Safeguarding your business premises from water damage will give you peace of mind and ensure that your property and its contents are safe and won’t get damaged in harsh weather conditions.
A high-quality guttering system will ensure efficient draining, so even in heavy rain or other severe weather, you’ll be assured that your business is protected. Commercial guttering should be robust, long-lasting, and provide effective water drainage, directing water away from the building. This will ensure that there is no standing water that could pool and damage the building’s structural integrity.
Commercial Vs. Residential Rain Gutters – What’s the Difference?
A Commercial gutter system differs from those used on residential buildings as it is crafted and installed in accordance with the building regulations for business premises. This means the styles, sizes, and durability requirements will match the specifications for the particular building, depending on the building itself, as well as what the premises is used for and what it contains.
There are many different types of gutter systems to choose from. Popular K-style gutters can be found on many residential buildings, where U-shaped gutters are widely used in copper guttering. The K-style is also used for commercial applications as it is efficient in diverting rainwater and provides a pleasing aesthetic.
However, box gutters are the most common type selected for commercial guttering systems as they allow maximum water volume to flow through. This means that more substantial buildings where more rainwater might gather will be protected as the box style can deal with higher amounts of water with ease. While the downside to box guttering is that it is at higher risk of collecting debris and becoming blocked, if the commercial property is not in an area where trees hang overhead, this is unlikely to be a significant problem.
Box guttering is also a very flexible gutter type and can be manufactured in a wide variety of sizes to suit different property designs and requirements. If leaves or debris are likely to build up, gutter guards can be installed for additional protection.
Commercial Gutter Sizes
Commercial buildings vary significantly in size, and so the width of guttering required can also change accordingly. Typically, however, 5-inch or 6-inch widths are used, with 6-inch diameter being the choice for larger buildings where the bigger roof surface results in more rainwater runoff.
When purchasing commercial gutter supplies, business owners should also consider the downspout sizes. For 5-inch gutters, a 2- by 3-inch downspouts is usually the optimum choice, while 6-inch systems will require 3- by 4-inch downspouts.
Commercial Guttering Materials
Choosing the material for a commercial gutter system again depends on the building type. However, durability and longevity are important factors. Robust materials such as 24-gauge galvanized steel or heavy aluminum are excellent choices. However, ensuring that the building can support the weight of dense material such as steel is also essential; otherwise, the gutter may pull away from the side. Vinyl is not a common material for commercial buildings as is the cheaper and least resilient option and may not be permitted in accordance with building code requirements.
Copper guttering is another alternative that some business owners consider. While most commonly found on residential properties, copper gutters can prove popular if the business owner wants to create a distinct look. Copper gutters are stylish and striking, so they could be an added feature that attracts customers to the building.
At Rutland Gutters, we are pleased to supply top quality gutter systems and gutter supplies to both residential and commercial customers. Browse our range today, or contact our customer service team to discuss your requirements – we’d be more than happy to help.