Gutter: How To Choose And Maintain?
To be effective, the channels must be positioned correctly and especially regularly checked Indispensable and discreet, the gutters protect the facades by evacuating the rainwater that flows from the roof. Selected according to the architecture and the rain, they are not only functional: their profile participates in the rhythm of the house.
What kind of channel?
There are two main families, which differ in their forms and modes of attachment and are adapted to local and architectural specificities.
The hanging channel
This is the most common channel. It is fastened by hooks that are attached to the end of the frame joists or to the edge of a board. It can be rounded (the most common) or rectangular in section. Its installation use to be well-matched with all kinds of roof covers.
The creeping gutter
This gutter bumbung, as its name suggests, is placed on the movable roof and does not overflow. Earmarked for steep roofs, it happens to be almost imperceptible from the ground and spreads the roofing material. Its profile might be rounded or angular.
What material to choose for the gutter?
There are many options and (very) variable costs. When choosing the material, you have to take into account the climatic and stylistic requirements, but you also need to consider the durability of the structure. Useful precision: for a good solidity of all, all the elements that make up the installation (gutters, springs, descents, etc.) must be made of the same material.
Classic and traditional, zinc gutters are resistant to corrosion and have a good longevity (40 years). Whether hanging or crawling, they require tin soldering and therefore calling in a professional.
This material is increasingly used. Aesthetic and Light (it might get painted in any color), aluminum use to be resistant to corrosion and cold, and is recyclable easily.
Economical, the PVC channel is also the easiest to install, as the elements are nested and glued. If it is resistant to corrosion, it is sensitive to strong climatic variations and, after 15 years, it can crack. It is now available in various colors, but still in profile.
Beautiful, strong and resistant, the copper channel is also the most expensive. Necessary to be placed and welded by a professional, its longevity often exceeds 50 years, which justifies a high purchase cost.
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