The gutters and the gutters are two essential objects in a construction, since both make it possible to collect the rainwater which pours on the roof and to evacuate them towards conduits provided for this purpose. Nevertheless, these two elements that preserve the quality of the roof are very different, both in their form, their design, their characteristics and their price. Let’s take a look to see it more clearly.
Gutter and gutter: what are they?
Gutters and gutters are essential elements to evacuate rainwater from a home and to preserve the good health and condition of a roof. Before studying the differences between gutters and gutters, a small definition of each of these often confused objects is necessary.
The gutter owes its name to the fact that it is the object that allows water to flow in the form of drops. Indeed, it collects the rainwater that falls on the roof. This is a channel that takes the form of a half-cylinder and is suspended from the roof by hooks. Open on the top, it collects the rain which slides along the tiles or slates which constitute the roof.
There are two types of gutters:
- The hanging gutter : this is the most widespread form nowadays. Fixed by hooks under the slope of the roof, it is less expensive and allows large quantities of rainwater to be evacuated.
- The creeping gutter : this more discreet model is more aesthetic since the creeping gutter is fixed to the ends of the roof.
The gutter is another form of conduit that collects rainwater. If its use is identical, the gutter is a more traditional and old element, chosen for classic constructions because of its more aesthetic discretion. It is therefore an object above all reserved for monuments and private buildings, because it is less easy to install than the gutter, less easy to maintain and less simple to repair.
The gutter is thus mainly placed on old constructions, industrial buildings, collective buildings and on some contemporary houses with a 4-sided roof.
There are two types of gutters:
- The English gutter : it is placed on the contours of the roof, in a concrete or wooden box provided for this purpose.
- The gutter on slope or on two slopes : this model is reserved for constructions with complex architecture, because it is located between two roof slopes.
What are the differences between a gutter and a gutter?
Here are the differences between gutters and gutters:
- The location : the gutter is suspended by hooks at the end of the slope of the roof while the gutter is integrated directly into the roof by a masonry work which camouflages it.
- aesthetics : the gutter is clearly visible, while the gutter is hidden. It can only be seen by going to the roof. As a result, it is more discreet and more aesthetic.
- The upkeep : the gutter is held by simple hooks while the gutter is integrated into a concrete or wooden structure.
- Solidity : a gutter is fragile whereas the gutter can support a heavy load, in particular the weight of a person.
- The interview : it is easier to maintain and repair a gutter, much more accessible than the gutter, which requires access from the roof only.
- The price : the gutter costs much more than the gutter since its price varies between 30 and 100 euros per linear meter, against 10 to 50 euros per linear meter for the latter.