A seamless guide to gutters, from the choice of material and style, to installation and maintenance.

What's Guttering?

The gutter is a channel or groove which leads rainwater from the top and edges of the building to the ground through a series of shallow through systems. Depending on their designation, gutters can be separated into two main categories:

  • Street GutterThe street gutter is a channel placed alongside the street to lead water away from the road. 
  • Rain Gutter: The rain gutter, on the other side, is what keeps the rainfall from pouring out of the edges of a house. Instead, it collects water and leads it to the ground.

Gutter Maintenance: Taking Care of The Guttering

According to some of Sydney's top accredited gutter cleaners, rain gutters require inspection and complete gutter cleaning, at least, two times a year. Through time and especially during the seasonal changes, gutters will collect dirt, leaves and other particles that will block them. To prevent this, the guttering should be checked and cleaned every once and a while. Dirt may need to be loosened with a stiff brush and collected with a plastic scoop. The ladder must have a leverage above the shallow through that provides a clear view of the gutters. After a thorough clean-up, the remaining dirt and leaves may be flushed down the pipes with a water hose with a trigger nozzle. Downspouts also require a deep clean. In most cases when there's lots of vegetation around, the drainpipes will have to be unclogged as well.

Gutter Types: The Most Commonly Installed Gutters

  • C-Square Gutter: This gutter type is specially designed for patio application. Originally called Commercial Square Gutter, the C-Square gutter is commonly used in the commercial sector where a style and modernity have played an important role in the building's façade. This guttering can be easily secured to the roof via a special fold on the back of the gutter.
  • Hi-square Gutter: This 130 mm high guttering provides a visual cover for the roof. Its square front delivers an elegant finish to any building. It has a slotted structure that reduces chances of water overflowing.
  • Lo-Square Gutter: This gutter type is slightly shorter in height than the Hi-Square guttering, but its elegant front provides a neat finish to the roof's appearance. The Lo-Square gutter is compact and can be easily installed.
  • OG Big One Gutter: This guttering has a vintage, Gothic design. It's created for business buildings and has a variable width, depending on the current needs of the building. I come with slots, when requested, and is capable of carrying large amounts of rainwater.
  • OG Gutter: Also known as Old Gothic, this gutter type has a traditional profile that gives any building a slightly ornamented appearance. The OG gutter comes in a variety of colours and materials and is a wonderful choice for both residential and commercial buildings.
  • Quad Gutter: This gutter has a wide profile and a stylish, classic appearance. The Quad Gutter can also come with slots for overflow prevention. It is an ideal choice for homes and commercial buildings of all style.
  • Quarter Round Gutter: This gutter type has an attractive appearance that can match any architectural style. It has high water capacity. The partially round profile of this gutter type allows easy maintenance.
  • Smoothline Gutter: This gutter type comes with internal brackets to provide a clean, minimalist appearance to the buildings it's installed on. Its rounded profile with a flat back allows easy installation and maintenance.
  • Edge Gutter: For modern abodes and business buildings which aim for high-end appearance, the Edge gutter's clean and simple design can be an ideal choice. The Edge gutter has refined lines and is the latest trend in residential and commercial architecture. It can hold up a large amount of water and comes in a variety of colours.
  • HK Gutter: Also known as Household K, this gutter type is popular for its edgy, modern appearance. The HK Gutter type is also available with slots for minimising overflow during heavy rain.
  • Half Round Gutter: As it's clear from the name, this gutter type has a half-rounded shape which gives off a stylish appearance to any building. The practical shape of the gutter makes it largely self-cleaning and its 150 mm diameter provides a high water capacity.

 

Gutter Materials: What Works Best for Gutters

  • Vinyl: One of the cheapest solutions for guttering, it has a light material and affordable price that makes it a top choice among do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Of course, the price it comes at is for a reason. Vinyl gutters don't come in many colours as the material prone to fading under the sun's UV rays. It's also quite fragile and won't be able to support the weight of a ladder, for example.
  • Aluminium: The most commonly used material for gutters. Aluminium gutters are easy to install and are pretty light which makes them ideal for DIY projects. Another perk of the aluminium, besides it's affordable price, is that it won't rust and can be painted in a variety of colours.
  • Steel: This material will give any building a modern touch, yet, it is a heavy and pricey solution for residential and commercial guttering. It can be painted and if galvanized, it can resist rust but longevity will still remain an issue. Steel gutters can last about five to ten years.
  • Copper: Providing an exceptional beauty to every residential and commercial building, copper is one of the top preferred gutter materials for high-end properties. Copper has an elegant finish and will later develop a patina, a natural protective cover that will keep rust away. It is pricey and requires professional installation as joints and seams must be welded, but it will be an exceptional and durable addition to your home or office.
  • Zinc: An expensive and extremely durable solution for home and office guttering that will develop a patina over time, protecting your gutters from harsh weather conditions. Its high price and the requirement for professional installation and maintenance make the zinc gutters preferred primarily for luxury residential and commercial real estate.

  

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Last updated on the 23-02-2016 by Ariella Polter

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