Ogee guttering is a traditional styled guttering system that can boast high capacity performance to deal with above average rainfall in harsh environments. Where other gutter style systems like the box or ‘Half round’ would falter. Whilst still retaining a style that can not only stand out well compared to other styles of guttering available.
Despite being used a long time architecturally, it is still widely considered traditional and classical in style. It can, has and is still being used to this day for both modern houses and newly built structures as well as older, more traditional styled houses and buildings. Because of its shapely design which has withstood the test of time both aesthetically and in functionality for both domestic and commercial needs.
Why Choose Ogee Aluminium Guttering?
With the right use of colour to compliment the exterior of a building and with proper, regular maintenance, an Ogee style guttering system can both blend into a building design and stand out without any harsh clashes in style with almost any house or building. Regardless of the architectural design or structural age, the use of an Ogee style gutter system will make houses and buildings appear more seamless without any disruption.
As with all out extruded gutter systems, being more eye catching for that all important opinion based on first appearances, or for a long-lasting style option that has not, nor will not, go out of fashion despite all the years the style has been in usage and will continue to be used for all the years to come.
The Ogee gutter system has many advantages and disadvantages due to its unique shape. The key benefit is that with its unique profile, it can not only boast about its high performance and capacity when dealing with heavy rain in areas with above average rain fall. But its shape reinforces a higher durability from physical damage that can make gutter system longer lasting in more physically harsh or demanding environments.
Its design can make weaker gutter materials like PVC cope with barrages that would usually crack and or break usual PVC gutter system styles like box style or the ‘Half round’. Using a strong, durable material for a gutter system like aluminium or steel combined with an Ogee style will not only increase the longevity of the system itself. But its added resistance to physical damage due to its shape will also reduce the need of repairs or replacements on an already sturdy system for lower continued financial maintenance.
This is a perfect option for any environments that demands high performance with high capacity in heavy rainfall or above average rainfall environments whilst still coping with large amounts of physical impacts that an exposed gutter system will be expected to endure over long periods of time. The downside to an Ogee system is that it will require maintenance to perform constantly at its peak efficiency.
This been due to its unique shape which would mean objects like leaves, twigs and small fragments of stone or rock will cause a blockage within the system that could lead to water overflowing or lower performance overall. Also, due to its shape it is designed to deal with high amounts of rain that other gutter styles cannot cope with. This means that the joints need to be regularly checked as a small gap in the joint or seal will cause a large amount of water to leak from it, as well as general damage from wear and tear due to physical assaults to the lower sections of the gutter system.
Despite its strength and durability to external damage, like all other gutter styles used, it still requires maintenance internally. A lot more regular than other gutter system styles like the aluminium box gutter or ‘half circle’ style.
Ogee Guttering Sizes
The shape of an Ogee guttering system is its defining point which gives it its strength and style. Unique in design, whilst being reminiscent of a crown moulding style of gutter systems, it stands out compared to other gutter system more regularly used today like ‘Half round’ or box style. They come in two main sizes:
- 125mm x 90mm – 125mm being the catchment, 90mm being the back edge height.
- 150mm x 130mm – 150mm catchment, 120mm is the back edge of the height.
Using an aluminium Ogee style gutter system will be giving a different type of decorative finish that other styles of gutter systems lack. Traditional, it suits many buildings and houses that supporting an older architectural style when used in a dark colour to match a building’s or houses exterior appearance. By using a light colour, the classical Ogee style gutter system can be used to compliment a modern house or building that was recently built or a recently renovated structure.
Using the traditional fascia brackets that many gutter systems use, the Ogee style gutter system can be supported directly from beneath or can be supported with a top hung internal bracket. Opting to use an internal bracket will give the Ogee system a gutter system a seamless design that can be seen and often viewed from underneath.
An ideal design option for most 1 story high building or extensions like conservatories or bungalows. Regardless of which method is used, an Ogee style guttering system will require more fascia brackets, every 0.8 meters along compared to other styles like the ‘Half round’ style gutter system which would use fascia brackets to be used for every 1 meter of gutter in place.
Despite its unique decretive style, An Ogee styles guttering system is no harder to install than another style of guttering. The main issue that could arise is an issue that all gutter styles share, the materials used. If a light weight material is used lie aluminium or PVC, each segment of gutter is easy to handle if it is not a large section that would require aid to lift.
On the other hand, heavier gutter systems like steel or timber would require more assistance in installing and should be left to professionals with the correct tools and experience. Another thing to take into consideration is the size of each segments, while shorter segments may be easy to handle, large segments or seamless gutter systems will not only be difficult to handle with only 1 person, but would require assistance in lifting due to its more extrema weight, especially when heavier materials are used.
If heavy materials are sued, the structural integrity of the wall and roof must be considered as a heavy gutter system, regardless of how many segments or if is seamless, can put a great strain on a building stricture when fastened. Poor or weak roofing and or walls can cause sections of the guttering to become loose and may cause a health and safety issue.
Despite this, an Ogee system is a well-used system with many pieces that can be used to adapt a newly installed Ogee style gutters into a neighbours existing system despite the material used.
Ogee style gutters are used often because they will suit most buildings despite architectural age or style if the correct colour is use to match or compliment the exterior. If you are looking for a gutter that is not only efficient in the extremes of wet weather, but also has a stylish flare than a simple box or ‘Half round’ gutter system style, then an Ogee system is highly recommended.
Using the appropriate material is also important, a cast aluminium material will work extrema well with an old building or a white PVC with internal fascia brackets for a newly built house extension to give a seamless finish for an uninterrupted view from below. If a durable system is required to withstand physician impacts in a harsh environment, using a strong material like steel or aluminium with an Ogee style will ensure longer lasting gutters.
A downside to Ogee style gutters is that it does require maintenance to ensure that it is acting efficiently as it is supposed to, requiring regular checks internally to ensure any debris is removed to prevent blockage that would lead to overflows or lead to small stones and dirt forcing their way into the joints which would cause leakage and if left unchecked, damage to both the gutter system and the house exposed beneath the leak.
Because of this, an Ogee style system is not recommended or anyone who would prefer a guttering system that would be low maintenance and would require little interaction for continued peak performance.
Because if it’s curved design, the gutter system is easy clogged from stay debris like leaves and twigs which would lead to a clog that can make the system overflow or reduce its overall performance. Cleaning the system would also require more work because of its design, requiring the cleaner to clean each section more carful rather than a simple uniform wipe over. Due to its high capacity, joints and seals must be checked regularly.
Neglecting the joints will can cause leaks to begin, causing water damage to any parts of the exposed building if left to long. Checking for physical damage along the segments is also required as a small crack can grow when used in a harsh environment where more physical damage may be inflicted on the weaken po