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darsunt 05-05-2011 11:30 PM

vinyl gutter parts good?
I just purchased parts for a small gutter system I want to set up, had a hard time finding galvanized parts, mostly found vinyl gutter parts, so I bought those. Is vinyl good for gutters? I figure it will not last as long, but it sure is easier to work with.


awdblazer 05-06-2011 06:37 AM

no run!!!! dont last at all will leak in no time

Roofmaster417 05-06-2011 05:11 PM

Depending on your location,winters are VERY hard on vinyl guttering.I have nothing really good to say about them.

We install 5" Aluminum seamless gutters and components.

A seamless aluminum gutter system will drain properly longer than a seamed system.Each joined section has its a own share of problems.

Aluminum will live much longer and will handle temperature changes better than vinyl.

pompidoi 05-15-2011 12:23 AM

i agree. it does depend on the location. some vinyl gutter varieties, depending on thickness, get brittle in no time especially in extreme heat. if you have a thicker vinyl gutter then it's fine, especially with a gutter cover that will work with it.

jeffwinger 05-24-2011 02:48 AM

PVC are more affordable compared to aluminum types. Those easy PVC gutter covers are light and easy to install and thatís why itís a favorite for DIY people. But you should also weigh in the cons of having PVC. It cracks in extreme cold and is more susceptible to rots compared to other types of gutter covers. It also easy to get snapped down by the test of time. But if you are going for effectiveness and quality, I strongly recommend you to aluminum made, solid-designed Hallet Cover Guard. They are way more durable and it works great.

Grumpy 05-24-2011 08:13 AM

Vinyl gutters from home depot or what ever home center are pretty much garbage in their design. If you have snow they don't last long at all. No flashing, water and ice backs up right behind them. Usually when I repalce vinyl gutters, there is alot of rotten wood to replace as well since the design of the vinyl gutters doesn't protect the fascia.

If we are talking about affordbale and talking about aluminum gutter like it's expensive... LOL. You get what you pay for.

handy man88 05-24-2011 06:20 PM

I would be wary of leaning a ladder on vinyl gutters when it's cold outside. The direct sunlight (UV rays) and temperature extremes will make them brittle.

Ed the Roofer 05-24-2011 06:38 PM

They become brittle very quickly and offer limited to no support as stated previously, so unless you plan on doing the job over again with a better product, I would recommend that you reconsider to using seamless aluminum guttrers, .032 guage thickness along with 3" x 4" oversized downspouts.


packet04 05-30-2011 02:34 AM

Before committing to having a vinyl rain gutter system, find out if it is appropriate for your climate. Although quite durable, extreme weather conditions will harm vinyl systems. Vinyl expands and contracts depending on the temperature but sometimes cracks in intense cold. Generally speaking, however, the flexibility prevents bending or warping.

pompidoi 06-03-2011 11:20 AM

I agree. Vinyl gets cracked in extremely cold temperatures. I guess if it's the thicker variety it might be tougher than the cheaper ones.

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