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    • chico
    • By chico 11th Jan 18, 9:47 PM
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    Is White Guttering Better Than Black?
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:47 PM
    Is White Guttering Better Than Black? 11th Jan 18 at 9:47 PM
    I asked a local installer for a quote to replace the fascias, soffits and guttering on my house, and said I preferred black guttering, because white gets dirtier and discolours.

    However, the installer recommended white, saying that black absorbs heat and so the guttering is more prone to problems caused by the extra expansion and contraction.

    I thought that guttering is fitted loose on top of the supporting clips, specifically to allow for expansion and contraction, and so wonder whether the installer is correct in saying that the white colour makes a significant difference over black.

    Can someone who knows about guttering please advise?
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    • Antispam
    • By Antispam 11th Jan 18, 9:52 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:52 PM
    Black also looses its colour and goes dark grey. My neighbours have black and makes a noise on a very hot day dont get that problem with my old cast iron guttering granted needs maintenance every 5-6 years
    • Furts
    • By Furts 11th Jan 18, 9:56 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:56 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:56 PM
    Plastic guttering is dirt cheap, and frequently fitted to poor standards. It is a perfect example of de- skilling in the construction industry - yet the end result is often not good. The safer option is to go for white because it will not expand and contract to the extent that black does. In turn this means less wear on seals. All round less long term risks of leaks.

    But if your installer is meticulous black should be fine. Expect fading from UV light - which really should be another reason to avoid it!
    • beaker141
    • By beaker141 12th Jan 18, 9:10 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 9:10 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 9:10 AM
    Id rather have Black I think - and accept any fading as being better than dirty white - which generally looks dirty and eventually ingrained dirty.
    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 12th Jan 18, 9:44 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 9:44 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 9:44 AM
    No problem with either colour, the stuff we use ...
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    is manufactured to BS British Standards
    and carries a 20 Year Performance and 10 year Colour Guarantee

    We do find however that sq although it tends to look better is not as efficient at clearing away sludge as round profile. I suppose the flow is reduced because of the wide bed, so they do clog up slightly quicker.

    Poster above is right about shoddy work on gutters too, Most jobs we go to have 1 screw per clip - the worst one the gutter clips were held up with double sided sticky pads. Uphill pipe runs not uncommon either.
    • need an answer
    • By need an answer 12th Jan 18, 10:00 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 10:00 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 10:00 AM
    I've got black and it hasn't discoloured,it's also a lot cleaner looking than some of my neighbours white.
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    • Wassa123
    • By Wassa123 12th Jan 18, 10:20 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 10:20 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 10:20 AM
    I wouldn’t be too fussed. Whatever blends in more with the house and roof.

    If black guttering blends in with a dark roof go for that. Likewise white guttering blends in with a white conservatory.
    • googler
    • By googler 12th Jan 18, 11:06 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 11:06 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 11:06 AM
    Ours is brown, and all it takes is the first glimmer of sun for the creaking noises to start...
    • ic
    • By ic 12th Jan 18, 12:25 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 12:25 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 12:25 PM
    My black guttering was replaced 20 years ago, and is still black, not grey.
    * my posts are made in good faith and only represent my own opinion, experience or understanding of a situation.
    • J B
    • By J B 12th Jan 18, 1:08 PM
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    Ours is brown, and all it takes is the first glimmer of sun for the creaking noises to start...
    Originally posted by googler
    Same here and ours is seriously faded after ten years.
    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 12th Jan 18, 10:28 PM
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    Same here and ours is seriously faded after ten years.
    Originally posted by J B
    Yes the brown is horrendous for fading. Anyone who thinks it doesn't move a downpipe clip.
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