A1MAZING Roofing Services Ltd supplies and fixes rainwater guttering to all roofing structures. The main purpose of guttering is to protect a building’s foundation by collecting channeling and diverting rainwater away from its base. They also help to reduce erosion, prevent leaks and damage to the buildings structure in basements and protect painted surfaces by reducing exposure to water.
Gutters, downpipes and hopperheads etc can be constructed from a variety of materials, including uPVC, cast iron, lead, zinc,, galvanised steel, painted steel, copper and painted aluminium. Water collected by the gutter is fed via a downpipe from the roof edge to the base of the building where it is discharged into a drain. It is important that the gutters are cleaned regularly by a competent and experienced roofing contractor (see under A1MAZING Roofing Services Ltd’s maintenance Section) Bi-annually is preferred.
Spring and Autumn ideally. However if your house is located directly under trees more frequent cleaning may be required. It is advisable to minimally have the gutters cleaned before winter. If debris and water get trapped in the gutter it can freeze in the colder weather and form blocks of ice. This will put a strain on the gutter, the gutter brackets and also the gutter mounting. The trapped water can be particularly corrosive and cause damage or rusting to the gutters.
Aluminium gutters, copper gutters and steel gutters can be badly damaged by the trapped water. If the gutters are not maintained adequately and water is unable to drain away from the house damage can result. Often the first inclination a home owner has when their gutters need cleaning is the damp coming through a wall due to a faulty gutter. Regular cleaning of the gutters can prevent problems such as this before they arise.