Guttering is an important part of any property, making sure that the property is working in good order. It can often be an oversight for a lot of people, but the money that you invest in guttering can save you in the long run, helping to avoid the costs of home repair that water damage can create.
What is it that gutters actually do?
The main purpose of gutters is to redirect rain that has fallen on top of the roof of a property. They normally consist of long but narrow tunes that funnel the water to a drain situated on the ground, ensuring that it’s redirected away from the home.
Making sure that the water is directed to a drain and not simply on the ground around a property makes sure that the area won’t become waterlogged, reducing the potential of leakage into the lower areas of a building. It also makes sure that the surrounding landscape isn’t damaged, which can normally cost a lot of money.
If you were to not have a gutter, the rain would simply run down the side of the roof, making a waterfall effect. This may not sound too bad, but depending on where you live, the rain can be filled with pollutants, possibly holding health detriments.
A property that has a fairly wide overhang may not suffer that much from the lack of a gutter, but when both exiting and entering the property, the chance of getting wet is guaranteed, especially if the rain is heavy.
Not only this, but water that runs down the side of a building can also damage the property, as it can cause leaks and can break down materials over time.
What material is guttering made from?
Here at Conwy Valley Windows, we specialise in top quality PVCu products. It’s a great material to work with, as it’s incredibly durable and will provide you with a lengthy lifespan. It’s a lot more hassle free when compared to wood, which will need maintenance on a regular basis.
PVCu is available in a wide variety of colours, ensuring that they will aesthetically match your home. We understand that a lot of people get worried that guttering will make their home look ugly, which is why we work hard to make sure you are completely satisfied with how it looks.
What are the positives of guttering?
Prevention of roof damage
If water ends up running down a property’s roof and it isn’t caught in a gutter, the water is likely to end up underneath the roof’s surface. Excess water is a huge danger, as it’s easily able to damage fascias and soffits, as well as running behind any exterior walls. One of the biggest problems of excess water is that it’s tough to see its effects until a lot of damage has occurred.
Water damage isn’t easy to fix. It will need both cosmetic and structural repair, and these can be expensive. That’s not even considering the lengthy time it takes to fix, which could have all been avoided through the use of a gutter.
Preventing moisture and mould
Moisture can be a huge problem for a property. The comfort of the people inside will be drastically reduced, and it can work to damage the interior. Structural surfaces can start to rot, causing a major health and safety danger. Certain pests are able to thrive in moist environments, meaning that you’d also have to deal with them.
Mould is something that needs to avoided as much as possible. It doesn’t matter if it’s located either outside or inside, it can cause a number of health benefits. In some of the worst cases, they can turn out to be fatal. Mould is able to grow in moist environments created by dysfunctional gutters.
How difficult is it to maintain guttering?
It doesn’t matter what type of guttering you actually have, it will need maintenance on a yearly basis. It isn’t a particularly hard job, but it’s important to do if you want to avoid major problems in the future.
Make sure to remove any debris from a gutter around the beginning of winter, consisting mostly of leaves that have fallen throughout autumn. Birds can drop bits of mud and nest, so that’s something to keep an eye out for. It’s important to get rid of this debris at the beginning of winter as this is when we get the most rainfall.
As previously stated, it’s fairly simple to maintain your guttering. You simply need a ladder and a bucket. With a pair of gloves on, pick up any debris and put it in the bucket so it can be properly disposed of. If you don’t like the idea of getting your hands dirty, or your guttering is hard to reach there are plenty of businesses that provide gutter cleaning services.
Downpipes can be cleared through the use of a drainage rod. You simply push through from above to clear any debris that is in the way. A lot of drainage rods are able to be bent at an angle, allowing you to clear any angles your downpipe has.
You may find that your gutters end up sagging, which is normally the result of overflowing water after a heavy rain downfall. The main thing to avoid this is checking for sagging, which more often than not ends up being the result of a blockage.
If you notice that your gutter is sagging in a certain location, it may be that the screws which hold the brackets in place have come loose. They can be easily tightened with a screwdriver, ensuring that there is no longer a space at any of the joins.
Conwy Valley and you
Here at Conwy Valley, our main goal is to make sure that you are provided with a service that goes above and beyond the call of duty. We have well over 100 years of combined experience in the industry, and we will always provide only the best in home improvements.
As you can see, guttering is an important part of any home. There’s so much to take into consideration, such as gutter guards and the specific style you want. The main focus is to avoid water damage, and thanks to our expert advice we can assist you through every step.