Monthly Archives: May 2019

Gutters – Your First Line of Defence

New & Replacement Gutters, Soffits, Fascias & Downpipes, Weatherboard, Cladding, Roofline Eurocell, UPVC & Colour-Matching, Essex

The rain might be good for the garden, but it’s not great for our properties, and can cause lots of issues. The first line of defence is the roof and of course the gutters, which play an important role in protecting your home. Gutters catch rainfall and channel it away from the building via a downpipe before it causes havoc. Water ingress can cause the dreaded damp and mould with their tell tale musty smells and discolouration. Damp problems can prove expensive, as interior décor, carpets, clothes etc have to be replaced.

It isn’t only the inside of your property that can suffer water damage, the actual bricks and mortar will also be negatively affected. Any paintwork is also likely to be impacted by constant contact with water.

Solid, high quality guttering systems are the answer, ensuring your home is dry and comfortable. Once new guttering is installed it needs very little attention, apart from a regular clean to remove any debris. Gutters can be blocked by leaves, weeds, moss and anything else blown up into them. Ideally they should be cleared twice a year, before winter to clear the autumn leaves, and again in spring ready for the April showers.

Gutters come in a choice of materials including cast iron and aluminium, but the popular choice by far is high quality UPVC. These are extremely functional, will last a long time and do not need painting. Plastic gutters, fascias and soffits are not subject to erosion or rust, and can be found on most new build homes these days. Made from un-plasticised polyvinyl chloride, they generally come in white, grey or black. They are easier to install and also extremely cost effective, which is always an attractive feature.

If you are able, you can clear the gutters yourself using a ladder, trowel and bucket, otherwise there are plenty of companies who offer this service. Sometimes it’s best to get the professionals in as problems may arise like blocked downpipes. More serious issues could require a new guttering system for peace of mind in Chelmsford, Bishop’s Stortford and Harlow.

Guttering Repairs, Loft Ventilation, Effective Against Damp & Rot, High Quality, Low Maintenance for Domestic & Commercial