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uPVC guttering – is it cheap and nasty?

uPVC guttering comes in a lot of distinct profiles; Half-round, square, deepflow and ogee will be the most used shapes, with each maker providing a special title for their profiles, including “deepcap”, “polyflow” and “regency” for instance. Deep-flow is a form which supplies an increased flow rate plus a larger carrying capacity, which makes it appropriate for bigger roofs and people with a steeper pitch. Ogee gutter is a more conventional shape, with cosmetic moulded lines to the very front part of the profile.

uPVC gutteringMany different colours are available to choose from, with black and white being the most common, followed closely by brown and then gray. Caramel, a toffee brown colour.

All the leading suppliers such as ones used by Nottingham Roof Repairs do supply this, but nonetheless, it always better to enquire – you must ask if the system is BBA approved or made for the applicable British Standard.

Although it might become a huge help if all producers profiles were interchangeable when it comes to fit and size, that is frequently not the situation. Whilst there’s been a level of standardisation amongst manufacturers lately, especially with the half-round method, it is usually recommended to check while purchasing replacement fittings – all manufacturers can supply this information and many print it on the site. All manufacturers do nevertheless supply adaptors to enable you to join their systems for their conventional cast-iron half-round and also to particular distinct profiles and ogee profiles.

A recent invention is the launch of “cast iron lookalike” uPVC gutter. This effect is reached by introducing another period to the production process, whereby fittings and conventional profiles are spray-painted, creating a stippled finish that mimics the look of conventional cast iron. The complete effect is powerful, especially if the gutter is seen from ground level, and also the system is improved by moulded fittings including hopper heads and “eared” conduit clips which strongly resemble the architectural composition of gutter fittings in the early 20th century.

Why not call us on 07535 399 655 or contact us for a no obligation, free quote on your uPVC guttering installation or replacement?