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Believe it or not, the humble gutter can trace its history all the way back to 1500 BC and the Indus Valley civilisation; one of the most widespread civilisations in South Asia during the Bronze Age. There, the basic concept of moving unwanted water away from a dwelling, using guttering made from burnt clay bricks, is first recorded to have been used.
It wasn’t really until much later in history, however, that gutters were used as part of a rainwater system like those we have today. Before guttering, buildings had to have overhanging roofs, or be built with the first story jutting out over the ground floor, to try and prevent rainwater from running down the walls and soaking into the footings causing damp and other water damage to the property as it did. However, these solutions would still leave a wall of water between you and your front door on a rainy day. Guttering, as it was introduced to Great Britain by the Romans, was a solution to all these problems.
Though the invention of the downpipe came later again, early gutter systems still served to direct rainwater off the roof, and away from the buildings walls and footings, in a concentrated flow of water that was much easier to avoid than a front door waterfall.
When the invention of the downpipe did then come along, the first recorded use being in 1240 on the Tower of London, it brought with it the ability to actually collect the rainwater that fell on our roofs and put it to good use.
Nowadays, almost all buildings we see have some form of guttering system to help direct rainwater away from our properties and prevent flooding. The basic design is quite simply a trough running along the base of the roof that catches the rainwater run-off and channels it towards a downspout that directs it into a drain to be carried away, or into a water tank for collection and rainwater harvesting purposes.
However, though they are indeed simple in design and purpose, guttering systems do come in a variety of materials and configurations, which can make it a bit confusing when it comes to deciding what type of guttering you need. So, whether you are planning to install an entirely new guttering system on your property, need to replace a damaged section of an existing gutter, or just want advice on how best to keep your gutters clean, this guide has you covered.
When you hear the word "guttering" you're most likely going to picture the trough, the gutter itself that runs along the edge of your roof. However, there is much more to a guttering system than just the gutter. From gutter clips and unions to support brackets and downpipe shoes, there are a number of important components that you'll want to familiarise yourself with. Below is a breakdown of all the parts you will see in a standard rainwater guttering system.
Arguably the most important part of any guttering system, the gutter collects the rainwater that runs off the roof and channels it into a downpipe to transport it away from the property. However, for the gutter to be able to do its job, it needs support from the following components:
See our guttering system diagram for examples of this.
The downpipe is the controlled escape route for the water collected by the gutters. It funnels the water safely down the side of the building and into a drain where it then flows away from the property. Though not as impressive looking as the gargoyle waterspouts of old, the common downspout does do a much better job of allowing you to control where the gutter water goes. However, just like with the gutter itself, the downpipe cannot succeed without a supporting cast of the following items:
Technically speaking, there are 3 different types of guttering; eaves, valley, and parapet gutters.
When it comes to eaves guttering, there are two main choices you have to make; the type of material you want and the profile of the guttering. Unless you have an unlimited budget for your project, the type of material you choose is likely to be the most important of these two factors, as it is the one with the biggest impact on overall cost, so that’s where we’ll start.
We often get asked the question “which is better plastic or metal gutters?”, and it would be easy to suggest that the stronger, more durable (and expensive) product would indeed be the best in the long run. But that isn’t always the case. It really is dependent on the type of building, the desired look that you require and the budget you are working too. Metal gutters can have a longer lifespan than PVC (over 50 years for copper gutters), but they tend to cost more to repair if damaged. A PVC guttering system may need to be replaced after 30 years, but is far cheaper and easier to repair
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