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What is the average life expectancy of rain gutters?
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
How long do rain gutters last?
The life expectancy of gutters depends on what they are made from:
•• Aluminum - 20 to 30 years, average 25 years
•• Copper - 50+ years
•• Vinyl - 10 to 25 years, average 15 years
Also see our blog posts Is it alright for a gutter downspout from an upper roof to empty onto a lower roof? and Does a home inspector check gutters? and Why do roof edges start leaking? and Should I put gutters on the house?
Here’s a bar graph that compares estimated life of gutters with other roof components.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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To learn more about roofs and attics, see these other blog posts:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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