use.