Leeds Roof Fixers
The Main purpose of guttering is
to effectively take the rain water from the roof to a downpipe
which, in turn takes it down to ground level and then into the
drainage/sewer system. This system helps to stop the walls
of your house becoming saturated and causing problems with
There are several different types
of guttering, some old houses have cast iron gutters and
downpipes. They will last a long time if kept well
& painted regularly.
guttering materials are used in place of cast iron today. uPVC
gutters are made from unplasticized polyvinyl chloride and do
not require painting. Half round or square guttering and fittings
are available. Square gutters have a greater capacity for
carrying water than the half-round type.
Seamless guttering, is an
alternative to plastic which doesn't have
the problems or fading or leakage (if not fitted correctly).
Sheet aluminium is pressed, in the back of a van, on a pressing
machine which can simply churn out miles of the stuff depending on
the length needed.
Pressed steel gutters are lighter
and stronger than cast iron ones. They usually come galvanised or
primed ready for painting.
It is important to replace any
guttering with a type and size initially installed on the
house when it was built as it's size would have been calculated by
the Architect designing the house or building to cope with the
average rainfall for your particular area. Choosing a smaller
size could result in overflowing water and damage in times of heavy
It is also very
important that the installation of guttering on
homes with a low pitch roof is installed correctly. Due
to the capillary action of on the underside of the tile or slate
water will suck back up the underneath of the end roof tiles or
slates and run down the facsia board and behind the gutter
- causing damage over time.
Most domestic rainwater
installations use 100mm (4 inch) gutter widths and 62.5mm (2½ inch)
downpipes. There should be a slight slope on the guttering 1"- 2"
over 40ft leading to the downpipes. Or a fall of 1" to each
10ft length of guttering.
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