Gutters: Different Types & Why You Need Them

Rainwater gutters are connected to your roof structure. Located at the bottom of roof sheets or tiles (depending on what roof you have), gutters collect your rainwater and direct it toward your downpipes, allowing it to effectively flow off your roof and away from your properties foundations.

Gutter Profiles
Gutter profile images from Fielders

What are the benefits of gutters?

Rain gutters provide the following benefits:

  • Assist in collecting rainwater for re-use (via a water tank)
  • helps to protect and reduce water exposure for exterior walls
  • Ensures water is collected and dispersed away from the property foundations (e.g. via downpipes and soakwells)

What are the different types of rain gutters?

There are a number of different types of gutters you can get with different profiles and colours to suit. These include:

  • Fascia gutters
  • Wide based/Square gutters
  • Round and half-round gutters
  • Box gutters

Fascia Gutter

Image from fielders

With its deep profile, the fascia gutter is commonly used on outdoor patios and is great for hiding the ends of sheets, especially on flat roofs.

Wide based/Square Gutters

Wide based gutter
Image from fielders

Probably one of the most cheapest and common gutter (particularly in WA) is the wide-based gutter. This gutter has a contemporary design that works well with both tiled and colorbond roofs.

Round and half-round gutters

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Quater round and half-round gutters offer an alternate, somewhat modern look compared to your traditional gutters. Due to their smooth inner profile, these gutters are easier to keep clean compared to some of the more ridged profiles on the market.

Box Gutters

Box gutters
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Box gutters are a large tray type of gutter that is usually placed in the middle of two roofs running towards each other or at the end of a large flat roof that requires a gutter with a large capacity.

In most cases, box gutters have a downpipe spout at the end of the tray or even sometimes at both ends. To ensure no overflow these box gutters are often fitted with an overflow spout so if the rainwater rises rapidly within the box gutter it quickly flows out of the overflow spot.

What are gutters made of?

Due to Australia’s climate, most property owners install metal gutters and downpipes, however, you can also get gutters and downpipes made out of plastic.

The main disadvantage of plastic gutters within Australia is their ability to withstand high levels of ultraviolet (UV) light with plastic gutters sometimes warping or becoming brittle when exposed to extreme heat.

What lengths do gutters come in?

In Australia the standard length of a gutter is 6m, however roof plumbing suppliers or the lengths of Bunnings do provide smaller lengths if requested.

What colours do gutters come in?

Gutters within Australia are available in various colours. The stock standard colour of gutters is zincalume, which looks like a shiny grey colour. However, you can also order gutters in a range of colorbond colours – see below:

colourbond colours

How are gutters fixed to the roof?

In Australia, gutters are fixed to your roof via gutter clips. Depending on whether you are installing the gutter onto the fascia or straight on the timbers will determine what type of gutter clips you need.

If it’s mounted onto the fascia, then the gutter will clip straight onto the top edge of the fascia whilst being supported underneath by the fascia lip. Or if there is no fascia for the gutter to rest the clips will have to be nailed into the supporting roof timbers.

What to do if my gutters are overflowing?

Overflowing gutters or leaking gutters are a common problem in Australia, particularly during the winter months. Check out the below articles for useful information on fixing an overflowing or leaking gutter:

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