Any opinions on vinyl gutters vs. aluminum?
In case it matters, this is for Central Florida, where the sun is fairly intense
and in the summer we're prone to many thunderstorms with large volumes of rain
(generally short periods of heavy rain vs. extended periods of lighter rain).
I'm looking to put these gutters only in certain areas of the house where rain
is causing problems.
Price is not really a factor. Vinyl is a little cheaper but not enough to make
a difference if aluminum is really better.
Actually, as it stands, my only question is really if there's ANY reason to use
aluminum. Vinyl is cheaper, doesn't dent, paint doesn't scratch off. About my
only concern for it would be if it tends to deteriorate in the Florida sun
I live in Texas (same heat or higher) and used vinyl gutters about 12 years
ago and I had a problem with sagging during the summer. I think they start
looking shabby sooner. At my current house I used 6 inch aluminum to handle
Thunderstorm rains (high volume) and the seem to work better and after 2
years still look very good. I installed a ladder crossbar extension to
avoid damaging the gutters. I have actually set my ladder against them (in
the back) and had no damage ( I weigh about 200lb).
No, I haven't priced ALL the components yet. However I didn't see where the
little components were excessive or pricey. I'll have to look again.
I saw another post about sagging with vinyl. I'll have to consider this.
I also wish there was such a thing as a downspout "Y" connector because I have a
little 3' segment which is 6" lower than the long segment and the only place to
bring the downspouts down is this corner. I don't want to have 2 downspouts
only 3' apart
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