There are various types of gutters you can have installed on your property, whether it’s for commercial or residential purposes. Each comes with its own benefits and disadvantages, and some are better suited to certain properties. In this article we will be comparing box gutters to round gutters, discovering which one is superior to the other. 


Box gutters are rectangular rain gutters, with the purpose of draining water away to the external parts of a building and into the drainage system. Also known as a parallel gutter or a trough gutter, these systems are built to prevent water from entering the structure of your property. 

Box gutters are easily concealed given their shape and don’t stick out on the sides of houses. They can be built into the architecture of a building and because of this are a popular choice when renovating historic properties. Made from wood, they were easily accessible in the 19th to 20th centuries and are a common feature on old houses. They have a unique design, with each box gutter individually built for your project. You can have a guttering system perfectly tailored to the layout of your property, hidden away to avoid eyesores. 


Round gutters, or half-round gutters, are semicircular in shape and serve as rainwater disposal systems, preventing water damage to a building’s infrastructure. The more modern and popular choice, round or half-round gutters can be found on many UK homes and businesses. 

These are heavier than the standard gutter and often require professional installation due to the special brackets needed to hang them. Round guttering is ideal for properties that don’t have a large and steep roof, otherwise deep flow gutters are recommended due to their higher capacity. They will generally be made from vinyl, aluminium, copper, steel as well as various other materials. Historically, round or half-round gutters would’ve been manufactured from wood, and these features may still be found on old buildings. Today, they are no longer made from this material. 


Both gutters offer different advantages, but might not be ideal for your property. 

Round or half-round gutters have a high capacity and can catch a significant amount of rainfall. They excel in keeping water out of a building’s infrastructure. Due to the smooth inside of a round gutter, they are very durable and don’t have creases for the water to collect in. This stops them from corroding fast over time, increasing their lifespan and their value. 

However, they can be more expensive than your standard gutter and often require additional accessories for installation. The cost of the product and installation may be more than you’re willing to pay for a guttering system. 

Box gutters are perfect for architectural purposes, whilst also efficiently serving their purpose as water disposal systems. They can be concealed easily during installation, and are often built into the design of the home so they won’t warp or bend as a new house is ‘settling in’. These gutters are durable and easy to repair, resulting in low maintenance if properly maintained. 

Despite that, box gutters are rather expensive given the craftsmanship needed for each design and the cost of installation. As they are made from wood, exposure to weather conditions can cause them to rot over time and they will need replacing if this occurs. 
In conclusion, the choice of gutters depends entirely on your building and its requirements. If you believe box gutters are ideal for your property, contact Silk Leadwork today for a quote or for more information on our box gutters service.

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