What are the different components of a gutter system?

What are the different components of a gutter system?

We understand that there are many different components available in our guttering ranges. Keep reading to get a clearer idea of the different components you need to consider, depending on your project’s specific requirements and design. 

Two main groups of products make up a guttering system: gutters and downpipe.


Gutters and their fittings are components that are installed horizontally on a building. Gutters are placed below the roof and collect the water run-off from the roof and any walls above the gutter. It should be noted that gutters need to be installed with an appropriate fall to ensure the water flows and drains at the correct speed. A fall of 1:350 (approx. 3mm per metre) is typical for many installations, but this could vary.

A number of fittings are also available to be clipped into place alongside gutters. Internal angles are used to fit a gutter around the corners of a building. Two lengths of gutter connect into the angle fitting and allow water to be collected around the whole of the building in one system. 

Internal angle     

Union brackets are similar to internal angles. You simply snap two lengths of gutter into the bracket, made even easier with Brett Martin’s straightforward CLIP & SEAL installation system. Fascia brackets are a little different – they are used to affix gutter components to the wall. The bracket includes two screw holes for attaching the bracket itself and then the piece of gutter snaps into the clips. 

Rise and fall brackets offer an alternative way of attaching the gutter to the side of buildings. These components consist of a drive-in spike, which is inserted directly into the wall of the building, and an adjustable height bracket. This product therefore offers greater flexibility than a fascia bracket. The component can be installed as required, provided the wall is suitable for the drive-in spike, and then adjusted accordingly to achieve the desired fall for the gutter. 

Internal and external stopends are, as just mentioned, used to turn lengths of gutter or other components into endpieces. An internal stopend is designed to be used with components that already have an internal seal pre-fitted, such as a running outlet. The internal stopend then slots into place inside the component and the pre-installed seal forms a water-tight connection. External stopends, however, have their own seal and fit externally over a component that does not have a pre-installed internal seal, such as a gutter.


A running outlet is used to direct the water flow from a gutter into a downpipe. It is possible to snap two lengths of gutter into the outlet component and then connect a length of the correct diameter downpipe. Alternatively, it is common to use an internal stopend in combination with this component to convert a running outlet into an endpiece.


To find out more about which downpipe components you should consider purchasing, have a read of this article.


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