Seamless Aluminium Gutter versus conventional uPVC systems
Seamless aluminium gutter systems are extruded on location.
They are formed from large powder coated aluminium coils which are fed through machinery in the back of our vehicles.
This allows us to create vast lengths of gutter bespoke to the building.
Minimal joins drastically reduce the likely hood of leaks in the future.
So much so, that many property management companies now specify seamless gutters on buildings over 6m high, or where access is restricted.
The same cannot be said for PVC systems. Over time the 3m lengths can constrict and expand leading to joint failure and re-access costs.
The aluminium coils we use to create seamless aluminium gutters are powder coated on both sides.
This not only affords us the flexibility to offer it in nine different colours, but protects the aluminium from the elements too
Unlike coloured PVC rooflines, our aluminium gutter systems will never fade or require re-painting.
The material is manufacturer guaranteed for a minimum of 20 years and will look as good over this time as it did when it was installed.
Many PVC rooflines fade unevenly over a much shorter space of time, with parts needing to be replaced.
This leads to an unsightly mix of colours in the roofline.
Our manufacturers are always following trends and adding new colours to their products, allowing us to colour match to existing windows, doors or even render.
Large rainwater capacity
Our smallest 5"/130mm seamless gutter profile holds up to three times the volume of rainwater than conventional PVC gutter systems can.
Our weather is ever changing, with predictable seasonal rainfall becoming a thing of the past.
We can now experience heavy downpours that equate to a week or months' worth of rainfall in a few days or hours.
Increasingly we are removing and replacing brand new PVC gutter systems on new build homes or as a remedial action because they simply can't cope.
There are many factors that determine the gutter profile size which should be installed. All too often the cheapest PVC option is selected. Creating the need to buy twice.
For larger roof spans on domestic properties or commercial buildings we offer the larger 6"/160mm profile.
This also serves properties that have a larger overhang on the roof tiles, which can overshoot smaller gutter systems.
The aluminium used to create our seamless gutter systems carries a BBA certificate.
This document contains the results of various tests and concludes that the material is resistant to all normal atmospheric corrosive agencies-including marine and industrial. It will withstand considerable distortion of the metal without the coating losing adhesion.
Its fire rating: Non combustible to BS 476, part 4: 1970 (1984) Meting temperature is approximately 660 degrees C
The nature of seamless gutter means we can create vast lengths of perfectly extruded aluminium gutter.
This provides long gutter lengths with equal sight lines. There will be no dips or joins, as can often be found in PVC systems.
We secure the our rooflines flush to fascia using internal hangers and fixings. This means no unsightly brackets on the outside.
in addition, we hand mitre every corner and can place outlets for rainwater pipe in any position.
This allows us to create the best possible lines on the pipework too.
Unlike PVC systems there will be no need to replace broken or faded parts.
Joint failure is very rare, so the most you will ever need to do with a seamless gutter system is unblock it.
To minimise the need to scale a ladder (or pay someone else to) we also offer compatible continuous leaf guards for both gutter profiles.
The guards sit across the top of the internal hangers and are secured under the front lip-invisible from the ground, unlike those unsightly hedgehog style guards.
The aluminium we use to create seamless aluminium gutter systems is manufactured in a facility which uses hydro-generated power, resulting in next to no carbon emissions.
Aluminium is endlessly recyclable making it a highly sustainable building material.
85% of the aluminium we use has already been recycled.
The small amount of waste generated is placed back into recycling.
The same cannot be said for PVC gutter systems.
When faced with a choice between marine grade powder-coated aluminium gutters or standard PVC, aluminium should be the obvious choice.
Our seamless systems suffer none of the pitfalls of PVC.
They will not chip, crack, flake, split, expand or constrict like PVC.
They will not fade or discolour and are far less likely to suffer joint failure.
The aluminium has a life expectancy of in excess of thirty years in suburban areas and 20 + by the coast.
Our gutter systems are so durable that we can confidently guarantee every installation.
Seamless aluminium gutter systems are made to measure.
The corners are hand mitred, allowing us to install to awkward angles or to adapt it for those non-standard installations.
We can create angles to work with hexagonal and circular bays and have a variety of options to fix it to fascia or rafters.
Outlets are positioned where needed, not where a conventional section dictates, which allows us to achieve the best possible results.
Often, we will install a combination of both 5 & 6 inch gutter profiles to work with the size of the roof and our clients' requirements
Value for money
The main deciding factor with any type of product or service is generally the cost.
Seamless gutter systems are initially a little more costly than PVC but are a far superior and very different product.
The advice we give to anyone who is undecided on whether to opt for PVC or seamless aluminium is not only to consider our reasoning within this page, but to divide the quotes you have been provided by the length of the guarantee the installation comes with.
Opting for our seamless gutter system means you will only be replacing your roofline once. Furthermore, you will not be spending on repairs or re-access costs in a few years' time.
In summary our aluminium gutter systems not only a superior choice but better value for money in the long term.
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