We all know that gutters are vital for the protection of our homes. Gutters have one major role, and that is to divert water away from your property and onto the most appropriate area outside your house so that it can drain away safely. Without a well-maintained and effective guttering system, your home can face all sorts of major, long-term, costly, issues.
While many homeowners may not be familiar with all the names and terminology of each part of a roof, most know what gutters are. Essentially, a gutter is a type of shallow trough which runs all the way around your roof, just below the edge. When it rains, your guttering will channel the rainwater away so that it is taken somewhere the water can’t cause damage.
But, why do you need a gutter? What is wrong with the rainwater simply falling from your roof and onto the ground? Here are the main reasons you need a gutter on your home, and why you need to ensure it is properly maintained.
For all these reasons, it is vital to ensure that your gutters are properly maintained, including ensuring they are free from leaves and debris. However, even if you do your best to ensure that your gutters are clean and clear, you can find that your gutters are still causing you problems as a result of damage or general wear and tear.
So, if you do think you may have an issue with your guttering, what are the signs to look out for?
Expert gutter fitters will be able to help you determine what is causing any problems and whether you need to consider repairs or a gutter replacement to ensure your home is protected from the elements.
There are many reasons why your gutters may have become damaged and may no longer be performing their job as they should. It could simply be that your guttering is showing its age and suffering from general wear and tear. It could be that there were installation issues, or the materials used do not suit the structure of your home. Or, your gutters may have suffered specific damage.
Your guttering system could have become damaged because of extreme weather such as heavy snow, high winds or a storm. Whatever the reason your gutters have been damaged, it’s important to ensure that repair or replacement is carried out as soon as possible to protect the rest of your home.
Your choice of guttering can impact not only the look of your home but can also have a huge impact on whether your property is protected and watertight. So, is there one type of material to choose which is better than another? Gutters can come in all different types of materials and there are pros and cons to each.
Some of the most popular materials are aluminium, copper, steel, and even wood if a very rustic look is desired. However, many householders are now choosing uPVC as their gutter material of choice, and for good reason. Here are some of the reasons you will wish to consider a uPVC gutter:
Whatever the reason you are looking at guttering options in Northern Ireland, and whatever your style preferences, it’s important to ensure that your gutter fitters are able to provide you with a guttering system which is correctly fitted and which keeps the rest of your home safe from water damage.
Feel free to contact us to chat with one of our experts about whether uPVC guttering could be the right option for you, or to discuss the repair or replacement of your guttering or fascia board. Call today or contact us online.
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