Types of Gutters

September 8, 2014

A gutter is a structural object that is found in many structures all throughout the world, most notably in residential homes. It is typically employed to channel away rain from a structure’s surrounding area. Modern gutters come in a variety of different forms and are often made from various materials such as metal, plastic and, in old times, wood. These types of gutters tend to be viewed as something of an antiquated add-on to a structure, although it is actually quite necessary to help preserve the overall integrity of a structure from rot, moisture damage, and various other problems that arise when water is allowed to seep into a structural edifice.

All types of gutters however have one thing in common, they are installed often almost directly unto a roof or adjacent to it, oftentimes edging it, irrespective of their size, shape, and the types of materials used to make them.

A Look at the Types of Gutters Melbourne

Nowadays, the sheer variety of materials that have been made available to the residential and commercial markets has given rise to various types of gutters, of which there are typically five varieties:

Cast Iron Gutters – Among the five types of gutters, ones which are made of cast iron are the oldest, and also among the most durable. In spite of its sound structural integrity and its old-world charm, iron is extremely heavy and is prone to rust if not primed and regularly repainted. Iron does not work well in very humid areas or otherwise, in places near salty bodies of water as it degenerates quickly.

Copper Gutters – Copper is another old world goody and doesn’t rust like cast iron gutters. Unlike cast iron which tends to be heavy, copper is a durable, lasting, and a low-maintenance alternative to cast-iron. Copper, unlike cast iron, does not corrode so easily, is not prone to rust, and can be tooled into a number of aesthetically pleasing shapes. And it can be installed far easier than cast iron. Copper, when left to weather, develops a pleasing patina that turns into a greenish or bright-greenish hue called verdigris that makes for a highly pleasing look for people who have a thing for old-world aesthetics. However, copper tends to be somewhat expensive and difficult to obtain these days.

Aluminum / Tin Gutters – These are more modern than either cast iron or copper. Aluminum and tin are nevertheless still a somewhat dated type of gutter material. Unlike either cast iron or copper, aluminum and tin are very durable, and are known to be strongly resistant to weathering. Today, aluminum gutters are easily installed, lightweight, and moldable, which makes cleaning your gutters easier. In fact, it is one of the most popular types of gutters today.

Plastic / Vinyl Gutters – A bit more modern than the rest of the materials described, plastic or vinyl is lightweight, resistant to weathering, easily installed, extremely affordable and can come in a variety of colors. Vinyl and plastic gutters however lack a bit of the durability needed to guarantee lasting service and resilience against wear and tear.

Stainless-steel Gutters – A more modern, expensive, yet durable choice of gutter-material, stainless-steel is not only resistant to corrosion and weathering, but it is also lightweight, easily installed, and comes in a range of pleasing finishes that can imitate even cast iron or burnished aluminum.

Depending on the types of gutters you opt to install, you will have to adjust your overall budget to accommodate the changing prices. While cheaper may not always be best, it is far more prudent to stick to something that is pricey, but is guaranteed to last. For more information on the types of gutters, and how to clean them, please visit

Apex Vacuum Gutter Cleaning
Diamond Creek, Victoria, 3089

Alasdair Collis
Ph: 0410 614 924
Fax: 03 9438 2743

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