To a layman, a gutter is a gutter. By that, I mean what I understand by the word. For someone like me, a gutter is simply a means by which dirty water and other sanitary waste get an outlet from the house. However, a gutter is also the word used to describe the little shallow trough that is usually seen underneath a roof. To be honest I only notice its existence when I see rainwater coming down it on rainy days. That is exactly what it is for. In fact the word gutter is derived from a Latin word “Gutta” which means a drop.
Gutters are different for both residential and commercial establishments for obvious reasons. Therefore, their installation methods will also differ. Let us look at the major differences between the two types of gutters to get a better understanding of why their installation methods would also be different.
Commercial buildings have to comply with certain regulations as to where the gutters will be installed and how big they will be. The installation team will also have to check out where the water will drain out. Considering all this, the building should not cause any hygienic or cleanliness issues in the surrounding area. The legal requirement may also include the type of material that is to be used for the Gutter Installation in Melbourne.
POSITION OF GUTTERS
Residential gutters are usually at the edge of the roof. Local environment like trees etc need to be considered when installing gutters here. In commercial properties, gutters are usually on tall buildings with flat roofs and no issues like trees to take into consideration.
GUTTER STYLE AND SIZE
For obvious reasons commercial gutters are bigger compared to their residential counterparts as they have to have a capacity for water collection. In addition, they need to be installed in such a way that the water is diverted and drained away from the foundation of the property. Box gutters or K-Style is therefore ideal for commercial ventures.
Box gutters can be made to measure and custom specifications but they are usually made in 10ft lengths, which are joined together for installation purposes. This adds extra labour and material cost.
For longetivity, copper, aluminum and steel are the usual materials used, as they are cost effective too. They are ideal for residential properties although steel gutters rust over time. They can however withstand wear and tear on the long run. They are ideal in areas that are exposed to trees and other debris. Aluminum is the ideal choice for residents in open places. Copper is used, as it is easy on the eye. Sometimes vinyl is also used, as it is a good option for the budget conscious resident.
Aluminium and steel are the ideal choice for commercial buildings.
Commercial or residential, gutters are there for one function only and therefore the best and ideal materials should be used for both so that one can get a gutter that is budget friendly, fully functional and lasts for a maximum period.
Guttercraft have been in the gutter installation in Melbourne business for years and come highly recommended. They have installed gutters for all sorts of buildings and businesses. Contact them for an obligation free quote and relax while they do the rest.