Types of Guttering – What’s the Difference?

Whilst the purpose of all different forms of guttering doesn’t differ, it comes in a variety of materials, shapes and also costs. So given that all the types perform the same function what are the differences and why do they matter? By gaining a better understanding you will be able to make a more informed decision when the time to purchase replacement guttering comes around. Knowing what you are spending (or wasting) your money on is key when buying anything so have a quick look through some of these pointers.




This is quite a common material and it is cheap and lightweight. It is simple to work with and should be relatively easy to install by yourself if you were looking to do this. It isn’t very strong and can get damaged quite easily by excessive weight or by reasonable impacts. Comes in a limited range of colours and is simple yet effective. Do not depend on it to last for a long period of time though without it needing any repairs.


Possibly the most prevalent type of guttering material in use is aluminium. It is a good all round choice due to it being rust free, lightweight but stronger than vinyl. It too is simple to work with by one’s self if you so desire. Should last for a long period of time except in circumstances such as extreme weather conditions.


Steel guttering is one of the strongest types you can purchase. One of its drawbacks though is that it can rust. Galvanised steel should last longer though, but will still rust eventually. Steel is very easy to paint but it should be noted that it’s difficult to work with yourself due to its weight. One of the more expensive types of guttering on the market.



One of the lesser seen materials used for guttering. Copper is normally seen on older or traditional looking properties. Aesthetically it can look very pleasing and it is resistant to rust. Like steel this material is quite expensive and partly this is due to the need to weld when installing it.


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As well as the materials, the shape of the guttering can vary. Semi-Round Guttering is exactly like it sounds i.e. a half-circle, and is the most widely seen. There is a type called squareline which is more angular and can hold more water at any time than semi-round. Deepflow guttering is basically a deeper form of semi-round guttering thus it can hold more water but maintains a similar round shape. Whilst there are different names such as K guttering or ogee guttering this asymmetrical type extends out further to catch a bit more water.

So if you are in need of any gutter replacement work then consider what type of guttering shape and materials suit your needs and budget best. For proper guttering installation and quality fascia replacement, which will sometimes need doing at the same time, you should take the time to discuss with your supplier what you should get if you are still unsure or want further details.

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