Choosing the Right Guttering Materials for your Home12 August 2015


There are several types of guttering materials that can be used on your property, each with their own benefits. If you are looking for advice about the best type of guttering for your home, here is a simple guide.

Aluminium

Aluminium is a lightweight and cost-effective guttering solution, making it an affordable and economical choice for homeowners. Aluminium guttering is fairly robust and is able to withstand weather conditions fairly well, although it is not as strong as some other guttering materials. It would be best used in a climate that does not receive a huge amount of rainfall, although it will not rust. If you choose primary aluminium guttering, you can expect a fairly consistent quality, although it will require more frequent maintenance and repair than other types of metal guttering.

Steel

Steel guttering is the best option for those who live in an area that experiences particularly poor weather conditions. A very strong material, it can withstand even the most severe climates and is extremely durable and hard-wearing. Installation of steel guttering is best done by a professional as it is very heavy to handle. There are some disadvantages to choosing steel guttering, however. It can be very expensive to install and it may begin to rust after just 5 to 10 years if it is not treated.

Copper

For a really attractive choice for your home, copper guttering is the ideal option. It is also advantageous for homeowners as it has low maintenance needs while being fairly durable, and so presents a more appealing alternative to steel. Another bonus is that it is rust-resistant and so is useful in wetter climates. The downside to copper guttering is that it is very expensive and is therefore most suited to high-end properties and historic restorations. It must also be installed by a professional as it requires welding to the joints and seams.

Vinyl

For a great maintenance-free option, try vinyl guttering. This lightweight material is produced in a range of colours so you can choose the one that best suits your home and your style. Be aware, however, that colours will fade after continued exposure to sunlight. Unfortunately, vinyl guttering is not very robust or hard-wearing. Whereas metal guttering is able to withstand extreme climates, vinyl guttering will deteriorate a lot more rapidly. Vinyl guttering is therefore best suited to homes that are located in areas with a moderate climate and with a low amount of rainfall.

The experts at Morgan Asphalte are available to carry out a free, no-obligation assessment of your roofline, establishing the correct guttering type for your needs and performing repairs and replacement where needed. Get in touch today to find out more.


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