Guttering not only looks good, but it guards your home from erosion.
Because your roof protects the contents of your home, it appears to be the most important part of keeping rain out, but guttering and downpipes are equally important because they help to keep your foundations solid. This is because how and where the water flows off your roof potentially affects erosion, and so guttering is not just about giving your roof a finishing touch, but an integral part of the whole thing.
As well as having this extremely practical purpose, the cost of replacement or repair, and the type and colour is also very important because guttering is often more visible from the street than the roofline.
When choosing a profile, consider the type of house you are wanting to put it on, as well as today's environment, because not only the shape of your gutter, but also the size makes a difference to the way your guttering looks and works for you. There are lots of different gutter profiles to choose from, and the following are the most commonly used in the Brisbane region today:
Quad gutter was originally installed in the type of house usually referred to as a 'Queenslander', so if you want to restore the original appearance, Quad guttering is usually recommended.
Squareline gutter is often used on the modern house because it gives a nice straight line to the walls. Squareline has a higher front than Quad gutter, and so it hides more of the bottom of the roof, but because it is installed with internal brackets, it is not recommended if there are lots of trees that drop their leaves above the roofline.
Old Gothic (OG or OGee) Guttering
As its name implies, Old Gothic (OG or OGee) is a colonial-styled gutter and so it also suits the older home. However, it is generally more expensive than Quad or Squareline because it takes more workmanship to install.
Half Round Gutter
Half Round gutter is not the cheapest type of gutter to buy or install, however it has a unique appearance that is appealing.
Box gutter: even though you may frequently hear the term 'box gutter', do not expect to see it on the outside of a house, because it is primarily used where two roofs meet and large volumes of water need to be moved off the roof.
Gutters are fixed to the fascia with brackets, which come in two fundamental types:
Around 7.5cm of steel is hammered into rafters when spike brackets are used, making them very strong. As well as giving strength to a gutter, spike brackets do not impede the flow of water or any leaves that have fallen into the guttering.
They are usually driven into every second rafter and are painted the same colour as the gutter, so while they are clearly visible because the gutter sits on top of them, they also blend in.
Please note: Spike brackets are only used with Quad or OG gutter profiles, and they can only be used with timber fascias and rafters.
Concealed brackets give a clean line to gutters because they are virtually invisible from the ground. They are screwed into the fascia and clip inside the gutter.
For regions that ordinarily do not have a lot of heavy rainfall, such as the Brisbane region, concealed brackets are a perfect choice. Because they do not hold as much weight as a spike bracket, concealed brackets are simply placed closer together.
However, if you or your neighbours have trees that drop lots of leaves, spike brackets may provide easier maintenance because leaves may catch on concealed brackets, banking up and causing gutter blockage or overflow.
Pop rivets are used to join two pieces of metal together in roofing, guttering and the installation of metal downpipes. The joint is then sealed with special silicone to make it waterproof. The silicone used by Stark Roofing is UV-resistant, flexible and durable, making its life expectancy at least twenty years.
When PVC downpipes are joined, special glue welds them together and so silicone is generally not required.
Choosing the correct colour of your guttering can make the roofline flow seamlessly into the walls of your home, or break it up. If your house has lots of pieces that jut out, instead of four long walls, the right guttering can really jazz it up for you. As a general rule, choose the same colour, or one very close to the colour of your roof if you want them to blend, and a bright contrasting colour if you want to make a feature of your gutter.
Another consideration is potential colour-fading. If you don't want to re-paint in a few years to keep the colour looking fresh, then perhaps choose a lighter shade and avoid reds or blues, as these are notorious for rapidly fading.
The Stark Roofing Gutter Process
There are three parts to the process Stark Roofing applies to guttering:
- The quote
Unless it is pre-arranged with the owner, we always telephone to book a time for the quote to take place and we endeavour to keep this appointment so that you are not inconvenienced. Because this is not the case with some contractors, we are sometimes asked if it is possible to provide a quote on guttering repairs or replacement without the house being eye-balled. As a general rule, the short answer to this is "Probably not."
While it is possible to get an approximation of house size off Google Maps if the house has four long walls, which will enable us to calculate how much guttering is required, this is less accurate if there are many corners.
Other factors to be considered when we provide you with a quote are the:
- Height of your house
- Number of and location of trees
- Access to your property for material delivery
Once the quote has been accepted, you will be advised of the following points:
- If scaffolding or ladders will be used in the installation of your new gutter, or your gutter repair.
- How many people are likely to be involved with the installation of the gutter.
- How long it is likely to take to replace or repair the gutter.
- Proposed start date.
- A site-specific safety plan that is designed to provide protection for the people who live in the house and their pets.
No payment is required until the work is completed.
Labour warranties are provided on all new or replacement work, but not for gutter repairs.
All materials used by Stark Roofing carry a manufacturer warranty.