At Roofing Guildford we are experienced enough to realise the importance of the role that a gutter plays in the roofing system. Without a good gutter system to channel the water off the roof in a controlled manner the water will fall against the walls, windows and fascias and as most people know, prolonged exposure to water on any surface will cause damage that can cost a lot of money to repair down the line. Water running down the walls can eventually seep through and cause damp to the inside of the property, it will also lead to the build up of mould and mildew and if there is any wood in the structure of the walls it will also lead to rot.
Even more important than preventing the damage to the wall and exposed areas of the property is the prevention of damage to the foundations of the building. If water was allowed to fall down the wall, it would seep down and damage the foundations and overall structure of the building which if left untreated could cause a building to become unstable and dangerous. the role of the gutter therefore is to channel the water down a drain where it joins the sewerage or water disposal system and kept away from the foundations.
There are a number of different types and materials that can be used for modern day guttering. Each have different benefits and advantages and have scenarios where they will be preferable.
UPVC or Vinyl Gutters: These have become one of the most popular choices for home owners and commercial property owners due to the fact that they are affordable, durable are easier to fit so cost less to fit. They also come in a number of colours so you can find the best match for the roof line and they do not require any additional treatment and maintenance. They are also rust resistant which is obviously a huge benefit for something that collects water. the one weakness they do have is that the can crack in very cold climates and although are easier than other systems to install, if it is not done right then you could end up with water gathering and ultimately leading to damage and leaking.
Aluminium Gutters: Another low cost solution due to the lightness of aluminium and therefore less support required meaning it is quicker to install and the aluminium itself is one of the cheaper metals available. They have the advantage over vinyl in a cold climate as they are more resistant to cold, they can also be painted so if you have a particular finish in mind then this may be a good option for you. One downside to aluminium is that it is not as durable as vinyl and can be bent and damaged if anything falls on it.
Other Gutter Materials: The other materials gutters can be made of are stainless steel, copper and wood. Stainless steel is another great option as it is resistant to rust and very sturdy so unlikely to get damaged easily. the downside to all three of these however is the price tag that they come with due to their weight and complexity with installing.
There are a few different shapes of gutter to choose from too, the most popular in the UK is the semi circular shape as it is more subtle but you could also choose from the K-Shaped (or ogee) gutter or a square gutters which would be recommended for areas of high rainfall as they can carry more water.
For the best advice on which gutters are are the most suitable for your property and your budget, give Roofing Guildford a call today for a free quote and consultation.