Top 5 benefits of using aluminium guttering

Elliot James, Marketing Team

When it comes to gutters, there are many different materials you can use. You can opt for more expensive rainwater systems, like aluminium, cast iron and galvanised steel, or you can choose a more popular and cheaper option, like plastic guttering. However, when it comes to longevity and eco-friendliness, metal guttering is often a better choice for a variety of reasons.

Each metal offers different strengths and weaknesses – this article aims to provide clarity on the benefits of using aluminium gutters and downpipes for your project. If you have any queries, or would like a quote for your rainwater system, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team:

  1. Aluminium is durable

Most aluminium gutters are rust proof, with a polyester powder coating, making them a great choice in harsh environments exposed to the elements. Areas like Devon and Cornwall on the South coast experience high levels of rainfall when warm water form the Ocean evaporates and then condenses in the atmosphere.

Although cheaper, plastic guttering is much weaker and can decay under intense sunlight, reducing its lifespan. In addition, aluminium can withstand falling branches or hail better than plastic.

  1. It’s easy to install

Aluminium is an extremely lightweight material and can be installed by any experienced DIYer – it’s 65% lighter than steel or cast iron guttering and has a high strength to weight ratio.

This is advantageous where access is restricted (e.g. on a building site) and for residential properties where a homeowner would like to install the guttering themselves. If you would like help with the installation process, get in touch with our experienced team who can advise you.

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Aluminium Guttering at a local railway station

3. Aluminium is recyclable

Let’s face it – climate change is posing a real threat to the population.

Many scientists estimate that without emission reductions, a 13.5 degree rise in temperature could be expected by 2070. Therefore, it has never been more important to take care of our eco systems and use eco conscious solutions where possible.

Aluminium gutters are fully recyclable without any loss of quality, and have a life expectancy of over 50 years. This life expectancy means that there is less environmental cost in the product lifecycle, from manufacturing to recycling .

4. A non-toxic choice

When aluminium decomposes, it produces no harmful by products – this lowers its carbon footprint. uPVC, on the other hand, gives off toxic fumes when it is manufactured, which is harmful to the environment.

In addition, aluminium does not react to, or alter, the acidity of water falling from the roof. The rainwater system works well with a standing seam metal roof, like GreenCoat PLX, one of the most eco friendly roofing materials on the market.

5. An aesthetic choice

Metal guttering is a great choice because it can suit both traditional and contemporary properties. Our Victorian and Moulded Ogee Aluminium ranges are fantastic for use on heritage properties, and are available in a number of different colours to suit the roof and walls. The textured black aluminium range is available next day.

Additionally, our more contemporary ‘SnapIt’ range comes in a variety of RAL finishes, with matt black being one of the most popular and available for next working day delivery (please order by 11am).

One significant benefit of aluminium gutters is the longevity. Aluminium will not decay in the sun, and is extremely eco-friendly.

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Overall, aluminium gutters are a fantastic choice for any homeowner, architect or developer. Their longevity, eco friendliness, durability and beautiful aesthetic appeal make them an extremely popular choice within the construction community.

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