Leaking gutters are not just an irritation, the problems caused by water ingress, which might not be easily noticed can lead to costly building repairs.

County Gutters offers a full survey, giving advice on the best system which would suit each individual property. We can work out what size gutter and downpipes are required for the roof area and location of your premises. Due to the high cost of scaffolding, County Gutters offers a full of range of access equipment, thus helping to keep customers within their budget when replacing their guttering.

 

Plastic Guttering

Plastic guttering is normally sold in 3 metre lengths, to achieve the required lengths it is connected with plastic slip couplings and corners with rubber liners, this means dozens of seams around the perimeter of the average home, all of them are a weak spot and a potential leak site.

The guttering is fixed to the fascia with plastic brackets, due to the constant expansion and contraction of the plastic lengths, it will eventually fail resulting in leaking and some cases gutters falling down. A seamless aluminium gutter is a cost effective maintenance free solution.

 

Cast Iron Guttering

Cast iron guttering was one of the original methods of guttering fitted to most houses over 60 years old. Although very efficient in its era, time takes its toll on everything. It was usually manufactured in 6 foot lengths with separate corners and outlets.

It was bolted together on each join with putty used as a sealant, over a period of time this putty hardens and fails, and the cast iron starts to corrode causing leaks. Although still popular, County Gutters can and do restore it on special buildings, this guttering method is very heavy which can cause problems and requires regular painting and maintenance. An aluminium cast collar gutter is a lightweight substitute barely recognisable from the original with minimum maintenance needed.

 

Finlock Guttering

Finlock guttering was very popular in the 1950s. They are pre cast concrete lengths which are lined with bitumen, they are supported on the external walls of the property. When the bitumen fails these tend to leak down the joints and in to the cavity of the property causing damp inside. Some cases have caused major problems where the movement of the building have caused the joints to pull apart. These gutters can either be cut off or relined; in both cases an aluminium solution is available.

 

Wooden Guttering

This was one of the very first forms of guttering in England, it dates back to the 18th century, it was constructed by shaping timber in a V form , it was held to the building by wooden pins or wrought iron brackets. The down pipes were called down spouts and were also made of timber.

Some properties today still have forms of wooden guttering, if Heritage insists they can not be removed, renovation and lining is the only option, if they do not have to be lined with lead, then aluminium is the ideal substitute. If they can be removed then one of a many range of profiles County Gutters offer can be used.