Gutters do a lot to protect your home from potential damage. They divert rain and melted snow away from your house to help avoid damage and leaks to your windows and roof and protect your foundation against erosion. However, not all gutters are equal. There are different types of gutters made of different materials that each have their own set of advantages as well as disadvantages.

Today, we’re taking a look at vinyl gutters and aluminum gutters. To learn more about the pros and cons of each, continue reading below.


Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl gutters are widely popular because they are affordable and are lighter in weight than other materials used for gutters. Because they are so lightweight, vinyl gutters are the first choice for many because of how quick and easy installation is, which also helps cut down on cost.

Vinyl gutters do not require much maintenance because it will not rust or corrode. The material holds up well against dents, dings, and scratches. They come in a wide assortment of colors so you won’t need to paint them to match your home.

But because vinyl gutters are lighter weight, they don’t last well in wetter climates. Lots of rain and snow can become too heavy for them, causing them to break, sag, or crack. Due to the many unfused seams necessary in vinyl gutters, leaks are more likely to occur than in a metal gutter. 

When they are correctly installed, appropriately maintained, and are in the right type of climate, vinyl gutters can last 20 or so years. In wetter areas, these gutters will maybe last 8 to 10 years.


Aluminum Gutters

Many people choose aluminum gutters because it has many of the positive attributes of vinyl gutters without the negatives. Like vinyl gutters, aluminum gutters will not rust, is lighter in weight (than steel gutters), and are relatively affordable. They are easy to install and come in a wide variety of colors and styles, making a selection that fits your home’s style a breeze.

Aluminum gutters are more durable than vinyl gutters. They will not sag and can last 20 or more years in most climates. Coastal areas may cause corrosion in aluminum gutters because of exposure to moisture and salt. However, heavy snow, hail, and wind can cause aluminum gutters to become dented or even damaged.

If your roof has copper flashing or shingles that are algae-resistant, you should not use aluminum gutters. The copper that washes off your roof can cause the aluminum to corrode faster. To keep aluminum gutters looking their best, you will likely need to be painted at some point once the enamel coating wears off.

Contact M&M Gutters

Because of Utah’s wet climate, aluminum gutters are the better choice for your home. M&M Gutters are the Utah experts when it comes to rain gutters! We have years and years of experience installing gutter systems in Utah. In addition to rain gutters, we specialize in siding and ice melting systems. Call M&M Gutters for your free estimate today.