GUTTERING

Repairs & New Roofs in Leicestershire

Guttering

A rain gutter, also known simply as a gutter or guttering, is part of a building’s water discharge system. It is a trough or channel that runs around the perimeter of a roof, and collects rainwater runoff from the roof, discharging it, usually to rainwater downpipes which convey it to a drainage system.

Guttering is usually fixed to the fascia board. When it is raining hard or in a downpour the roof of a 3-bedroom semi could be washing several litres of water per second into its gutters.

Guttering comes in a range of materials:

Plastic (PVC) Guttering

Generally, the cheaper material choice are uPVC or PVC gutters. They are reassuringly strong and more than fit for purpose. Made from moulded plastic, they are flexible, don’t easily lose their shape, and are available in a variety of colours to suit your house without the need to paint them and are maintenance free.

Cast Iron Gutters

Cast iron is a good, strong material for guttering that can last for over a hundred years if properly installed and maintained. It is especially ideal for use on heritage projects and listed buildings (sometimes being the only material permitted to maintain the traditional look of such properties), but is adaptable enough to suit any design style and building type. 

Galvanised Steel Gutters

The most affordable and cost effective of the metal types, it can be a middle ground between the strength of cast iron and the lighter weight of PVC. It is resistant to thermal expansion and contraction which grants greater joint integrity against the variable weather conditions in the UK. 

Unpainted, it provides a nice contemporary look for modern homes, but steel gutters can also be painted to match most building styles.

Stainless Steel Gutters

If you like the idea of steel guttering, but really don’t want the maintenance hassle, it might be worth taking a look at stainless steel guttering instead. Though they share some similarities, stainless steel is much more resistant to rust and has a longer lifespan than galvanized steel. With minimal cleaning, stainless steel guttering will also maintain its shine for much longer too. 

Aluminium Gutters

Like galvanized steel, aluminium guttering is both strong and lightweight. Unlike galvanised steel, however, aluminum gutters come with a price tag closer to that of cast iron (and can exceed it for some types). 

Copper Gutters

Copper guttering is magical. Over time it will change in colour from rustic brown to bronze and then eventually to a distinctive green/blue patina. It is the magic of oxidation. 

It is a sustainable material, that can look good on both contemporary and traditional style buildings, that is incredibly low maintenance as it doesn’t require painting and needs only the occasional removal of debris to stay in perfect working order. 

The main downside to this material is that it is very expensive.

Zinc Gutters

Zinc, as a material for guttering, is very much similar to copper in that it also forms a protective patina over time that makes the metal corrosion resistant, immune to UV rays and long lasting. 

Where it differs from copper is in the fact that its patina doesn’t change the colour of the metal as drastically. The shiny grey metal becomes a dark, gun-metal grey colour as its patina forms. This change is much less noticeable than that of the colour change in copper, making it less of an aesthetic concern for those not thrilled with the weathered look. 

Guttering in black
Black guttering, round profile

uPVC Roofline

Guttering is typically made from uPVC and is maintenance free, previously it would have been wood or even metal but they require periodic painting. We can supply uPVC in a range of colours – black, white, grey, brown and more.

Listed Properties

It may be that your listed building requires wood or metal guttering, we can repair or install new systems as required. This will be specified in your planning application.

White square profile gutters
White square profile guttering