Whether you are building or renovating, at some stage you will need to consider your downpipes and spouting options. We’re lucky in New Zealand that we have many options when it comes to rainwater collection systems. With downpipe and guttering manufacturers all praising their own products, it makes finding a non-biased opinion about choosing the best type and material challenging.
That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on how to choose the right material and type of spouting and downpipes for your home.
Downpipes and guttering are the rainwater collection and management systems of your home. The guttering or spouting as it is also known, collect the rainwater which runs off your roof. They then move the rainwater to the downpipes. The downpipes, of which there are usually at least three per house, take this water into your ground drainage pipes or to your water collection tanks.
Downpipes are usually made in both rectangular and circle shapes. Older homes tend to choose circular downpipes, while modern or designer homes use rectangular shaped ones. Your choice of downpipe will affect the shape of your guttering or spouting.
When it comes to choosing the guttering for your home, both appearance and size need to be considered. A modern house will often suit a box shaped guttering system, with older homes looking better with curved spouting. Some of your options include:
If your home is in an area where there is high rainfall, you will need to install spouting which can transport large water volumes quickly. A K shaped or deep half round gutter will hold more water than box shaped guttering. Larger spouting will also need larger downpipes too.
In New Zealand, we have four main materials which our spouting and downpipes are made with:
Traditionally copper downpipes and spouting have been used on NZ homes. The durability and low maintenance of copper meant it was a popular choice with builders, especially those of State homes.
With the rising cost of copper, this is no longer an affordable option for many homeowners. Instead they are choosing to use either PVC or pre-painted metal spouting and guttering.
To make the best choice for your home, there are a few things you will need to consider regarding each type of material:
If you are in need of some new spouting, guttering and downpipes, head over and find yourself a tradie now. Simply fill in your details and wait for the quotes to come in. Easy as.