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Guttering Profiles

Do you ever wonder if a different gutter profile would be better for your home? In Adelaide, there are a number of popular gutter profiles found in most suburbs. Style and capacity are the two key factors when deciding the right profile for your home.

 While there are a number of companies in Adelaide who manufacture gutters, the profiles are generally the same with different names. It is important to remember that while a gutter profile might look the same as an existing profile, the actual measurements may be slightly different which MAY create problems joining new profiles with existing. For more about the why we can not always fix gutters check out my post: Fixing Gutters

Please note 

  • Click on each gutter profile to view the spec sheet (this will show dimensions you can compare)

  • Gutter profiles mentioned in this post are manufactured by Revolution Roofing.

  • Capacity refers to the cross section area of the gutter profile.

  • For an overview of the most common profiles check out this brochure.

OG Gutter – The OG (old gothic) gutter profile is a traditional style for a modern home. Minimalistic disgn is achieved through it’s shallower profile. There are two common sizes for the OG gutter: the 115 mm and the 125 mm. As you would expect the  125 mm has greater capacity at 7420 mm2 while the 115 mm has a capacity of 6310 mm2.

Quad Gutter– The Quad gutter profile is the ideal profile for concealing the ends of sheeting for a neat finish. This profile is also suitable for contemporary and traditional architecture. It comes in two styles with different capacities. The 115 mm Quad is your standard quad and has the same capacity as the 115 mm OG profile (6310 mm2). The High Front Quad is great for finishing tiles roofs and traditional buildings and has a greater water capacity at 8322 mm2

 D Gutter – The ‘D’ Gutter profile is probably the most common of all gutter profiles in Adelaide. It typically comes in a 125 mm profile with a capacity of 8250 mm2

Smoothback – The Smoothback gutter profile is another traditional profile like the ‘D’ Gutter and is very popular in South Australia. The capacity of this profile is 8121 mm2

 Fascia Gutter – Fascia gutter is probably the most popular and traditional profile of all the profiles. It is suitable for all roof types and has a water capacity of 8024mm2

Half Round Gutter- As the name suggests, this gutter profile is simply half a circle. This profile is great for residential and commercial applications and comes in various diameters: ranging from 100mm to 500mm. The standard capacity is 8600mm.

Mosman Gutter – The Mosman Gutter profile is a contemporary sleek design which is designed to move a lot of water. This profile boasts a 22,729 mm2 water carrying capacity

These are the most common profiles. If you want to check out the profile in more detail do click on the ‘bolded’ profile name to go to the spec sheet. If you really have no idea about guttering and want some really basic terminologies to help plan your next project: Read Guttering BASICS 101

If you want more information from an industry expert, leave me your details and I will be able to assist you.

Aluminium or Polymesh – Which Is Better ?

Cleaning gutters is a necessary part of maintaining any home, unless of course you have Leafshield or gutter guard. While many gutter protection systems are not very effective, there are a number of solutions which, using the pitch of the roof fully cover the gutter ensuring the bulk of leaves, bark, gum nuts and other debris simply fall off the roof. While people are becoming aware of the benefits and value of installing these gutter protection systems, one of the most frequently asked questions is : which material do i think is better? aluminium mesh or polymesh?

Before continuing, i will stipulate that this question is in reference to the popular ‘expanded’ or ‘diamond’ style mesh (i do also assist clients with colorbond and stainless steel type mesh solutions). Expanded Aluminium and Polymesh few obvious similarities, so lets look at these first.

The similarities between the diamond/ expanded mesh in aluminium and poly include:

– 15 year product warranty (from a reputable supplier like Tapex)

– 2mm x 4mm hole

– great range of colours to suit most homes

– same installation technique

– will accommodate inspection points

While the main points are similar, there is one major difference between the two (2) meshes. Polymesh is more durable and able to handle impact, while the aluminium mesh is fire rated and is suitable (and legal) to use in bush fire zone rated installations. So basically, if you live in a bush fire zone, you MUST use the aluminium mesh.

The question between the two meshes (if not in bush fire zone) is the durability of the polymesh versus the potential for UV degradation. Aluminium mesh is likely to tear if accidentally stepped on or knocked during maintenance work or when getting on the roof, as well as impact from a hale storm or fallen tree branch. All of these situations i have personally witnessed and while often the damage caused can be spot fixed or claimed through insurance, if not recognised soon enough can lead to leaves entering the gutter and causing blockages.

In terms of durability, there is no doubt that the polymesh does degrade with UV exposure, however given the level of UV stability, this is a very slow process, I have removed polymesh from a roof which was in place for 20 years, and while the mesh was able to be torn, it may have provided service for a number of years longer. I have not as yet been convinced through real world examples to verify the superiority of the aluminium mesh for weathering as it has only been around in its modern form for roughly 23 years.

The other consideration is the final look of the installed mesh. This is often asked as the polymesh is a little chunkier than the aluminium mesh which is noticeably finer. In my experience the initial install is virtually indistinguishable between the two materials. The difference does become apparent down the track as the polymesh will tend to loose its initial form through expansion and contraction through out the seasons. While this can have a nominal effect on the long term look of the product, it is a point of consideration (particularly if the mesh will be noticeable from the ground)

The final consideration is price. Given that aluminium is a more expensive material than plastic, it is logical that the aluminium mesh is more expensive. The final price difference between the two meshes is generally only around 10%. This is because the fixings and installation process is identical so generally the final price difference is only around $300-$400 for an all gutters installation.

So in answer to the question which mesh is better – poly or aluminium? I will have to say it totally depends on the situation. Answering these questions may help determine which is better for you.

Will the installation be in a bush fire zone?

Are there many trees overhanging the house which may drop branches causing damage?

How often will someone get on the roof for maintenance?

Am i hoping the installed mesh will perform for more than 20 years?

How visible will the mesh be from the road or ground level?

The correct mesh for each application depends on individual circumstances and the personal preference of the home owner. If you struggle to make a definite choice for which mesh to choose after asking yourself these questions, it is probably worth saving yourself the extra few hundred dollars and using the polymesh.

Always Hire Guttering Professionals

Whether you have a new or old house, things can happen to harm your gutters. Whether a squirrel gets trapped in a downspout, or they strike off in bad weather, it is essential to have them in correct condition so that the rest of your house will be safe from the water in a thunderstorm. As you consider the company that you will choose for Gutters Solutions Adelaide, you will want to pick one that has a strong popularity and is also professional and cost-effective.

If a company has a strong popularity, then it will probably tell you that they are sincere and efficient as well. If people tell you that a company is great, then that likely means that the product and set up is also excellent.

In this article, we will summarize a few actions to help you choose the right Gutters Solutions Adelaide for you.

  • Step 1. Based upon on where your house situated, you may be required to take care of this task more often. If you happen to live in an area with a lot of plants, you should anticipate cleaning this region on consistently.

  • Step 2. Ask your others who live nearby and friends in the region for any suggestions. Word of mouth is a great approach to finding quality Gutters Solutions Adelaide, and this is certainly no exemption. Ask with regards to costs, top quality, and reliability. You might also collect applicants online or through your local phone book.

  • Step 3. Once you have a record of applicants, call a few and have them out to the property to offer you with a quotation for their services. Consult as to any variations between one time services and frequent trips. Many companies who are looking for the new company will gladly offer free reports. Be sure never to pay for someone to tell you how much they cost.

  • Step 4. For most average-size houses, you should anticipate a payment of around $75, $100 for larger houses. Try to settle with them to try to get an excellent possible cost. Discussions never harm anyone, and can only benefit you.

  • Step 5. Examine to see whether the company is insured and certified. Companies who have these qualifications generally offer quality work. In addition, you won’t be attributed in case accidents happen to the employees.

  • Step 6. Ask for a record of sources and try them out. Ensure that each client has been enthusiastic about the results and would be relaxed suggesting the company to others.

  • Step 7. Based on your overall opinions, collect all of your information and comprise your mind. Take cost into account, but do not base your final choice entirely on this part alone. Go to the Gutters Solutions Adelaide you feel will do the best benefit the money offered.

  • Step 8. In cases where a binding agreement is created in regards to regular service, be sure to sign a contract.


You could easily contact the Gutters Solutions Adelaide because there are a lot of companies that have created gutter cleaning their main business.