Plastic guttering has become a popular alternative to more traditional materials such as steel and aluminium. Not only is this an extremely lightweight material but is easy to install and it is arguably the most cost-effective when compared to other alternatives.
However, it is still important to take longevity into account. How long can you expect plastic guttering to last and what factors may have an impact upon its overall lifespan?
Whether you are in need of repairs or you are considering replacing outdated gutters, the information below will prove to be quite useful.
How Long Will Plastic Guttering Last (on Average?)
The answer to this first question is rather tricky, as it will depend upon the quality of the plastic in question. As a general rule of thumb, guttering that has been installed within the past decade can last for up to 30 years due to advanced formulations during the manufacturing process.
Plastic gutters that have been in place for more than 20 years could very well require an upgrade.
What Variables Impact Its Lifespan?
One of the issues with plastic is that it can be vulnerable to the sun. Over time, internal polymer bonds will begin to break down as a result of exposure to ultraviolet rays. This causes the plastic to become brittle and as a result, it is more likely to break under stress or if a branch happens to fall directly on top of the gutter.
Why is Maintenance Important?
Proactively addressing any gutter repairs will also impact the lifespan of plastic configurations. Removing blockages, replacing any lost clips, inspecting joints at least once each year, and making certain that all downspouts are secure are some of the ways in which the lifespan and durability of plastic gutters can be augmented.
There are still times when visual inspections alone may not be enough. If you feel that your plastic gutters have seen better days, it is prudent to contact a professional at Multiform Roofing we will determine the state of your gutters as well as if they need to be replaced.