Tameside Trade Plastics stock a comprehensive range of gutters, rainwater and roofline plastics,
There are various types of gutters available in the market all with different materials and benefits. When choosing what type of gutter you want, consider material initially. PVC rain gutter is more cost-effective when compared to metal and is easier to install than metal. Secondly, choose the profile you want as each will offer a slightly different aesthetic depending on the look you want and the style of the property.
We stock a massive range of quality plastic guttering, available for next day delivery. Colours range from cast iron effect, to classic white to caramel.
Downspouts, End Caps, Drop outlets, Downspot Elbows, Brackets, Ledge jumper, Box Downpipe Downspout Couple, Inside Corners or Outside Corners, Splash Block we have them all at Tameside Trade Plastics.
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Downspouts are the drainpipes in the gutter system that directs the rainwater away from the roof. Most people direct the water to water the lawn and flower beds. Downspouts are usually round or rectangular in shape. Downspout sizes are usually 2 x 3 inches and 3 x 4 inches in size or 3 or 4 inches in diameter.
Corner Joints & End Caps
The corner joints and end caps are essential parts of the gutter system. When not properly installed and sealed, there can be a lot of leaking. When you are installing these yourself you need to make sure you are using the right materials.
Don’t skimp on the hanging brackets because they are just as important as the other parts of the system. When there are not enough of them or they are not strong enough you can have a lot of sagging in the gutters.
Other things you should take into consideration when choosing your gutter system, is the amount of rainfall you get in your area and whether you have a lot of trees around the building because that means a lot of leaves that can clog the gutters up.
Most downspouts empty on to a splash block that directs water away from your foundation.
Keep your house dry: Tameside Trade plastic gutter systems are well constructed, professional solutions to drain your roof – high quality, inexpensive, easy to fit. Our gutters offer walls and foundations secure and reliable protection against rainwater.
How to measure gutters and guttering
There are steps involved in measuring guttering properly
Gutters are usually purchased in standard 13cm or 15cm sizes, and are either ‘half-round’ or ‘K-style.’ Using a sturdy and secure ladder, climb up to measure the width of the gutter opening. You’ll notice that half-round gutters have a round underside, with a lip on the outside edge. K-style gutters are L-shaped at the rear, with step-style increments at the front.
- To measure the length of the gutter run, take the measurement from one side of the run to the other. You will probably need to make a removable mark of some kind on the guttering as you will not be able to measure in one go. This will allow you to move the ladder and complete the measurements at the other end. In most cases, downpipes and gutters can be purchased at lengths of 3m.
- The downpipe is the next part to be measured. Measure from the upper to lower end of the downpipe and add approximately 1.2m to each one. This will take into account the angled extension positioned at the bottom.
- All corners and end caps should also be counted. Make note of whether the end caps are left or right ends. There should be three elbow pieces on each downspout, which should also be noted.
How to install gutters
Installing guttering onto the outside of a customers property is a relatively straightforward job. uPVC guttering is by far the most popular materials used due to the many benefits they provide, including cost efficiency and longevity. As with any building job, safety is of the utmost importance, no matter how experienced you may be. Always put your safety ahead of cutting corners to finish a job quickly. Below we go into more detail about how to install guttering on properties domestic and commercial.
Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Guttering
- Avoid Choosing the Wrong Size Gutter. Because your gutters need to be large enough to drain away all the rain from your home, finding the right size is crucial. If you go too small, the gutters will only get overloaded in heavy downfalls leading to a lot of water damage to your home. The wrong size can also lead to gutter damage and structural damage to your home. For the most accurate size, you need to take into consideration, the size of your roof and pitch as well as how much rainfall you tend to get in your area.
- Avoid Hanging the Gutter Hangers Too Far Apart. The gutter hangers are the way you mount the gutter system to your home so they need to be spaced properly. If you leave too much space between the hangers, the rain gutters will actually sag causing the water to pool instead of flowing through. If this keeps happening and you have a lot of water pooling in different sections of the gutter system, the extra pressure is going to make the system separate from your home. The rule of thumb is to place the gutter hangers about every three feet or so, unless where you live there is a lot of snow and ice, then every 2 feet is better. Remember that while you think you might be saving yourself time and money to use fewer hangers, in the long run all the damage that will happen as a result will end up costing you a lot more.
- Don’t Ignore the Angle/Pitch of the Rain Gutters . And you thought you would never need geometry again. The angle at which your rain gutters are hung is an important detail when it comes to a successful installation. Both too much of an angle and not enough of an angle can affect the speed at which the water flows through the system. In this case, moderation is best. Experts recommend that you allow for a ¼ inch slope towards the downspouts for every 10 feet of gutter. The most important thing to remember is that the gutters should never be level.
- Where You Place the Gutter System Matters Too. You know the gutters go on the roof, but do you know exactly where? It is not enough to just hang them on the edge of the roof. Technically they need to be a few inches lower than your roofline to prevent water from damaging the fascia boards and siding.
- Don’t Forget the Downspouts. How you place the downspouts and how many of them you install is also important. Not having enough downspouts will lead to standing water and overloading of the system during heavy rains. And when they are not placed properly you open yourself to erosion around the area, structural damage and even insect infestation, all of which can end up being pricey to fix.
- Don’t Ignore Safety Protocols. Not everyone should be climbing on the roof to install gutters. If you have any health issues or are afraid of heights or not in good shape, you should not sign up for this demanding home project. If you decide to do the installation yourself, then make sure you have someone working with you who can watch you as you climb and make sure that the ladder stays steady and secure. Also don’t lean too far out while on the ladder either.