plastic vs metal gutters

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Old 07-23-04, 02:23 PM
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plastic vs metal gutters

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My old gutter leaks and I want replace it with plastic or metal gutter from the Home Depot. Does any one know which is better as a DIY project. Seams like plastic is easier to cut and handle but will it last as long as metal.

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Plastic has a very short life in snowy areas. The weight of snow and ice bends and twists them.
 
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Old 07-24-04, 01:28 PM
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Im with Hellrazor here dont even think about them. Have even tried the fibergalss ones when they came out not worth the $$$. Also cant find where they say anthing about the UV on them. Go for the metal gutters for sure

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When you say metal. Does this include aluminum? My gutters are steel but are rusting out & I was thinking seamless aluminum. But Im not sure if I can lean a ladder on aluminum gutter..

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Yes aluminum. I will say one good thing for plastic ones, you will never have to worry about a major ice damn problem. They will fall off from the weight well before it backs into the house

Maybe i could sell that to them as a marketing scheme... nah..
 
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Old 07-25-04, 03:33 PM
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Id go steel If need be there is a paint to go inside the steel gutters. But with the light gauge they are. Alway put the ladder up on the gutter so there is a spike and ferrule in the middle of where the ladder is.

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It would probaly cost you less to have seamless aluminum installed than just to buy the vinyl gutters.The price per foot of vinyl is cheaper but the accessories are very expensive.Plus vinyl trough is guaranteed not to leak but the connectors are not.
 
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I installed plastic eavestrough by Plastmo on my house 25 years ago. I live in Canada. 8/12 slope with concrete tiles on the roof. No issues with snow. Even with an avalanche of snow coming down every spring. Supported with hangers that allows expansion. Which is an issue with aluminum gutters nailing installations. Over time the nails tend to work loose due to strains of expansion. I will install plastic gutters on my garage this time. Also no issues with ladder against the plastic gutters. Will not deform. Take care.
 
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