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Benefits of Plastic Guttering vs Metal Guttering

Benefits of Plastic Guttering vs Metal Guttering

Durable, well-fitting guttering is a must if you want to protect your home from the elements, so choosing the right guttering for you and your house is key to preventing weather-related damage. Guttering can be made from a variety of materials, with the two most popular being PVC and metal. In this blog we look at the advantages and disadvantages of both and which, in our opinion, is the best choice.

Benefits of Plastic Guttering

PVC guttering is fast becoming the guttering of choice for many homeowners. But why?


PVC guttering is extremely flexible. This makes it perfect for any size and shape of home, even those requiring a bespoke guttering design. This flexibility also means it can withstand most weathers without breaking or  snapping.


PVC guttering is available in myriad colours and designs. From traditional white to contemporary grey, and standard half round to decorative Ogee, there is a PVC guttering system to suit every style and age of home.

Cost effective

Compared to alternative types of guttering PVC guttering is one of the most affordable on the market. This also means that it is cheaper to replace or repair if any damage does occur.

Ease of maintenance

PVC guttering does not require any treatments or paints to protect it from the elements and can be cleaned simply with water and cleaning fluids. This makes it the low maintenance guttering option.

No corrosion

PVC guttering will not become rusty and corrode over time. However, it is worth noting that this does not mean PVC guttering is impervious to other types of deterioration, such as that caused by UV exposure and extreme temperatures.

Benefits of Metal Guttering

Metal guttering is one of the main alternatives to PVC guttering. But how does it compare to PVC guttering?

Durable and long lasting

With regular maintenance and the correct surface protection, metal guttering systems can last decades without damage. This means you may find you spend less money and time on replacements and repairs, but more on regular maintenance.


Metal guttering comes in a variety of designs and can add a touch of class to any home. However, it is particularly suited to period properties, where it will blend beautifully and stay in keeping with the original style of the building.

Value for money

As mentioned above, metal guttering should last a long time and as such represents value for money over its life span. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the regular maintenance required to keep your metal guttering in good working condition will cost in both time and money.

Which is better?

The style of your home, the area in which you live, and the amount of time you are willing to spend on maintenance, will all have an impact on your choice of guttering system. However, here at National Plastics we believe PVC guttering is the best option available.

Light weight, durable, long lasting (especially if you choose a high-quality PVC guttering system), stylish, low maintenance and cost effective, PVC guttering offers everything you could need from a guttering system. Although it is susceptible to damage from extreme weathers and UV rays, it is also extremely easy to repair and replace, unlike its metal counterpart which is more expensive and time consuming to restore.

If you would like further information on the benefits of PVC guttering and how a PVC guttering can benefit your home, call our friendly, expert team today on 0800 22 77 77.

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