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How To Choose The Best Guttering
The guttering on your home is more important than you would think.
It needs to direct rain and water away from your home, avoiding issues with the building work. It also needs to fit in with the look and feel of the building, so you’ll need to choose carefully when you’re buying new gutters.
Here’s what you need to know when shopping around.
The building regulations for guttering
Simply speaking, your gutters need to redirect the rainwater down a downspout, where it can be collected in a water butt, or down a drain to be carried away.
If you’re making minor repairs to your home, you shouldn’t need any planning permission to do so.
If you’re building a new home, you’ll need to speak to your local authority, in case there’s anything you need to know.
Buy the right gutter to cope with the weather
The best gutter for your home will be one that’s strong and deep enough to cope with the rainfall in your area.
To work out what you’ll need, you’ll need to find out what the average rainfall in your area is. Use this to speak to a specialist, who can then advise you on what kind of gutter you will need.
Materials on offer
You have a few options when it comes to the materials of your gutters. Most builders tend to choose uPVC gutters, as they’re good value for money and are fairly robust. The other good thing about them is that you can have them made to it the style and age of your home.
Many people choose to buy gutters that are cut or engraved to look like metal or other materials. It’s very versatile, so it’s well worth looking into.
Another option is aluminium metal guttering. This is often used on more modern homes, and is considered to be rather stylish. However, they do need to be maintained regularly to avoid rusting.
If you don’t want to have to deal with that, you may want to avoid metal gutters.
Taking care of your gutters
Once the gutters are installed, you’ll have to take care of them to ensure that you’re getting the most out of them. To do this, all you have to do is get up to your gutters and visually inspect them.
You’ll probably have to clear out any debris, such as leaves, that may have settled in your gutters. You can buy guards that catch debris and make it easier for you to clean them out.
You’ll also need to check there are no cracks or holes. This is why buying good quality guttering is important, as it will last longer.
If you need good guttering, then come talk to us at Kents Building Plastics. We have a huge selection of gutters for you to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that you want. If you have any questions, fire away! We’re here to help you get the most from your home.