Guttering Styles, Sizes & Designs - 2018 Guide

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A home’s guttering is an item that is seldom given much thought, until such time as repairs or replacement become absolutely necessary. When this time comes, many homeowners simply replace the guttering with the same type and style that was previously installed. However, in some cases, an alternative option may be available – which will do a better job of channelling excess water away from a property.

Below are some of the most popular styles of gutters, along with a few pros and cons associated with each of them.

K-style or Ogee Gutters

ogee guttering advantages

These gutters have what is known as a ridged crown moulding design that makes them look extremely attractive after being installed.

Pros

  • They are able to hold more water than many other guttering styles
  • Their design renders them extremely durable
  • They are one of the most attractively designed gutters on the market
  • These gutters are available in several material options such as metal and PVC
  • They are usually easier to install than other gutters, meaning that labour costs may be less
  • Very little maintenance is required to keep them operating efficiently
  • They can be manufactured as a seamless option

Cons

  • They can be somewhat more challenging to clean that traditional half round or square gutters

Half Round Gutters

half round guttering advice

As their name implies, these gutters are half circle shaped. While they are readily available, half round gutters are not used too often anymore – especially on homes with roofs that are larger than average or that has a high pitch.

Pros

  • These gutters are quite aesthetically attractive, especially when used on newer homes
  • There are no angles in the gutter channel itself that will cause debris to get caught and clog the gutter
  • They are usually a lot easier to clean than other gutter types, such as the k-style
  • If they are manufactured from copper or cast iron, they will age beautifully over time to give your home a lovely finishing touch

Cons

  • They can be costlier than some other types of guttering
  • They will require dedicated accessories that have been specifically designed to fit them
  • In most cases, half round gutters are heavier than other gutter types (with the exception of PVC)
  • Their water channelling capabilities are substantially lower than that of k-style or ogee gutters
  • They can often be more difficult to install than other types of guttering

Fascia Gutters

fascia guttering information guide

Fascia gutters are normally installed on homes where the rafters haven’t been covered by fascia boards or where the rafter ends are still exposed. These gutters are often larger than most other types of guttering as well, enabling them to handle higher volumes of water during inclement weather.

Pros

  • Fascia gutters are larger than most other gutters, making them ideal for larger and higher pitched roofs because they can handle higher water volumes
  • They are normally quite attractive, meaning that they will blend in with the rest of your home’s appearance
  • Their high volume water-carrying capacity makes the ma great choice for homes in extreme weather areas

Cons

  • These can be somewhat more difficult to install than other gutter types, meaning that labour costs will be higher
  • If they are not protected by the appropriate gutter guards, they can require more maintenance in the form of gutter cleaning. While an average home’s gutters should be cleaned once a year, these may require professional cleaning two to three times a year

Wooden Gutters

Although wooden gutters can still be purchased, they are used in extremely rare cases, such as where a historical building is being restored.

Pros

  • Wooden guttering is far more visually appealing than most other types of gutters
  • They can be quite strong and durable, meaning that they will last for many years if correctly cared for

Cons

  • They are extremely heavy, meaning that proper installation is crucial to prevent them from falling down
  • They need to be sealed with primer or a dedicated wood sealant to prevent rotting and the formation of mould over time
  • These gutters require more regular cleaning to prevent clogging because they do not have a smooth finish like other newer styles of guttering
  • They carry far less water than other guttering styles, rendering them unsuitable for many of the larger or higher pitched roofs

Square & Box Gutters

square and box guttering information

Also known as box gutters, square guttering is often found on older buildings because they were one of the most popular options and the easiest to manufacture before the metal gutters that are so commonly seen today.

Pros

  • They are quite durable and easy to repair and maintain, meaning that they can last for many years when correctly cared for
  • The appearance of these gutters blends in effortlessly with most styles of home because they are designed to fit into the bottom section of the roof or the eaves

Cons

  • Some square gutters are manufactured with a base of wood and then lined with sheet metal such as tin, stainless steel, copper or even lead. Over time, the wood section can warp or rot and cause the gutters to not be as effective as they were before
  • These gutters are often manufactured from coated steel, meaning that they will need to be painted immediately after being installed and then every few years thereafter to prevent rust from taking over

Deep Flow Gutters

deep flow guttering advantages

These units are designed to handle higher volumes of water than average gutters, making them the ideal choice for larger homes or properties where the roof pitch is steeper than average.

Pros

  • These units are able to handle extremely high volumes of water, rendering them ideal for properties in areas that experience heavy rain or snowfalls
  • They can be manufactured is several types of material such as PVC, copper, zinc or even stainless steel

Cons

  • Their larger size can make for quite challenging installation, meaning that labour costs will be higher than for many other gutter types

Mini Gutters

mini guttering for sheds and greenhouses

Mini gutters tend to be used on smaller buildings such as greenhouses, garden sheds, carports and other smaller buildings where the roof area is smaller than normal.

Pros

  • Their smaller size makes them somewhat easier to install, meaning that labour costs should not be too high
  • They look far more aesthetically attractive on smaller buildings than standard sized guttering

Cons

  • They aren’t able to handle as much water flow as standard sized gutters
  • Being smaller than average gutters, they may also not be as durable as standard guttering. This could result in more frequent replacements being required

Seamless Gutters

seamless aluminium guttering advantages

Seamless gutters only have joints on corner sections and by downspouts because they are manufactured from a single piece of metal.

Pros

  • Fewer joints equals less clogging because there are fewer places for dirt, leaves and twigs to collect
  • Their design also means that there are far fewer places for leaks to develop over time
  • Because seamless gutters are custom manufactured for each property, they will be a perfect fit for your home upon completion
  • These gutters also look far more attractive because of the fact that there are minimal joints on them
  • Less maintenance and cleaning is required because there are fewer joints – especially if gutter guards have been fitted
  • They can be manufactured in several material types such as copper, aluminium, zinc alloy etc.
  • Seamless gutters will last longer than most other types of guttering

Cons

  • They may cost a little more to install initially because they have to be custom manufactured for your home

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