I put in vinyl gutters once or maybe twice on 2 different houses. They are
NOT cheap if they are the ones I bought. The gutter is cheap but all the
special connectors really add up. Then you have to leave expansion room. I
bet when I was done I could have had nice seamless aluminum gutters
installed by a pro and it would have looked better. The vinyl ones I had
were also ugly.
I installed vinyl gutters up here in far northern Minnesota. After a
couple of years they bowed, cracked, disconnected and looked awful. I
tore them off and replaced them with seamless aluminum on my house and
garage. They have been up for 4 years and still look great.
I would never go back to vinyl
There are a number of different siding materials in use today. Vinyl I
would believe is the most popular, especially in new homes as it is cheap
and most buyers like it, at least until they have lived with it. Note: that
does not mean it is all bad, just that I believe many buyers of homes or
siding don't fully understand what they are getting.
Also available are a number of wood products, both natural and
manufactured both available in a number of styles and qualities, fiber
cement, masonry and stucco type products.
My home, built ten year ago has vinyl, wood and brick.
I've decided to go with aluminum, and now I gotta figure out how to safely
carry a 16' section in my pickup. A 16' and a 10' will let me do the
garage with just one seam, whereas three 10' sections would need 2 seams.
I think I can tie it to the stake holes in the back and duct tape it the
driver's side mirrors and hold it (wearing a leather glove) while I drive.
If I redo the gutters on the house, I'll get seamless installed. The
current gutters have a seam right over the front door. Also, they were
installed with spikes instead of screws or hangers, and some of the spikes
are pulling loose and saggings.
I found steel gutters at Home Depot and decided to go with that. I
thought they were aluminum because they're the same brand and look
identical to the aluminum ones sold at Menards.
The aluminum was just too flimsy; the first little hail storm would beat
them to pieces. I'm sure leaning a ladder against them would bend them.
Every single 16' piece of aluminum gutters at Menards was bent or
creased or dented just from stacking them in the rack. I'm really glad
Menards didn't have the seamers I needed, so I had to go to HD for them.
The trick is gonna be cutting them straight and smooth enough.
I'm gonna use vinyl for the downspout.
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