uPVC Guttering Belfast – Quality uPVC Guttering for Your Home

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.

What is a Roof Gutter and Why Do You Need One?

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.

  • Foundation problems: Pooling water around your foundations can cause issues with the very structure of your home.
  • Damage to your walls and paintwork: Water could be seeping down your exterior walls and causing damage.
  • Damp basement: If your home features a basement, you could find that water is getting in as a result of gutter issues.
  • Damage to your landscaping: Water run-off in the wrong places can damage your garden or driveway.

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.

How to Determine If You Need a Gutter Repair or Replacement

So, if you do think you may have an issue with your guttering, what are the signs to look out for?

  • Peeling paint: If water is running through cracks or holes in your gutter, it will cause damage to your exterior paintwork. You are likely to be able to see the water damage just by examining the exterior of your home.
  • Cracks and holes: You may be able to see obvious cracks and holes in your guttering, or they may be smaller holes that you can’t easily see.
  • Sagging gutter: If you look up at your gutter, you may see that it is sagging, or it is pulling away from the wall.
  • Pooling water: After it rains, you may see water pooling in unusual areas around your home.
  • Eroded landscaping: You may have worked carefully to create the garden or exterior you want. If you see there are spots of damage or erosion, that could be as a result of water running away where it shouldn’t. Having an effective, and properly maintained, gutter system will protect your driveway, pavements and patio areas.

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.

What Might Cause Damage to Your Gutters?

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.

What Should Your Guttering be Made of?  Is uPVC Guttering a Good Option?

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:

  • Lightweight: Clearly, PVC gutters weigh a lot less than their metal counterparts, for example. This can be beneficial for you, your home and gutter fitters. It will also put less strain on other parts of your home when compared with other options.
  • Durable: Because they are made from moulded plastic, uPVC guttering can be a very strong, durable option. They also don’t show up any scratches and marks in the same way as other types of gutters can.
  • Easy to maintain: Unlike many types of guttering, uPVC does not become easily discoloured over time and won’t require repainting. This makes it an easy-to-clean, easy-to-maintain option.
  • Cost-effective: uPVC tends to be cheaper than other options. Parts also tend to be readily available and easy to replace, making this a cost-effective material to choose.
  • Different style and colour options: Plastic or uPVC guttering can provide a convenient degree of flexibility. It is possible for them to be shaped and fitted in different ways to suit your property, and there are also many colour options to choose from. You could, for example, decide on white, brown, black or grey, depending on the style of your home and the look you would prefer.

Contact Our uPVC Guttering Installers

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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