What is the best gutter type for your home

What is the best gutter type for your home

When determining what type of guttering is best for your home or property, you will find that guttering is available in a variety of materials, sizes, and profiles/styles. It is important not to succumb to temptation based on price. The aesthetic of your guttering is important however, their function or practicality is imperative, as with every property type and environment there are options more suited to some homes or properties than others.

Types of Guttering Materials

Guttering is designed and available for both professional and DIY installation.
The difference between the designs Is the DIY option is available for ‘everyday’ installation whereas the professional options are for experienced tradespersons. DIY guttering comes in lengths and will have a fastening system designed for easy installation. Professional guttering is where professional installers may come to your home and shape your guttering on-site using special equipment or will measure first and pre-fabricate your guttering.

Material Options:

  • Vinyl guttering is the least expensive and is usually designed for DIY installation
  • Aluminium guttering can be designed for DIY or professional installation. It comes in a variety of powder-coated colours
  • Galvanised steel guttering must be welded together, so is not suitable for most DIYers.
  • Stainless steel guttering is expensive but can be very hard-wearing. It must be installed by professionals
  • Copper guttering is another expensive option, but if the price is no object, can be a stylish addition to your home

Due to the harsh Australian climate, it is important to consider which type of material and system is both practical for your environment and practical for your property. Vinyl guttering may not rust as per other styles, but it does deteriorate over time and become brittle. Aluminium guttering is popular because it does not corrode and comes in a wide range of colours. Some professionals still prefer galvanised steel in some locations because it stands up to harsh weather conditions better than aluminium. Copper and Stainless steel are not as common due to their expense. 

Choosing a Guttering Profile

The 3 most common gutter styles:

  1. Quad guttering has a flat bottom and sides. It sometimes comes with overflow spouts.
  2. Half-round is curved and looks like the letter “C” in profile view.
  3. Smooth line guttering is a variation on half-round guttering. It has one flat side that is for mounting against the fascia, giving it a “smooth” look.

Typically guttering comes in different sizes and variations. A “K” profile is like quad guttering but has a shaped front. Some vinyl guttering consists of five flat sides. Custom designed guttering is also available.

The practicality or functionality of guttering is paramount in relation to your property and environment:

  • Quad guttering is often recommended for high rainfall areas.
  • Half-round guttering has a completely curved surface. This can prevent the build-up of leaves and debris.

Your property’s location and environment will determine what guttering profile and material is most suitable. If you live in a high rainfall area, it is recommended to choose a larger size of guttering, for example, Quad style. If you live in an area surrounded by trees, half-round guttering may be more practical. 

Guttering Mounting Systems

Mounting systems are commonly either internal or external, either within the guttering itself or brackets and other mounting types visible externally. The crossbar mounting system is the strongest as it wraps around the entire guttering system. Hidden mounting systems are more popular because they have a smoother appearance. Still unsure of which system is right for you? – call one of our friendly specialists at King Group Australia today!

Why Should You Replace Your Gutters?

Why Should You Replace Your Gutters?

Determining whether to invest in repairing or replacing guttering to your property?
Below are some of the factors to consider when replacing gutters.

1. Cracks, Rust, Holes: A few of these can be fixed using some sealant and maybe a little flashing. But if you see more than half a dozen sections where this is apparent, then you may want to opt for all new gutters.

2. Missing or broken Brackets? These are the pieces of metal that hold your gutter to your roof and keep it level. If you can repair a few screws and brackets, great: but if these problems persist, the gutters themselves may be the issue.

3. Nails or screws on the ground. Sometimes, the nails or screws that fasten the gutter to the fascia can work themselves loose. Replacing them isn’t difficult; but again, repeated instances of this may indicate gutter wear.

4. Separated gutters. Guttering systems only function if they are fastened together in a continuous channel. If they begin separating from one another frequently, it may be time for a gutter replacement.

5. Gutters pulling away from the roof. If spaces appear between your roofline and your gutters, the fascia boards may be rotting. A gutter replacement will fix the fascia problems along with giving you new gutters.

6. Sagging or low pitched gutters. If a proper pitch is not maintained along your gutter system, the water will pool in certain sections and possibly spill over or worse, cause leaks. Consider replacing your gutters if you are unable to fix this problem.

7. Flooding. Water constantly overflowing from the gutter will cause issues with your fascia and also contribute to leaks appearing on the inside of the roof cavity.

What Is The Purpose Of Gutters?

What Is The Purpose Of Gutters?

Gutters are the seemingly simple fixture that runs along the outside edge of your roof. Gutters surprisingly take on major responsibility when protecting your home.

King Group Australia are often questioned as to whether gutters are a vital component of their clients’ homes’ exteriors, or a purely decorative element. While it’s true that professionally installed gutters create an aesthetically clean edge around your roofline, their main purpose is far from just adornment. Gutters are guides, guiding rain and storm water off the roof and away from the foundation of the house—is essential to the home’s structural well-being.

No matter how gently rain falls onto your roof, the water builds up as it runs off and creates a powerful surge that, if not diverted, can hammer the ground next to your foundations. Consistent downpour or collecting water erodes the soil and can seep down along the foundation, increasing the risk of leaks and structural instability.

Gutters manage the rain and debris that contribute to a property’s’ deterioration. However, surprisingly, gutters do more than simply protect your house. They also preserve your backyard and your neighbourhood. Without fully functioning gutters and downpipes to control runoff in a safe manner, rainwater could create pathways through your yard as well as your neighbour’s, creating ditches, pooling in low-lying areas, and even killing lawns, flowers, and other vegetation.

Issues with leaks? Water damage or blocked gutters? – get in touch with one of our specialists today at King Group Australia!

What Are Gutters?

What Are Gutters?

Gutters are fixed to the exterior of your property and roof structure to assist with channelling water, debris and other forms of environmental factors that affect your roof and property. 

Gutters prevent water entry into the structure of the building by channelling the rainwater away from the exterior of the walls and their foundations. Water running down the walls causes dampness in the affected rooms and provides a favourable environment for growth of mould, and wet rot in timber.

A rain gutter may be a:

  • Roof integral trough along the lower edge of the roof slope which is fashioned from the roof covering and flashing materials.
  • Discrete trough of metal, or other material that is suspended beyond the roof edge and below the projected slope of the roof.
  • Wall integral structure beneath the roof edge, traditionally constructed of masonry, fashioned as the crowning element of a wall.

What Does Gutter Replacement Involve?

What Does Gutter Replacement Involve?

Guttering requires regular maintenance and cleaning to prevent dilapidation and deterioration over time. Some of the most common issues with gutters:

  • Rusting through, due to standing water or moist debris
  • Becoming leaky
  • Pulling away from the roof or sagging
  • Fading or otherwise looking old
  • Becoming dented or damaged due to rough weather

The following steps outline the process involved in replacing gutters:

1. Layout Lines 

  • Lines are chalked to the highest point of the gutter run on the fascia 1 ¼ inches below the flashing 
  • At the other end of the fascia (or at the downpipe location if there’s one in the middle of the run), the low end of the gutter run is also marked, to assure symmetry and ensuring the gutters will be ‘level’.

2. Brackets and Fascia

  • A ⅛-inch-diameter pilot hole is drilled through the fascia and into the rafter at each mark previously chalked out.
  • Fascia brackets are then fastened.
    Fascia brackets with ¼-inch stainless steel hex or other screw  long enough to penetrate rafters 2 inches are then used to secure the brackets.

3. End caps

  • At the square-cut end of the gutter, attached are a spherical end cap with aluminium pop rivets. (If the gutter doesn’t wrap a corner)

4. Downpipes

  • Downpipes are then marked to their location on the low end of the gutter. Drilling a ¼-inch-diameter hole through the centre of the circular outline.
  • The gutters are then turned over and cut to allow for the downpipe. 

5. Installing Gutter

  • The gutter into is then layed onto the brackets that have been screwed to the fascia.
  • The gutter is then rotated upward until its back edge slips into the hooks at the top of the back of the brackets.
  • The gutters are then secured to the bracket with a 1-inch-long #8-32 stainless steel machine screw and flanged nut.

6. Install Downpipes

  • Downpipes are fastened and secured to the the gutter with four pop rivets or screws.
  • Downpipe Swan Neck or Dog Legs are then secured to the outlet tube protruding down from the gutter.
  • All downpipes are then fastened together with pop rivets or screws.

How Much Does Gutter Replacement Cost?

How Much Does Gutter Replacement Cost?

How much gutter replacement costs will depend on the amount of guttering you need and the installation cost. We recommend having one of our specialist at King Group Australia provide in assisting you with a free measure and quote for Supply & Install.
Below is a guideline for supply only pricing: 

  • $30 to $35 per lineal metre for vinyl (PVC) guttering
  • $30 to $50 per lineal metre for zincalume
  • $45 to $67 per lineal metre for colour coated zincalume
  • $85 to $160 per lineal metre for stainless steel guttering

These prices are for guttering only. Downpipes, fascia, fixings and installation will cost more. Some typical costs for installing guttering may be:

  • $1900 for guttering on a small home (7m X 11m)
  • $3000 for guttering or $4300 for guttering and fascia on a smaller home
  • 90 metres of guttering and fascia might cost $6100 in the Sydney area

The above prices include guttering and installation. Prices will vary in different areas and the cost will depend on the type of guttering you choose. You may have a two storey home and the installation will cost more, depending on the pitch of the roof and access to the property. King Group Australia bases our estimates based on the type of gutter, the profile, the material and the access/pitching of the roof or property.
If you need assistance in choosing the right guttering for your home, or are experiencing any issues – give one of our specialists at King Group Australia a call today!