Many homeowners don’t give their gutters much thought until they cause a problem. They actually play an important role in the security of your home. To help prevent premature deterioration and internal water infiltration, rainwater and melting snow should be diverted away from your roof, walls, and foundation. Fortunately, you have choices when it comes to your gutter system. The vast majority of homes already have gutters installed, but if you need to replace your gutters or install new gutters, the most popular materials are aluminum or vinyl. There are several factors to consider when deciding between vinyl and aluminum gutters.
Which Gutters Are Right for You?
In New Jersey, K-style gutters are the most common. They come in various sizes based on the size and pitch of your roof. The most common type of water mitigation is aluminum gutters. Both types are made of lightweight materials that add no additional stress to your home when filled with water. Choosing between vinyl and aluminum gutters is typically based on aesthetics, but there are other factors to consider when determining which is best for you and your property. Overall, Bay Roofing’s home improvement experts recommend aluminum gutters over vinyl gutters.
Factors to Consider When Purchasing New Gutters
As with any building material selection, several factors influence your decision. When deciding between vinyl and aluminum gutters, consider your home’s location, roof style, design, and material cost. Performance and ease of repair or replacement are also important considerations. Consider the following factors before making a decision.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a better gutter material than aluminum. Aluminum gutters are lightweight, resistant to erosion, and should last for at least 20 years. Vinyl gutters are lightweight as well, but the material is more prone to expanding/contracting and cracking. Because of the variations in temperature and weather throughout the seasons, that added stress may necessitate replacement in 10-15 years.
Vinyl gutters are sold in sections so that water can escape the channel, and they rely more on connecting pieces. Aluminum gutters are available in sections or as a seamless option. Even a sectional aluminum gutter system will have tighter seams than a vinyl gutter system and will hold together better for more efficient performance.
While most homeowners do not attempt to install their gutter system, it is important to understand how it works and how it affects the project cost. Vinyl gutters typically snap together, but they have more seams that require more installation time. Aluminum is preferred by gutter professionals due to its ease of length customization and versatility.
The cost of vinyl gutters vs aluminum gutters is a combination of material and installation costs. Vinyl gutters are typically less expensive in terms of materials, but they do not last as long and take longer to install. Aluminum gutter materials are slightly more expensive, but they are easier to find, last longer, and are installed more efficiently.
Aluminum Gutters Are an Excellent Option
When comparing vinyl and aluminum gutters, it’s no surprise that aluminum is the more popular option. Aluminum gutters tick all of the boxes for those looking to protect their property while also looking good, from affordability and long-term performance to customization and replacement costs. Aluminum gutters are also infinitely recyclable, so if you do need to replace them, you can be confident that they can be reused.
Choose Bay Roofing for Aluminum Gutter Installation
For over 40 years, Bay Roofing has been providing gutter replacement, gutter repair, and gutter protection throughout New Jersey. Give us a call or request an estimate if you’re ready to install new aluminum gutters on your home. Our knowledgeable and courteous gutter professionals will inspect your home and walk you through all of your options to ensure that your home is protected from water infiltration.