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Design details: guttering

Rebecca Foster explains how the right rainwater goods can boost your home’s kerb appeal
Polypipe’s Elegance Colour range is available in 11 hues to allow a personalised look. The hand-applied colour coating is infused with anti-chip technology, and is available with a matt or cast iron-style finish

As well as playing a practical role in taking rainwater away from your home’s structural fabric, guttering can have big impact on the look of your property. An eaves system is the classic setup for most UK houses, where the collecting channels are positioned along the bottom edge of a pitched roof. Alternatively, hidden arrangements – often known as secret or box gutters – can help to achieve a sleek contemporary effect.

With an eaves setup, the conduits are surface-mounted to the fascia boards. Profiles range from the classic half-round shape (with deep flow options if you need extra watercarrying capacity) to more decorative ogee options, where the curved edge of the pipe forms an elongated S shape. Square versions can suit contemporary-style architecture.

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Build It magazine's new September 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Top tips to save you £10,000s on your home building project - How to get real value for money from your builder - Are SIPs sustainable? - Design ideas for a better, healthier home - Make your home water efficient - Choosing the right windows for a heritage property ... and more!