One of the reasons pvc gutters are currently very popular in Nigeria is their low price; you can find in the market all the pvc rain gutter parts and accessories for an affordable cost compared with other materials. However, there are a lot of cheap versions that are made of a lower quality plastic, which are more prone to get cracked and they just last for a while; so be careful because what’s cheap turns out to be costly. Another benefit of this type of material, regarding its low price is the maintenance; you don’t need to spend too much money in regular maintenance services since pvc gutters when well installed, they don’t require many cares.
pvc gutters are designed to be easily installed, they come in sections that snap together at the joints; this makes them very easy to manage for both installers and homeowners. Compared with others, pvc is do-it-yourselfers’ favorite material because of their combination of practicality and ease; they perfectly fit together at the joints, and their lightweight allows you to carry them up and down the ladder without problems. Despite how simple it may seem, we always recommend looking for experienced rain gutter technicians to avoid poor installations that would end up in costly repairs.
Low maintenance required:
Unlike metal gutters, pvc gutters are made of pvc plastic which never corrodes or dent throughout the years; they also have the same color inside as outside, so they don’t require painting because if they scratch, it wouldn’t be as noticeable as it would be on metal gutters. You only need to frequently clean debris and leaves that fall inside the gutters, or you can use a leaf net to avoid clogs in your drainage system.
In summary, pvc gutters are a great product in term of cost and ease of installation. The only draw-back with pvc gutters is their durability in harsh weather. If you live in a place with extreme weather, pvc gutters are more likely to flake, get cracked and easily break part resulting in leaks.
If you live in the tropics (e.g Nigeria), where there is more exposure to sunlight, pvc gutter may not be the best for your property if you are thinking long term, because of UV degradation due to exposure to high temperatures under the sun
Heavy rains can also make pvc gutter to sag or bend eventually, so in order to get the best of gutters you need to consider this important variable.