Everything you need to know about finding a gutter supplier
Gutters are the main method to get rainwater off your roof and safely to ground level. They are usually painted or powder-coated a different but matching colour to the roof and walls.
Types of Gutters
Most gutters are made of zinc coated steel, but other materials used to make gutters are PVC, aluminium and other alloy materials.
There are a number of different profiles used in past and present guttering. Some of the more common ones include:
“C” Square – this is a square fronted gutter, especially made to suit carports, verandas and other tilted roof applications such as sheds.
Half-round – this is, as the name suggests, a semicircle which has excellent water carrying capacity and resists the build-up of debris because there is no flat surface.
Quad – this is the more complex shape which uses a kinked recess in the front and bottom of the shape. It used to be attached to older style homes and cottages, and is still popular in new homes, as it is attractive and strong.
Smooth-line – this is the same shape as the half round gutter at the front, but has a flat back to fit more securely to the facia.
Gushing About Gutters
When you are up on your ladder cleaning out your gutters you may well wonder if you really need them. The chore may not seem worth the effort, but here’s what would happen if you didn’t have gutters on your roof:
The foundations – the very base on which your home sits would become eroded and saturated by the water running uncontrolled down your roof – unless you have a steeply pitched roof, but most homes do not.
The garden beds, lawn or paving – wherever water falls from height there will be an impact on the ground below. It is obvious that garden beds and lawns will be impacted on, but did you know that even paving is subject to impact from water falling on the same place over time. It is also subject to flooding.
Walls – the water splashing heavily down on the ground causes soiling of the walls below, but that isn’t the end of it because when the water seeps into the cavity between the outer and inner walls it causes rising damp and mould.
Ceilings – water running along the inside of a wall and dripping into the top of a wall or onto a ceiling causes damp, mould and of course dripping water onto floors causes all kinds of damage to carpets and floor coverings of all sorts including wood flooring.
You! Even long after it has rained you will be dripped on right down your neck, on your newly coiffured hair or down your clean clothes!
Choosing Your Gutters
Gutters are a specialised field and you need an experienced person to install them. A roof plumber would be the ideal tradesperson to do a repair job, but if you need your gutters to be completely replaced, it may be wiser to select a company that either makes or supplies gutters and have their installers fit it for you.
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