Around the middle of the 20th century, the mass production of the different types of vinyl has begun. Because of their versatility, relative low cost, and ease of manufacture, vinyl has become widely used in all kinds of industries and took over the role of many of the traditional materials. Wood, glass, metal, stone, paper, and ceramic has proved to be obsolete compared to the features that vinyl provided in many industries. House building is not an exception, and vinyl has become a popular choice not only in interior design purposes (for example furniture), but in manufacturing outer parts of buildings as well. One of the areas vinyl excelled at was creating gutters.
The question, what does vinyl offer in regard to guttering, arises as natural. Many of other materials has proved their effectiveness throughout the history of architecture in regard of using them in roofing systems. Copper, aluminum, or even stone and wood was not only capable of functioning properly, but under respective circumstances they meet the perfect choice. Even so the popularity of vinyl gutters is undisputed and there is no real issue surrounding the use of this material for guttering systems.
The first and most obvious advantage of using vinyl gutters can be identified at the point most households are the most sensitive – at its cost. Vinyl gutters come cheaper than any of the counterpart materials. Traditionally, copper and stainless steel gutters are very expensive, but vinyl will come even cheaper than aluminum or galvanized steel.
The next advantage of vinyl gutters is its extremely lightweight and easy to handle ability. More often than not, the components of the vinyl gutter can be simply installed by a considerable degree.
Many will believe, that in exchange for the lower price, vinyl gutters are less durable than the gutters made from different materials. Truth is that durability is one of the main advantages of vinyl gutters. They even prove more resistant against violent changes of weather than the traditional materials. The chances of a vinyl gutter suffering damage during of a hailstorm, for example, are considerably lower than the chances in case of other materials.
All in all, vinyl gutters are a great choice. While they are immensely cost-effective, they are still durable. They will not compete with copper when it comes to authenticity or style, but still come in a wide variety of design, one of which will definitely match any house’s design and any owner’s taste. When planning a change of the guttering of an old house, or adding it to a new-built home, vinyl should be one of the materials considered before making any other choice.
To see which guttering you prefer most for your home, or the replacement of old gutters, please contact Scott-Lee Guttering at (314) 756-9440 for St. Louis and (636) 441-3800 for our St. Charles location.