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Vinyl vs. Stainless Steel


Stainless steel is a rarely used material for rain gutters that has been around for a long time, but vinyl rain gutters are relatively new and gaining popularity. One of the biggest differences between these materials is cost. Vinyl gutters are often considered the cheapest option, but stainless steel can sometimes cost even more than copper. At the same time, they do share some similarities, such as being resistant to rust. Cost is a major factor to consider, but it’s hardly the only difference between these materials.


Vinyl Rain Gutters


  • Vinyl rain gutters are often the cheapest material, which makes them perfect for those who have a strict budget.
  • This is also one of the easiest types of rain gutters to install. Many do-it-yourselfers like vinyl because it comes in preformed sections with homeowners in mind. It’s also light enough for one person to handle the whole project.
  • Rain doesn’t make much noise when it’s traveling through vinyl gutters.


  • Vinyl can be significantly impacted by the environment. If it’s too cold, then the vinyl will be prone to cracking. If it’s too hot, then the vinyl can warp, fade or weaken. Harsh temperatures will also reduce the longevity.
  • Can bend from heavy amounts of water or snow, which makes vinyl only suitable for moderate climates.


Stainless Steel Rain Gutters


  • Will retain its vibrant sheen for many years even if you don’t maintain it. You can maintain the sheen longer by periodically cleaning the steel.
  • Stainless steel gutters are incredibly durable. It takes a lot to damage this material, and it won’t bend from excessive rain or snow.
  • Due to how they are manufactured, the environment won’t affect stainless steel gutters. They should last consistently in most environments.


  • Stainless steel is incredibly expensive. You might have to spend thousands of dollars just for the steel itself. Installation can also be fairly expensive.
  • Since they are so valuable, thieves might target stainless steel gutters. This is more common with copper gutters, but it’s still an issue to consider.

Want to know more?

Please see our Rain Gutter Material Comparison page for more information


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