The term "ogee" refers to a style of gutter, sometimes called "k-style," and is considered by architects and contractors to be the industry standard. The profile of an ogee seamless rain gutter consists of a flat bottom, a flat back and a decorative front that tapers out to be larger on the top. The flat back of the ogee design allows the rain gutter to attach flush against the fascia board, identified as the flat band that caps the edge of a roof. Ogee gutters are commercially available in various colours, materials, lengths and thicknesses.
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Galvanised and stainless steel gutters tend to be the most economical not only because they are inexpensive, ranging in price from £2 to £5 per linear foot, but also because of their durability against weather and outside objects. While galvanised steel may begin to rust over time, stainless steel offers the combination of both strength and rust resistance, meaning that this type of ogee gutter can last for years.
Vinyl is the material most often used in DIY projects because of the ease of instillation the material provides. If properly installed, this product will outperform most other types of ogee seamless rain gutters. Because they do not rust or rot, on top of their inexpensive cost at £1.90 to £3 per 10 feet, they are the most cost-effective type of ogee available. The downside of vinyl is that it can become brittle with age or in extreme cold.
Copper is strong and rustproof but is the most expensive gutter material, costing £4 to £7 per linear foot. It is widely used in period restoration projects as it will obtain a greenish patina as it ages. The copper can be treated if the patina look is not desired. Because copper ogee gutters can be tricky to install, it is best to give the work to a skilled builder, which will ensure the material is treated as it should be and it is installed correctly.
Aluminium is an ideal metal choice for the majority of residential gutters because it will not rust and has a longer shelf life than the traditional steel gutters. However, unlike steel gutters, aluminium is manufactured thinner, making it weak against strong outside forces that may deform the material. Aluminium ogee seamless gutters cost between £1.90 and £3 per linear foot.
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