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Aluminum or Vinyl for Fascia Boards?

Though considered as optional, fascia boards are important parts of a gutter system. It somehows acts as a “backbone” for gutters, giving them strong support. Most of the time, a fascia board on a house is typically made of wood which is usually made of pine then gets primed and painted. This prolongs the board’s life span, therefore a good attachment for the gutters to be put on. However, no matter how strong wooden fascia boards are, they’re still susceptible to decay and gets weaker over time.

Companies have tried alternatives to wooden fascia boards. Some of the varieties include vinyls and aluminum fascia boards. There are even types of wooden fascia boards which are coated with plastic, then gets primed and painted. But with the first two alternatives, which seems to perform better and is more durable?

Vinyl. It’s a very popular choice for homeowners especially if they are looking for the ones that don’t need any painting. They are affordable and lasts for a long time. Instead of repainting vinyls after a while, all they need is regular spray washing and will be good as new. In terms of colors, they are baked into the vinyls. The colors last and stay true for a long time and will not make any scratches very visible. Amidst the advantages that vinyl fascias have, there are misconceptions and some people rely too much on what others say about vinyls: they are durable and inexpensive. This isn’t always the case.

Vinyl fascia boards tend to trap moisture, making it a perfect breeding ground for mildew, and certain insects. The moisture will also seep through inside the house thus will spread the damage. When colors fade or change over time, vinyl fascia boards can be an issue in in terms of “matching” a new one’s color to the existing attachments. This usually forces the homeowner to change the whole vinyl fascia set up.

Aluminum. It’s also a popular choice for homeowners too. It really is durable and can even last as long as 40 years. Most of homeowners prefer to make repairs or changes to the exterior of their house down to a minimum, as that will mean savings. Though it never is painted at the time of purchase, a homeowner has the liberty of changing the color of their aluminum fascia as much as they want. They also act as a good insulator too. The issues one can encounter with aluminum fascia boards are corrosion, dents and bent parts. If left untreated, a corroded fascia will weaken and may make the gutter sag. Cleaning is also easy with aluminum fascia, you can just use a sprayer, and the mix of water and detergent.

Installing aluminum fascia is easy, and won’t require professional help as long as the homeowner have the right tools. Replacing a certain part of it won’t be hard compared to vinyls – you can change any part without having to worry about replacing a large part of it.

No matter what can be the pros and cons between these two types of fascia, it’s still up to the homeowner’s preference. Take your pick.

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Vinyl Gutters: What about it?

There are several varieties of gutters available in the market, but one of the most popular as of the moment are vinyl gutters. The worst enemies of certain gutter varieties are dents, corrosion and rust. Vinyl gutters have the advantage over them – it’s resistant to these enemies. The ease of installation is a big plus, as vinyl gutters are amazingly lightweight – not to mention the affordable price. However, there will always be advantages and disadvantages on everything.

Drastic Plastic. Vinyl gutters are made from PVC plastic. They’re resistant to rust and corrosion and can’t be dented. Any minor scratches won’t be that obvious as these gutters have the same color inside out.

Vinyl On, Vinyl Out. The lightweight characteristic of vinyl gutters make it very easy to install. Installers wouldn’t have to exert all efforts to attach the gutters and saves a lot of time. Saving time also saves money because of the reduced labor costs. Vinyl gutters are also a favorite of DIY fanatics, since anyone can install it themselves.

Good Value. What attracts anyone into buying? Low prices. Averaging $3 to $5 per ten foot sections, with the additional parts such as downspouts, etc will still save you more compared to the normal gutter varieties. No wonder vinyl gutters are one of the best on the market.

Cons. No matter how much advantages a vinyl gutter will have, it also has its own share of disadvantages. Be careful in making the choice even though the cheap price will pull you in. Some types of vinyl gutters tend to be very brittle after a while and is also prone to sagging. Extremely cold weather is the worst enemy of vinyl gutters – it makes the latter terribly brittle.

To make sure that the vinyl gutter purchase is worth it, look for the thicker variety. Thick vinyl gutters are strong against weather and becoming brittle is more unlikely to happen.

Gutter Types: Take Your Pick

Whether it’s brand new or needs a renovation, there are a lot of things to to consider before deciding some changes, or repairs for your home. Gutters are one of these. Gutters are one of the most important parts of the house that should be working properly. Neglecting this part will bring damage both to the house and your pocket.

If you’ve decided on purchasing one, these are the types of gutters that you can choose from depending on your budget, the build of your house, surroundings, and to your visual taste.

Galvanized Steel: An extremely popular choice for many due to its high durability. If you’re looking for strength, this is for you. It has strong resistance to weather and debris, making it last almost forever. However, not unless a special coating is applied, this type of gutter is vulnerable to rust and corrosion.

Aluminum: Affordable and lightweight, this can save a lot of money. Not as durable as galvanized steel gutters, but it still can withstand weather elements. Keep in mind though that this variety will also require frequent checks for any need of repairs.

Copper: If you want that “aged” look, this might be the answer. The natural shiny and gold look brings out good visual appeal that gives a classy look to your house. It never rusts, thus it is meant to last for years and can hold up to weather. One thing to take note with copper gutters is that it oxidizes through time so the color changes to a brown or greenish tint, unless sealants are applied. Prepare your pockets with this one.

Vinyl: An inexpensive type and a favorite of DIY people. Vinyl gutters are easy to install, light and fairly durable. It’s easy to cut and put holes in it in terms of installing downspouts. It doesn’t require regular maintenance, but like any other type of gutters, it also needs to be checked for any clogs. Due to the composition of the material, it’s not susceptible to rot and rust and compared to the other types, vinyls won’t chip nor dent. When deciding to purchase one, take into consideration the weather conditions in your area. Vinyls are durable but can suffer from extremely hot or cold weather. It does expand, but it cracks in extreme cold.

Those are the popular types of gutters. Always consider the surroundings of your house, the weather conditions and especially the damage you can take for your pocket. Investing on a gutter system isn’t a waste of money, but a big money saver because of the house repairs you’ll be preventing to have.