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Aluminum vs. Plastic Rain Gutters

While your home’s rain gutters may not regularly be at the forefront of your mind, they serve a very important purpose. The main reason your home needs rain gutters is to divert rain water away from your foundation, and if applicable, your basement. But when it comes to choosing aluminum or plastic rain gutters, many people aren’t sure which type is best. Here’s a look at why aluminum rain gutters are the quality choice.

There’s a Broad Array of Colors to Choose From

When it comes to aesthetics, aluminum gutters are the clear choice. Available in a broad assortment of different colors, aluminum gutters can be easily matched to your house, roof or paint. Most plastic rain gutters are only available in either brown or white shades, so if you’re seeking something you can truly customize, aluminum is the way to go.

They’re Long-Lasting

While many plastic rain gutters will last for up to about 20 years, some wear out and stop working effectively after as few as 10. Aluminum rain gutters generally last at least 20 years regardless of climate, making them a stronger and more cost-effective choice in terms of long-term performance.

Aluminum Gutters Are Far More Durable

Plastic gutters have the potential to crack or break apart, particularly in cities like Phoenix and Tucson, where extreme temperatures are par for the course. They have also been shown to warp under certain conditions and bend under the weight of debris or heavy precipitation. Furthermore, in the event that any dents or dings do appear on aluminum gutters, they can be easily hammered out so that the gutters retain their original appearance.

Plastic Gutters Can Prove Harmful for the Environment

Many sustainable builders and green-building specialists view vinyl rain gutters, or those made from PVC plastic, as major no-nos. This is largely because the production of the material involves particularly toxic chemicals that are damaging to not only the environment, but to those handling the materials, as well. Furthermore, PVC plastic is not recyclable in all areas, and if the material burns, it releases an array potentially harmful chemicals into the air.

Aluminum Gutters Are Less Likely to Leak

When it comes to aluminum vs. plastic rain gutters, the installation processes are a bit different. Yet another advantage of aluminum gutters is that, unlike plastic ones, which are installed section by section, aluminum gutters are seamless, making them less prone to leakage.

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