26 Apr What Is The Best Material For Gutters?
Proper gutter care is essential for keeping your home in good condition. Along with channelling water away from your home, a well-cared for gutter will reduce ice accumulation during the winter months.
If you are looking to repair or replace your gutters, then being aware of the various gutter materials will help you save money while choosing something that works for your home.
Materials for Gutters
The best gutter material for you will depend on what your current needs are. For example, a half round guttering system will be less expensive than a deep flow, but may not be a good choice depending on the nature of your roof. Square and Ogee also offer their own benefits and drawbacks that will invariably alter the final price of your new gutter.
As the majority of homes in the UK have gutters made from wood, UPVC, or cast-iron, these will usually cost the least.
UPVC is growing in popularity due to its low cost. In addition, it is also very easy to install. The downside is that it has a short lifespan and will require more maintenance.
Prior to the popularisation of PVC and plastics, cast-iron was the default low cost option for gutters. Being a little heavier and more expensive than UPVC, cast-iron is still a popular choice for those who want long lasting gutters.
Wood is also a popular choice though it is gradually fading in popularity. Wood is lightweight and relatively easy to install. The drawback is price and maintenance.
Aluminium is a popular guttering material for commercial properties. Lightweight and relatively inexpensive, aluminium also comes in a number of colour options.
How Much Will My New Gutter Cost?
This question is difficult to determine without knowing several factors. The first is the material you will be using for your gutter. Wood will be more expensive, while UPVC will be on the cheaper end. There is also the type and quantity of gutters you will require. With a larger house comes a greater roofing perimeter. A final thing to consider is the cost of labour.
If your gutters are challenging to reach, then this cost will go up.
Ultimately, your final cost will depend on the needs required by your home. Given the cost, it may be beneficial to seek a professional opinion prior to beginning work. Any research done now can save you a great deal of time and effort in the future.