If you own or manage a commercial building or property, sooner or later you’re going to have to deal with your building’s gutters. Just like on a residential home, gutters get clogged by debris, and damaged over time by wind, rain, snow, ice, and all the other slings and arrows Mother Nature throws at them. But do commercial gutters differ in any way from their residential counterparts?
Fundamentally, residential and commercial gutters serve the same function: carrying water from the roof of a building to a downspout and drain. And, like most residential gutters, commercial gutters are typically made out of aluminum. Basically, when it comes to the difference between residential and commercial gutter systems, it’s a matter of degree more so than one of kind.
The typical width of a residential gutter system is about 5”, whereas commercial gutter systems are usually no smaller than 6” wide. This is because commercial buildings are usually much larger than a residential home – this means more roof space, and ultimately more of a water load.
Another difference is that commercial gutters typically demand fewer bells and whistles than residential gutters. Residential gutters can be used to increase a home’s attractiveness and curb appeal almost as effectively as they can to keep water away from the foundation, but commercial gutters are rarely anything more than simply utilitarian. So while it might not be odd to see rounded copper gutters on an old turn-of-the-century home, don’t expect to see anything much fancier than simple box gutters on a warehouse or office building. Commercial buildings also tend to have fewer trees in their immediate vicinity, reducing the need for gutter guards or other add-ons.
Finally, one difference that’s worth considering isn’t between different gutter systems, but local zoning laws and building codes. While obviously these differences will vary depending on where you are, but for the most part residential and commercial structures are regulated by a different set of standards and laws. What works perfectly well on a residential home might be illegal on a strip mall.
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