Aluminum vs Vinyl Gutters: Which Are the Best?

aluminum vs vinyl gutters

So you want to throw some new gutters on your house, and you want to know which is better, aluminum gutters or vinyl gutters?

The answer is pretty simple in 99 out of 100 cases – aluminum gutters for the win!

Now coming right out and making such a claim might seem a bit bold, however, in this article we will explain why aluminum gutters are virtually always the best bet when compared to their vinyl counterparts.

We just didn’t want to lead you on and reveal the answer at the end of this article!

However, in this article we will cover the following:

  • Aluminum Gutters vs Vinyl Gutters
  • The difference between the two
  • Factors to always consider before getting new gutters

Aluminum Gutters vs Vinyl Gutters

So you’re considering replacing your existing gutters or perhaps you need new gutters on an addition. Either way, you recognize the importance of gutters, but you are caught in between deciding whether your best bet is aluminum or vinyl gutters?

At first glance, the big difference might simply seem like material – aluminum or vinyl – and that as a gutter they both do the same thing.

Yes and no.

First, while they both have the same job, which is to take water from your roof and displace it properly away from your home and foundation, they are not created equal.

Let us look at both:

Aluminum Gutters

  • Material: Aluminum
  • How they’re made: On-site, custom fit
  • Durability: Our rating, 9/10
  • Hung: With screw-in hidden hangers
  • Warranty: We offer a lifetime warranty on material

Vinyl Gutters

  • Material: Vinyl
  • How they’re made: Sectional, in pieces
  • Durability: Our rating, 4/10
  • Hung: Screws, clips
  • Warranty: Depends on the product (we don’t mess with vinyl)

Which gutter is better?

Aluminum gutters are always better than vinyl.

The only time vinyl gutters make sense is when someone is looking to do a DIY gutter job on perhaps something like a shed – we never recommend DIY gutters either by the way.

Vinyl gutters are just a tad bit cheaper than their aluminum counterparts and they can technically be installed by a homeowner, however here is the catch:

Vinyl gutters leak, break easier and are sectional.

Similar to putting a bandaid on a wound that needs stitches, taking shortcuts when it comes to gutters isn’t a great idea. In fact, it can actually cause more issues in the long run!

Not to mention, vinyl gutters are not strong, thus they require CONSTANT gutter cleaning and upkeep.

This is why it is almost impossible to find anyone who even installs vinyl gutters.

So what is your choice?

Always use Aluminum Gutters

Sorry if we killed your dream of installing brand-new sectional vinyl gutters that you just picked up from Lowes or Home Depot.

Don’t worry, we will save you time, money, energy, and headache because we are about to explain why you need to go with aluminum gutters.

Aluminum Gutter Price

First, brand new aluminum gutters INSTALLED are not much more expensive than vinyl gutters. At most, maybe a few dollars per linear foot. If you don’t believe us, simply price your gutters out here for free using our gutter calculator and see for yourself:

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Gutter Install:

Next, by electing to go with aluminum gutters, you don’t have to worry about install, which is a great thing for your home and wife (since they might not want you doing it in the first place).

Gutters matter. They’re not something you can just do on a whim and by yourself. In fact, installing gutters is at a minimum a two-man job, and getting the right angles, pitches, and downspout placement is half the battle.

Dealing with ladders is the other. Not to mention, installing gutters correctly so they don’t fall off with a gentle wind gust! Lastly, you can’t make aluminum gutters yourself, that requires a gutter machine.

We already said vinyl isn’t the way to go, so aluminum is your best bet. But for a final heads up, here is another point to consider:

Aluminum Gutter Warranties:

Here at Gutter Gurus of Virginia, we offer a lifetime labor and product warranty (that you can read more about here) that guarantees our gutters.

While not every gutter installation company offers this same deal, we stand by our gutter work. The only thing we ask is that homeowners maintain their gutters annually or install gutter guards!

Speaking of gutter guards, we also install self-cleaning Raindrop gutter guards. Vinyl gutters – those plastic things – they only allow for cheap gutter guards (cheap gutters, cheap guards).

So in the long run – the case is simple when it comes to aluminum vs vinyl gutters – aluminum gutters win when it comes to your home!

Final Thoughts

If you were some vinyl gutter fan, sorry we just crushed your love for vinyl.

While vinyl records are the best form of music for many, vinyl gutters simply don’t cut the mustard and we are clearly very transparent as to why.

To recap, aluminum gutters are better than vinyl because:

  1. They last longer
  2. They are right in line with price between the two
  3. More durable
  4. Less likely to leak (that don’t leak unless compromised)
  5. Installed for you

If you still have questions, feel free to use the Gutter Guru chat feature at the bottom right or reach out here. Also, don’t forget to check out our gutter calculator and get a custom price online in under 120 seconds!