Your guttering is a vital part of your home, and the correct guttering will not only look good, it’ll protect your by channelling any excess water safely away from the home’s structure. It can be difficult to know which guttering you need though so we’ve put together this guide to help you get started. If you have any more questions or want some detailed advice for your home, speak to your local guttering
professional who will be only too happy to help.
What Type of Gutter Do You Want?
The first decision that you’ll have to make when choosing your guttering is what type of gutter you actually want. There are different types of gutters to suit different styles of home. Some of the most common are:
- Half round gutters – these look like a semi circle and are great because they don’t collect debris as easily as some other types of gutters and they also have a high capacity. They are particularly suited to Spanish, Tuscan, and modern style homes.
- Quad gutters – are very popular due to their adaptability, and the fact that they come in different sizes. They look great on Colonial and cottage style homes but they are also a great choice for new homes as well.
- Square fronted gutters – are great for hiding the edges of roof sheets and they have overflow slots to help them cope better in heavy rain.
- Box gutters – if you don’t want to see your gutters at all, box gutters are the best choice as they are actually “boxed” in to the roof so that you can’t see them from your garden.
Look at the Guttering Material
It is important to check out what type of material your gutters are made from as well when you are making your choice, as it is absolutely vital to make sure that the guttering is compatible with your roofing. Guttering can be made from Colorbond, steel, zincalume, PVC, copper, and zinc aluminium alloys. Your guttering professional or supplier should be able to let you know if there are any potential compatibility issues between your roof and the guttering material that you want to use.
Choose the Right Colour Gutter
While your guttering is incredibly functional, it is also a visible part of the roofing system so you want to make sure that you get the gutter colours right. A good guide is to match the guttering to the colour of your roo, so that it blends in and creates a unified look. Alternatively, you can match the guttering with your window and door trims to help create more visual interest in the exterior of your home.