Installing a guttering system to your property needs to be done with care and our team of roofers have been providing our clients with guttering services for many years with great reviews. There are a range of different guttering types available, and these can affect things such as the appearance of your building and its price.
Choosing the right gutter, profile or guttering system is an important aspect of any building project. The purpose of a gutter is to channel rainwater away from the crown of your roof and into your downpipe. Ideally, as little water as possible should be running over the surface of your roof, around doors or windows that could leak, or through any wall openings.
Purpose of a gutter
The gutter is a part of a roof that channels the water away from your home and to the ground. There are different types of gutters depending on where you live, but they all serve the same function.
They collect water from your roof during rainfall and dump it on the ground through a downspout. Gutters are made from a variety of materials such as aluminum, vinyl, wood, copper, and even tin. While most garages install gutters on homes, you may find local roofers that can do the job for you.
Why is guttering so important?
Gutters are an important part of your home and the health of your environment. They protect your house from wear and tear resulting from water damage. Without gutters, rainwater would be collected on your roof and could cause serious problems like mold, which will then weaken the shingles of your roof, allowing them to blow off in harsh weather.
Best types of guttering materials
When choosing guttering materials for your property, there are three main factors to keep in mind; the location, the type of the building and the look you want to achieve. These will determine the guttering types that are suitable; whether you want to achieve a modern look or there is a need for strength and durability due to strong winds or heavy rain.
Regardless of what you are looking for, there is a wide range of guttering types on offer from some of the leading brands in the market. These can also vary based on the guttering supplies that are available for you to purchase.
Steel guttering materials are durable and this has been proven time and again. The coating on the guttering prevents corrosion, resists scratches and keeps the guttering in pristine condition. It protects the metal for many years. The metal is coated on both sides by a strengthened magnesium zinc alloy. This protects the material from erosion. The surface is also given an additional topcoat for scratch-resistance and corrosion resistance in coastal environments.
Additionally, you’ll experience minimal upkeep with this low-maintenance material.
Aluminium guttering offers many benefits, from its impressive strength and low weight to its resistance to corrosion and weathering. It has a long life span, so it can save on installation costs and labor over the years. Because it is so attractive, it raises the overall standard of your home.
This material can be customized in tone and color, making it a beautiful choice that will impress neighbours.
Copper guttering is resistant to rust, stains, and corrosion (rust forming) and is effective at slowing the growth of moss and lichens. It improves building aesthetics. The metal has a natural patina which increases overall resistance to corrosion.
They are also sustainable and a long-lasting choice for your home. Its functionality doesn’t just extend to the aesthetics, it also protects your building from harsh weather conditions.
If you need a guttering system that is durable, cost-effective and easy to install, plastic guttering types are the ideal option. When installed in areas of high rainfall, the system can help prevent excess water from entering the property.
Plastic guttering is ideal for high rainfall areas. It features durable construction that withstands droughts, weather, and other extreme elements.
Cast iron guttering
Cast iron gutters are long lasting and can provide up to 100 years of low maintenance. It can also be completely recycled when it reaches the end of its life. It also has a number of other advantages over the other types of guttering.
Most homeowners choose synthetic cast iron guttering for its fire resistance and low noise pollution, as well as its adaptability to all design styles and building types. Cast iron guttering is both durable and stylish. It’s an excellent choice for both modern and traditional-style homes.
Best types of guttering profiles
There are many guttering profiles that have been designed for efficiency and style, and are used in residential and commercial roofline guttering. In this section, we discuss the 4 basic guttering types in more detail.
The ogee gutter is the most common type of gutter profile, designed with a number of curves, often described as an S curve. They were originally designed with a number of curves that have been designed to emulate the original guttering profiles used in the 19th century.
Half-round gutters are a timeless and practical solution for keeping your property protected from rainwater. They consist of an elegant, flowing half-circle that channels rainwater towards a centre downpipe. Half-round gutters are available in metal or plastic variants for both contemporary and traditional properties. The design also ensures easy cleaning as well as roof access for maintenance.
Deeper than normal guttering channels, the deep style gutter ensures that all rainwater goes through the correct channels. In comparison to half-round gutters, they are widely used during renovation periods and for domestic buildings in areas prone to higher rainfall.
The benefits of deep style gutters are that they hold more water and overflow less because of their deeper channel.
Box gutters are rectangular channels that can be used to carry rainwater and other types of water runoff from areas like a roof or patio. They are also known as square or trough gutters, are easy to install in straight lines and perfectly complement angular features such as right-angles. The design of the three sided gutter means that it can withstand high levels of water and still remain functional.
How to choose the best guttering
The gutter system in your house plays a big part in determining how well it will function. For a small roof area or a home with few trees near the roof, an average size gutter system can be used. But for larger roofs that lead to larger downspouts, or for homes with smaller roof areas and more trees near the roofline, professional designers recommend the largest available rain gutter system.
The dimensions of the gutter system have a direct relationship to its ability to handle water. If the roof area is large or if there are sources that will cause excess runoff, such as trees, it’s recommended to install a larger gutter system.
Choose a gutter system based on your roof’s dimensions, the area of roof that you need to cover and factors that may affect the downpipes from your roof. This will in turn affect your choice of guttering materials too.
Looking for guttering professionals nearby?
If you are based in Northampton or any area within Northamptonshire, do get in touch with us if you require guttering services. As we discussed above, it’s always good to have professionals handle the job for you to ensure you have a peace of mind and not have water seeping through badly fitted gutters.