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Different types of roof (rain) gutters for your home./Classification of rain gutters for building.

 Let us go through different types of roof gutters based on their shape & materials used in manufacturing them.

A. Roof gutters based on their shape or style:

1. Half-round gutters:

They are the most common type of gutter used widely all over the world. Due to their curved & smooth interior, they are the most efficient type to clear off drained waters.

Half-cut PVC pipes are the preferred choice due to their cheaper price & availability. They need brackets along the roof edges to secure & hold them in place.

2. Box-style gutters:

These gutters are good to handle large amounts of water. Box-type gutters are best suited for industrial & commercial buildings.

They are available in different sizes starting from 5" and up to 12". 

3. K-type gutters:

The name is given as it looks somewhat like a K shape. These gutters have flat surfaces on one side so that they can be installed in line with the facia board. The front molding provides a decent look to the building.

K-type gutters are available in different colors & sizes.

4. Ogee style gutters:

The curved edge of the gutter provides an architectural & aesthetic look to the building. They hold more water than half-round gutters.
 K -type gutters are also referred to as ogee gutters, but the one that has more of cascading style is simply said an ogee gutter.

5. Fascia gutters:

These gutters are two in one type as they act as fascia boards along with a gutter system. Fascia gutters are necessary type when the home does not have separate fascia boards. 

B. Roof gutters based on materials:

1. GI gutters:

They are heavier & much stronger when compared to aluminum & zinc gutters. They can handle large amounts of water & hence GI material is used in making box-style patterns.

2. Aluminum gutters:

Aluminum gutters are lighter in weight & they have anti-rust properties. These gutters come in plain form or in different color-coated options.

They are easier to install & they impose a lighter load on the building & anchoring materials.


3. PVC gutters:

The plus point of PVC gutters is that they never rust or corrode. They are cheaper & easy to work with.

These gutters need excessive support to stand in line without any twists & bends.

Usually, they are half-round type & are plain white in color.

4. Zinc gutters:

Zinc gutters are long-lasting & durable type when compared to other non-ferrous materials. They are stronger than aluminum but are slightly more expensive.

They need little maintenance & cleaning.

5. Copper gutters:

You can observe such types of gutters in older homes. They provide a rustic & historical look to the building.

 Nowadays, copper gutters are not preferred due to their higher cost & oxidizing nature.

6. FRP gutters:

They have a smooth & glossy finish for the easy drainage of water. 

They are resistant to corrosion and chemicals, & their inert nature makes them suitable for all environmental conditions.

FRP gutters are available in different shapes & sizes.

7. Stainless steel gutters:

These gutters provide a royal look to the building due to its shiny appearance. Stainless steel gutters do not dent or bend in severe weather conditions.

They are expensive & a skilled person is needed to install them.

Thank you for going through this article. Have a good day 😄.


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