Inexpensive and easy to assemble: a gutter made of plastic

The cheapest gutters are made of plastic and are versatile. However, they have a shorter life than gutters made of metal and there are upper limits in terms of water intake. They are particularly suitable for smaller roofs and drainage surfaces such as balconies and garden sheds.

Features and suitability

Manufacturers of gutters made of plastic mainly point out the corrosion resistance of their products to metal gutters. Also, the durability of modern plastics, the dimensional stability and weather resistance as well as the ease of processing are out.

It is true that modern plastics are very durable and resistant, but in any case, you must assume that plastic gutters are inferior in both stability, load capacity and life of the metal products.

While metal gutters are designed to last forty years for life, life expectancy for plastic products is five to ten years, which is often reflected in vendors' warranty and warranty terms.

Limited durability and stability

For smaller construction projects or buildings or additions such as balconies or garden sheds, gutters made of plastic are particularly good, as can be increased by a good care and the manageable burden of weather or rainfall, the service life.

If plastic gutters are mounted on large and hard-to-reach roofs of single or multi-family houses, additional fixings, usually made of metal, often have to be installed for stability.

Most manufacturers and suppliers of plastic gutters specialize in products for garden sheds, gazebos and balconies. The gutters are often offered as sets with downpipes, drain sockets and other accessories and are priced well below the gutters and metal accessories.

Price per set or per meter

Plastic gutters are sometimes available for a few euros per meter. Most suppliers sell their products in the standard colors gray, black, white and anthracite.

  • The offers complete sets for different roof shapes in garden houses between 29.99 and 249.99 euros per set.
  • At, half-round gutters in gray are available for around seven euros per meter.
  • At semi-circular PVC gutters are offered between around 15 and just under 20 euros per meter piece.

Tips & Tricks

The gutters made of plastic are usually only inserted and sealed with plastic adhesive, which is much easier for the do-it-yourselfer than soldering the gutter elements.