What Is The Best Type Of Guttering?

There are many types of guttering, so when the time comes round to replace your guttering system it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Whereas in the past there wasn’t much choice, today there is a host of different materials, styles and colours to select from. In this article, we look at the variety of guttering on offer today to help you make an informed choice as to which guttering is right for you.

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Aluminium


Aluminium gutters lead the market, and it’s easy to see why. Resistant to corrosion, simple to work with and lightweight to boot, aluminium guttering is also available in several colours and is a low-cost option.

Copper

A more expensive option, copper is a premium guttering material and may be a little more hard wearing than the aluminium alternative. The biggest advantage to copper guttering is that it is resistant to mildew and will not need regular repainting.

Galvanized Steel

Made from steel coated with a layer of zinc, this guttering type is prone to rust but is very strong.

Galvalume

Made from steel with a coating of aluminium and zinc, this kind of guttering is robust and reliable with excellent resistance to corrosion.

Zinc

Similar to copper, zinc will require no painting and protects itself well from corrosion and weathering. Although it is expensive to install it requires no ongoing maintenance.

Vinyl

gutter-pipe-systemThe lowest cost guttering type and very simple to install as it is pre-cut to shape and lightweight to handle.

Seamless or Sectional

Guttering can either be made in a single piece i.e. seamless or in separate sections of around 10 feet in length. The parts are connected via a snap together connections making them easier to install and handle however they are prone to leakage.

Colours

Guttering comes in several different colours to complement the style of your house. Remember that your guttering should not draw the eye so choose a shade that blends well with your exterior decor. White guttering matches with white fascias, or you may wish to match the colour of your guttering to the bricks of your property or with your roofing material.
Don’t forget that you can choose a different colour for the guttering itself and the downpipes if that would work better for your home.

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