A useful guide to gutters and downspouts

A useful guide to gutters and downspouts

Nearly all landlords or property management companies understand the importance of having gutters and downspouts protecting their properties from potential water damage.

If your property is without them, rainwater can easily build up on the roof of your property or around the foundations. This can bring about severe damage to your property as water can get into the roofing materials, concrete and the drywalls. Damage to these areas of your property can cost owners thousands of pounds if the correct preventative measures are not put in place. Having the correct guttering system is generally a solid investment especially in England and Wales. Due to the array of styles and materials which are available for gutters and downspouts, making an informed decision for which is best for your property is not an easy task.

Aspects to consider:

Work they require for upkeep Work they require for upkeep

Work they require for upkeep

Cost of installation Cost of installation

Cost of installation

Cost of maintenance for time spent in property Cost of maintenance for time spent in property

Cost of maintenance for time spent in property

Choosing the right material

When choosing the correct material you may think that vinyl gutters are the most affordable but there are disadvantages to consider before having them installed. Due to their weaker construction, they generally aren’t durable under heavy loads. If they are exposed to heat and cold for a prolonged period they tend to become brittle and the likelihood of a break increases which means they need to be replaced, something that landlords and property managers will need to consider.

At the other end of the spectrum, it’s easy to be attracted to copper gutters due to their construction making them rust-free, their attractive look and excellent durability are also aspects which make them seem the perfect fit for a home. However, the professional installation process which it takes to install them combined with the cost of the materials means that in most cases copper isn’t a financially viable option.

Taking time to make the correct decision for what’s right for your property or development is a decision which shouldn’t be rushed. Having a clear understanding of all the options available, coupled with the strengths and weaknesses of each will allow you to select the correct gutter or downspouts for you.

If you live in a property managed by Mainstay and want to discuss the best option for you, simply contact your Property Manager.

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