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What Is The Best Type Of Guttering?

what is the best type of guttering

Choosing the best guttering materials and rainwater systems for the job is critical whether you're working on a small DIY project like an outbuilding or shed, or a larger scale housing or industrial unit project.

It can be difficult to know where to begin with so many choices available. There are several different gutter varieties, each with its own set of advantages. You must determine which system provides the best functionality as well as the project's desired appearance.

A rainwater guttering system can also change the look and feel of a home's exterior while also defining its personality. As a result, you'll need to think about which product to use to ensure a perfect finish.

The wrong choice could have an impact on more than just the home's exterior appearance; it could also have an impact on the home's construction. The gutter's size, shape, material selection, and location are all important considerations to consider during the design stage of your project. There is a large range on the market to choose from, and your final decision will be based on your budget, the design of the home, and the expected rainfall in the region.

Best Type Of Gutter Material

The location of the house, the style of building, and the look you want to achieve with the guttering are the three key factors to remember. The following are the most common guttering materials:


steel gutter

Steel is a low-maintenance and simple-to-install choice. Steel is protected from corrosion and rendered extremely durable by being coated on both sides with a hardened magnesium zinc alloy. When provided an additional anti-corrosive paint coat for a scratch-resistant finish, steel is also an excellent option for coastal locations.

Aluminium guttering

Aluminium gutter

Because of its high strength and low weight, many people use aluminium for their guttering. It's also very long-lasting and weatherproof. As a result, it will continue to perform at its best for the rest of its life, offering excellent value for money. Aluminium guttering can also add to the aesthetic appeal of a home.

Plastic guttering

plastic gutter

Plastic guttering is a great option if you want a low-cost guttering device. Plastic is simple to install and can withstand harsh temperatures and weather without being weakened or worn. Plastic is not especially environmentally friendly, so it would not be appropriate for conventional, conservation, or listed properties.

Copper guttering

copper gutter

Copper guttering is a fashionable choice for any structure. The material adapts to its surroundings, forming a sheen that ensures long-term longevity and corrosion resistance in a wide range of weather conditions. It also prevents moss and lichens from growing. Cleaning and repairs are reduced as a result.

Cast iron guttering

cast iron gutter

If properly mounted, cast iron guttering will last for over a century. It's a long-lasting, low-maintenance option that's also 100 percent recyclable. Cast iron guttering is common among many customers because of its fire resistance and low noise emissions, as well as its adaptability to a variety of design styles and building types. Cast iron guttering is an excellent option for new construction, renovation, refurbishment, and industrial projects. Listed homes, heritage properties, barn conversions, conservation style properties, and other properties benefit greatly from cast iron guttering and rainwater systems.

Types Of Gutters

Roofline guttering comes in a variety of profiles, ranging from more traditional models to more modern styles, as well as profiles that are specifically built for performance.

Half-round gutters

One of the most common guttering profiles is half round guttering. A half-round gutter is made up of a half cylinder with the open side facing skywards, as the name implies. Half-round gutter profiles are ideal for both traditional and modern homes, as they feature a clear and uniform profile with smooth curves that allow rainwater to flow smoothly down and into the gutter channel's centre.

Ogee gutters

Another common guttering profile with a number of curves is the ogee gutter profile, which is sometimes referred to as a S curve. The name Ogee is derived from "old gothic," a guttering style common during the Victorian period. The Ogee gutter profile was created to look like the gutters that were common in the nineteenth century. It is best suited for traditional and period structures, but it can also be used to add a sense of tradition and authenticity to more modern structures.

Deep gutters

Deep design gutters are made for areas where rainfall or water runoff is higher than normal. Deep gutters are similar to half-round gutters, but they have a wider channel, which allows more water to be retained within the gutter system. These deep gutters are particularly useful on renovation projects, domestic buildings in high-rainfall areas, and structures with large roof areas.

Box gutters

Box gutters, also known as square gutters or trough gutters, are made up of three sides of a rectangular tube. Box gutters are particularly well-suited to projects with angular features, such as contemporary apartment buildings and outbuildings, due to their straight and angular nature. Box gutters have a greater capacity than other guttering profiles due to their nature, so they can be used in areas of heavy rainfall or water runoff without problems.

How To Put Up Gutters

You'll need to remove and dispose of all of your old guttering before you begin. Current PVCu guttering is relatively easy to remove due to its lightweight, but cast iron guttering is much heavier and should be removed with assistance. Here’s how you can put up gutters step-by-step:

Step 1 - Hang a plumb bob from the fascia so that it hangs directly over the drain to determine the location of the running outlet or stop end outlet.

Step 2 - Mark the location of the outlet and its mounting holes on the fascia with a pencil, ensuring that it is no more than 50mm below the roof line.

Step 3 - Drill pilot holes, then install the outlet, making sure to use the manufacturer's recommended screws and not overtightening.

Step 4 - Measure from the outlet to around 100mm from the fascia's opposite end. At this stage, fit a fascia bracket, making sure it is higher than the outlet and that the drop to the outlet is around 3mm per metre. If your outlet is in the middle of the fascia, do the same thing on both sides.

Step 5 - Pull a string or a brick line close from the fascia bracket(s) to the outlet.

Step 6 - Check that the string runs slightly downhill from the fascia bracket(s) to the outlet by around 3mm per metre using a spirit level.

Step 7 - Measure and mark the location of the remaining brackets using the fitted fascia bracket as a guide. To ensure an even dropping, they should be no more than 1 metre apart and no more than 150mm from any angle or stop end.

Step 8 - As before, secure the remaining fascia braces, making sure to follow the manufacturer's directions to avoid overtightening.

Step 9 - Use a silicone spray to lubricate the gutter seals before installing the guttering. This will make installation simpler and will help with expansion and contraction. As you go, repeat this procedure for all gutter seals.

Step 10 - Fit the first length of gutter by tilting it so that it sits underneath the back clip, then pushing down at the front to ‘snap' it into place, working from the outlet to the highest point.

Step 11 - Install a union bracket into the fascia at the end of the first piece of guttering. Be sure to use the manufacturer's recommended screws.

Step 12 - Place the next section of gutter into the union bracket, aligning the joints with the insertion depth indicated on the fittings.

Step 13 - Continue to join the gutter lengths in the same manner.

Step 14 - After measuring the final gap, cut a piece of gutter to length with a hacksaw.

Step 15 - To finish the gutter run, install an external stop end.

Gutter Cleaning Tools

Maintaining your guttering is essential to keep them working properly. You can use a range of gutter cleaning tools from extendable power washers to devices with a claw and clamp feature that will allow you to remove debris from your guttering. It’s highly recommended to obtain some gutter cleaning tools to prevent damage to your guttering and home.

How Much To Replace Gutters

The price of a new gutter downpipe is determined by the new gutter material. It costs about £35-£40 per metre to replace an old uPVC gutter with a new one. A new cast iron downpipe will set you back around £75-£80 per metre. However, if you’re planning on hiring a professional to install your new guttering, you should also factor in that a guttering installer will charge around £55-65 per hour as well.

Get in touch with Newline Plastics for your guttering needs today! You can email us at: or call us on 01293 561400. A member of our team will be happy to assist you with any guttering needs.

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