When installing new rain gutters, the choice of materials that are available enable the home or business owner to select the most appropriate system for their needs. Many people think of gutters as being made out of metal, however, there is a popular demand for an alternative. Plastic gutters have served many people well, in many different ways, and it is important to explore the many advantages of plastic guttering systems.
How much are plastic gutters?
Plastic rain gutters are the lowest in price of all other materials. This affordability extends beyond the initial purchase. These rain gutters come in a tremendous array of colors, right from the factory, alleviating the need to paint them prior to or after installation. By the same token, they will not chip, peel or rust, so they will not need repainting for those types of problems. Any replacement parts or extensions are reasonable in price, saving money on future repairs. Attachment hardware may be less expensive as well, keeping costs down.
Do plastic gutters hold up?
Plastic gutters do not break as metal would. This helps reduce the frequency of repair in areas of high winds or falling tree branches. Plastic, due to its flexibility, is less likely to crack, sheer, puncture, or rust away, causing holes and leak problems. After storms, the damage to plastic gutters may be more limited, enabling only minor repair as needed. They are less susceptible to expansion and contraction due to temperature extremes, which can cause problems with metal gutter attachments and joints.
How hard is it to install plastic gutters?
Since plastic rain gutters are easier to install, they require less sophisticated attachments. Oftentimes, all that is needed is a hammer, nails, sealer, and perhaps some basic pieces of hardware for special areas. Being lightweight, plastic is easy to handle, is more flexible in fitting awkward joints, is not susceptible to damage or gouges during installation that will lead to rust, and parts are readily available commercially.
Plastic is resistant to dents, so it keeps a nice structural appearance. It is easier to re-attach, should the gutter pull loose from the structure. Parts needed for replacement are readily available, and do not necessarily need a professional for installation, and these can be purchased without a major financial burden. Maintaining the gutters appearance is simplified by the nature of plastic. It does not develop a patina, areas of corrosion or rust, does not stain nearby structures or materials, and can often be modified more easily to fit the roof's water flow needs.
Plastic gutter guards can be purchased to fit the specific system needed, and these are easily snapped into place. These plastic guards will keep the system free of leaves and debris, allowing the free-flowing of water.
How hard is it to clean plastic gutters?
Unlike metal gutters, which often require special tools for gutter cleaning and maintenance, plastic rain gutters reduce concerns over damage, as they cannot rust or dent like metal. Plastic is easy to clean, and since there are no raw metal edges, there is far less chance of being cut when cleaning out the gutter system. Oftentimes, simpler implements can be used, and without fear of damaging the gutter.