When looking at rainwater guttering, the most important thing to focus on is how practical a specific solution is going to be. Depending on where you are based, you may well need a system that is extremely broad to deal with a great deal more water, or even one that is simply extremely sturdy to ensure that high winds or falling branches do not leave you with tricky repairs and a great deal of excess water draining down towards your foundations. Those in a very green area may also simply need to take into account the numerous falling leaves that will be just waiting to clog up pipes, and purchase a solution accordingly.
However, once you know which type of drainage system is going to be right for you, it will be important to make sure that you find a solution in the right style. After all, those who need a very durable solution may well feel that cast iron is going to be the best bet since it will be extremely strong and resilient; yet on a new property, cast iron may look extremely out of place.
Likewise, choosing modern plastic guttering for a period home will leave your pipes looking very incongruous indeed. Therefore, whilst style might not be as important as practicality, it will certainly need a great deal of thought.
There are also other alternatives to the norm, and those who do not need cast iron may find that cast aluminium is the perfect solution for their period home and, as such, no matter what practical issues you need to take into account, there will be a style available to suit your home.