Types of Gutters to Avoid
Gutters are made from many different materials today, but aluminum and steel are the most commonly installed types, for good reason. They're sturdy and they hold up well to the elements when they're properly cared for. There are some alternatives to metal, but they have serious drawbacks.
Vinyl gutters are becoming more popular because they don't rust or corrode like metal, so leaky gutters are a less frequent problem in mild climates. They're also fairly inexpensive and easy for homeowners to install themselves thanks to their light weight and their snap-together assembly. The biggest drawbacks with vinyl gutters is that because they're easy to install, many people who wouldn’t otherwise attempt the installation do it, and do it incorrectly, resulting in sections that sag. Vinyl also tends to get brittle and crack over time, especially in cold weather.
Wood gutters used to be the standard but are rarely used today because of the expense and the high maintenance.
Plastic gutters are the cheapest you can purchase for a reason. These gutters crack easily, especially in cold weather, and aren't worth the time you spend installing them. They're alright for temporary use if you can't afford metal and need gutters immediately, but don't expect them to last long.