Types Of Gutter Material
Anyone starting to look for guttering will be relieved to see there are a wide range of materials, styles and colours available. However, it always helps to know a little more about each one before making a financial commitment, so you can decide if it suits the needs of your property.
Over the years the type of materials used has increased and provided consumers with far more options than ever before. In this article, not only will we cover the most common types, but also the different gutter profiles commonly found on the market and some price examples.
What types of gutter materials are available?
There are six main types of gutter material available on the market, giving you plenty of options to choose from. Steel and uPVC gutters are two of the most common types, although each one provides different benefits and uses.
- Steel gutters
Galvanised steel guttering provides a strong option and ensures durability and longevity. They stand up well to rapid changes in the weather as well as being able to drain away higher levels of water if required. Lindab steel guttering is a great example that offers high-performance levels and comes in a variety of painted finishes. Choose from 100mm, 125mm and 150mm half round diameter gutters, along with the downpipes required to channel the water down the side of the property.
- uPVC gutters
Many homeowners opt for this type of material as it is more cost effective compared to some other types. They are also easier to install because they are so lightweight and arrive in sections that can easily be pieced together. FloPlast is one of the most popular uPVC brands on the market and have a great range of sizes, designs and functionality on offer.
The FloPlast range has everything from Half Round and High Capacity, to Ogee and Squareline options.
- Aluminium gutters
These are a good option for industrial and commercial premises in particular. Aluminium is corrosion resistant, light to carry and can be purchased in a number of different styles and colours. It tends to be a popular choice for homeowners too, although it does take a little longer to install aluminium guttering onto a property.
- Copper gutters
Copper gutters tend to be a little more expensive due to the material, although in terms of value for money, they do not have significantly better levels of performance compared to some other materials. Copper is very strong and will stand up to heavy usage and add an aesthetic appeal to the property. They will also not experience mildew or rot, so once installed they can remain in place without any re-painting required.
- Galvalume gutters
These are steel gutters with an additional coating of aluminium and zinc. This ensures the material remains durable long-term and high levels of corrosion resistance. Galvalume gutters are some of the most expensive on the market, although you will see great returns for your investment.
- Zinc gutters
In most cases, zinc guttering is made from almost pure zinc, with the inclusion of small amounts of titanium and copper. The material stands up extremely well to corrosion and is more expensive to buy than aluminium. No painting is required and they tend to last twice as long as aluminium gutters with very little maintenance required.
- Wood gutters
This is an extremely specialist type of guttering that is now only used on older, preserved properties. Hundreds of years ago this would’ve been the norm, however, the advent of mass manufactured materials means this is no longer a requirement. Using them on historic buildings helps retain the original aesthetic but the price is very high due to its specialist nature.
Choosing between seamless and sectional gutters
This may not seem like an important decision to make but it will make a difference after installation. The vast majority of materials will arrive in pre-cut sections that can then be joined together piece-by-piece. However, aluminium guttering can now be purchased in a seamless style that has been cut to fit the exact measurements of your roofline.
The advantage of going for this type of option is you will avoid the wear and tear that usually appears at the seams and joints. Although a seamless gutter will cost more, it may prove to be more cost efficient in the long run due to this reason. Over the duration of the guttering’s lifetime, this should also mean less maintenance will be required.
What gutter styles are available?
There are a growing number of gutter shapes and styles available in today’s market. We have listed the most common types below.
- K Style Gutters
These are the typical type of gutter profiles you will find installed on properties. They are also referred to as ogee gutters due to the decorative crown moulding appearance.
- Fascia Gutters
If fascia boards have not been installed over the rafter tails then these type of gutters are typically installed. This enables the smooth side of the gutter to act as the fascia board instead, blocking the rafter tails out of view.
- Half Round Gutters
As the name implies, half round gutters are moulded into a half circle shape. Their depth allows for good movement of water without much overflow even if debris falls into the gutter. Brackets are usually positioned underneath, rather than other styles that allow them to be hidden from view.