. If you believe the time has come to replace your guttering, then cast iron effect may be a good option to consider.
Cast Iron effect guttering has all of the aesthetically pleasing aspects of cast iron, but without the hefty price tag. It is also made from hard wearing uPVC, although this still won’t last as long.
Before you replace guttering of any type, you should first check whether or not a full replacement is really necessary. You may simply be overflowing because it needs a thorough clean out, and this in itself may be enough to resolve any problems you have with it.
It may be the case that you only need to replace sections, and you can purchase a compatible real cast iron guttering. Your specialist buildings supplier will be able to assist you with this, and advise you of any adaptors you will need to purchase.
If you have decided that removal of your guttering is necessary, then you should organise yourself properly before attempting this.
For example, you should purchase or hire any tools you will need to remove the guttering, such as a hacksaw and drill. Wearing safety equipment such as goggles and gloves is strongly recommended.
You will also need the assistance of another person to help you with this, and it can be dangerous to attempt this job yourself.
Once you have removed you should also check to see if the soffit boards and fascia boards also need replacing.
Now you are ready to install.
You should ensure you have done the following preparation before attempting to install the new guttering:
Firstly, measure up exactly how much guttering you will need. This is easily done if you are only replacing sections – simply measure the gaps between the existing guttering. If you are installing a whole new system, then an alternate way is to measure the walls around the house where it is all to be fitted.
Secondly, ensure you have enough brackets, as the guttering will require these brackets every metre or so in order to give adequate support.
If you have prepared everything in advance, then the process of replacing your cast iron guttering with cast iron effect guttering should run smoothly.