Gutters are an important feature of your home. They move rainwater away from the structure, protecting your foundation and basement or crawl space from water damage. Metal used to be the preferred material for gutters, but vinyl gutters are growing in popularity.
Vinyl gutters are made of a material called PVC plastic, which is dent and corrosion resistant. The material is also lightweight, easy to install and very affordable.
Vinyl gutters are durable - they won’t be dinged by things like ladders and they never rust. They are low maintenance, never requiring painting. However, not all vinyl gutters are alike. The cheapest versions are made of very thin plastic and are prone to problems. They sag and grow brittle over time. If you’re planning to go with vinyl gutters, make sure you choose a quality product.
Vinyl gutters are suited for most climates. They’re ideal in coastal areas because saltwater corrodes metal gutters. However, they’re not great for extremely cold climates - they become brittle. If your not sure whether vinyl gutters will hold up in your climate, or if you have general questions about the pros and cons of vinyl gutters, seek an expert opinion.
Installation of vinyl gutters is quick and fairly simple. Many kinds simply snap into place, making for low labor costs. However, vinyl gutters - like all other types - need to be sloped correctly to perform their proper function, so it’s always a good idea to hire an experienced professional to do the job.
Vinyl gutters typically cost about $4-$6 per linear foot, installed.
- For a small house with 160 linear feet of gutter space, budget about $740-$1,060.
- For a mid-sized home with 200 linear feet of gutters, plan on spending $800-$1,200.
- For a large house with 250 linear feet of gutters, budget $1,000-$1,500.
By comparison, galvanized steel gutters cost about $1,300-$1,600 for a mid-sized house. Aluminum gutters would cost $1,400-$1,800 for the same house, copper gutters would cost $2,400-$2,900 and stainless steel would cost $4,000-$4,500.
Keep in mind that the above prices are just estimates. Prices vary from one contractor to the next and one region of the country to the next. If your home has unique features such as a very high roof or circular roofline, expect to pay extra.
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