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What Is The Best Type Of Gutter System?

There could be multiple reasons you’re searching for the best type of guttering. Perhaps the guttering on your current property is damaged or worn and needs replacing.

Alternatively, you might be in the midst of a construction project – whether you’re doing it yourself or leaving it to the professionals – that requires you to choose guttering for a property.

No matter what the case may be, seamless guttering is hugely important. Without it, you might find you face problems such as blockages, leaks and damage to the building.

So it stands to reason that you want to find the best possible gutter system. One that suits your needs and budget whilst also being as strong and sturdy as possible.

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

In this guide, we’re going to look at the different options when to comes to modern gutter systems, so you can choose which is going to be right for you and your property.

Read on for our full advice.

The most common gutter systems

How you choose the right guttering material for your project will be based on a few important factors. Firstly, the type of building; secondly, your budget and finally, the overall look and aesthetic you want to go for.

We’re now going to look at some of the most commonly used gutter systems, weighing up the pros and cons of each as we go.

Plastic systems

One of the most recognisable types of guttering is uPVC. This is often the cheapest option, and as it is lightweight and easy to install, this can be the better option if you’re working on the project yourself. These can withstand high volumes of rainfall as well as extreme temperatures pretty well.

They can also come in a wide range of colours to suit your personal style and the overall look of the property, making them ideal for most buildings.

However, the downside to uPVC is that plastic is not the strongest material on the market in terms of guttering. Therefore, the material is at greater risk of damage or cracking than some of the others on our list. It is also not great for the planet as it is often not recycled.

Aluminium systems

Lots of people opt for aluminium guttering as it is high strength but still lightweight. What’s more, it is a very durable and weatherproof material. In terms of value for money, these systems will perform well throughout their lifetime; they also come in a range of finishes so you can find the perfect look for your property.

The only problem is that aluminium can require more maintenance than some other materials. You need to take care of the enamel layer on the outside if you don’t want it to rust. Plus, extremely hot temperatures can cause the pipes to expand quickly and then contract, which could potentially cause cracks, so you need to think about the climate where you live.

Steel systems

A steel guttering system comes with a huge number of benefits. It is relatively low maintenance and strong, as well as being easy to install and better for the planet than some of the alternatives. In terms of price, steel guttering systems are somewhere in the middle, not the cheapest, but certainly not the most expensive, so it depends on your budget.

That being said, if the top coat becomes chipped or damaged, these pipes can quickly begin to erode underneath, so you need to check them regularly.

Cast iron

Cast iron is the most expensive option when it comes to guttering systems, so you really need to think about your budget. That being said, it can last for over 100 years if it’s installed properly.

It is also very stylish and recyclable, making this another great option for the planet if you’re looking to make more sustainable choices.


Copper guttering can be another stylish choice for any building, no matter its age. As the material can adjust to the environment, this can be one of the most durable materials. These pipes are also easy to maintain as the material is less prone to moss or lichens, which means it needs less regular cleaning.

The downside to copper is that it can be on the more expensive side. Plus, because of the type of material, you must ensure you also use copper fasteners, nails and fittings, which can raise the price and limit your options slightly.

So which is the best system?

So, which is best is really up to your personal preferences. However, you need to consider your budget, the look and finish you want on your guttering and how much time or resources you can dedicate to maintaining these systems.

By keeping all of the above in mind and weighing out the pros and cons of each, you’ll be able to choose the best gutter system for your project.

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