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    What are the different types of gutters?

    Your complete guide to rain gutters

    Hannah | Oneflare

    A good guttering system is vital to any roof, but many homeowners know very little about the gutters that protect their home. In addition, todays gutters can come in a wide range of colours and shapes and can offer both high-profile and low-profile aesthetics for your rooftop.

    What are rain gutters?

    Rain gutters steer water drainage that comes off your roof away from your house to prevent water damage to the exterior of your home, the foundation of your home, the interior of your home and to your landscaping. Many people don’t realize the importance of rain gutters until it’s too late and the damage is already done. If your home doesn’t have rain gutters, you should consider having them installed to prevent damage to your house.

    Source: Francos Bros Roofing

    Different types of guttering systems

    While all rain gutters are designed to direct water away from your home, they don’t all work the same way. Each type of rain gutter is better for different situations

    • Fascia: Fasica gutters (also known as eaves gutters) combine both the fascia and the gutter, thus eliminating the necessity to install a separate fascia system. Typically installed onto the rafters of the roof, fascia gutters are made from materials such as ColorBond or Zincalume, and can be purchased in a variety of different colours or in a traditional plain finish. They are visible, yet attractive with decorative shapes and are installed on the outside edges of the roof.
    • Box: Box gutters are called this because they’re boxed or positioned into the edge or middle of the roof in a way that is virtually invisible from below. Box gutters are typically made from stainless steel or ColorBond. You need to fit them with an overflow accessory during heavy rains, or the water will accumulate on the roof.
    • Square: Square gutters are square-shaped and are available in different sizes. They’re convenient because they can handle a high deluge of water and are typically made from heavy materials such as Zincalume, galvanised steel or ColorBond. Aesthetically, square gutters are desirable because they come in different colours and offer an attractive-looking profile for your roof.
    • Quad: Quad gutters, also called “D” gutters, are the most popular type of rain gutters. These come in low profile models for small buildings and high profile models for large buildings and work equally well on new homes and older constructions. They’re made of durable materials, such as galvanised or stainless steel, Zincalume or ColorBond, and are made to fit a variety of widths and roof profiles. Quad gutters are either slotted or without slots, but the slotted ones are popular because they’re constructed to handle water overflow.
    • Half round rain gutters: are designed for use in areas that have a lot of trees. These gutters have a “C” shaped base to prevent leaves and other debris from falling into the gutters and clogging them.
    • M-Type rain gutters are designed for use in areas that are subject to a lot of rain. These gutters have overflow slots that prevent the gutters from becoming overloaded with water during heavy downpours.
    • Smooth line rain gutters are an attractive option. These gutters have a flat mounting surface and are half rounded in the front.

    Rain gutter materials

    Rain gutters are most commonly made of vinyl, aluminium or other types of metal. Here are the advantages to each type of material.

    • Aluminum: is the most popular material for rain gutters. Aluminum is inexpensive, corrosion-resistant, and very lightweight. You can install it yourself if you’re handy. Aluminium rain gutters are available in a wide range of colours to match the exterior of your home.
    • Galvanised steel: Finished with a zinc coating to protect it from corrosion and rust, galvanised steel is very durable and long-lasting. However, it’s not compatible with every type of roofing material. This type requires professional installation
    • Stainless steel: rain gutters are extremely durable and will likely last the lifetime of your home. These rain gutters are expensive and require professional installation.
    • Vinyl: rain gutters are inexpensive and are easy to install yourself.
    • Timber: A timber gutter is a rainwater drainage system installed along the roof’s edge, traditionally made from timber, that channels water to downpipes. They are commonly found in older houses of a specific architectural style and require regular maintenance and periodic painting or sealing to avoid rot and deterioration.
    Source: Roof Guard Pty Ltd

    To resolve the issue of deteriorating timber fascia boards that can damage the guttering system, homeowners can install metal fascia over timber. Colorbond fascia is a popular choice due to its excellent durability, low maintenance requirements, and range of colours. Metal fascia over timber is easy to install and provides a hassle-free solution that supports the guttering system while adding style and value to the home’s exterior. Installing metal fascia over timber is a durable and long-lasting solution that protects the guttering system while adding an attractive finishing touch to the home.

    Buying Rain Gutters

    When shopping for rain gutters, keep the types and styles in mind. You want to choose rain gutters that are in your price range, look good on your home and are designed for the weather conditions in your area.

    Before you make your choice, decide if you want to install coloured gutters on your roof or if youre content with basic white or black. You’ll also want to decide if you want gutters that can be seen from your roof or if you want to invest in low-profile varieties that are virtually invisible from the front of the house.

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