Not all fiberglass gutters are created equally. There are few producers of fiberglass gutters. However, there are some significant differences in the products that are available. These differences include the appearance, features, quality, ease of installation, required maintenance, purchase price, and the total cost of ownership.
Understandably, many people will simply select the lowest cost without considering any other factors. After all, spending the least amount of money to get the job done is always favorable. But, as with many things in life, you often get what you pay for and your gutter project is not any different.
Today, there are several types of fiberglass gutters on the market. There is wood replacement fiberglass gutter and then there are some cheaper knock-offs available. They are all good and durable products and have similar shapes to that of the traditional Boston profile wood gutters, but that is where the similarities end.
Our wood replacement fiberglass gutters were designed to replicate wood gutters exactly, but with no maintenance. Looking at the house from the ground, they are indistinguishable from wood gutters. They even have the same woodgrain look and texture found on wood gutters. Also, they are available with an integrated bed moulding like the ones found on many homes.
Our wood replacement fiberglass gutters are handmade and are fully protected by a gelcoat shell. There are no concerns about sunlight (UV) or moisture breaking down the fiberglass. They can be ordered in any color to match your trim and will never need to be painted.
While it may be tempting to simply select the lowest cost gutter, factors you should consider include:
- Does the gutter have a woodgrain look and texture or is it smooth?
- Does the gutter have a protective gelcoat shell?
- Is the protective gelcoat shell available in any color?
- Must the gutter be washed, sanded, primed and painted?
- If so, what can happen if the painter doesn’t paint the inside of the gutter, thus leaving raw fiberglass exposed to the elements?
- Does the warranty cover this instance?
- Is the gutter flexible enough to direct it to the downspout?
- Is the gutter available with integrated bed moulding?
- Can I buy directly from the manufacturer?
- Are the gutters manufactured locally?