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uPVC Gutters: Your Questions Answered

The most common type of guttering used in Galway is uPVC guttering. The popularity of this gutter type is obvious.

uPVC is an incredibly robust material manufactured to withstand all weather conditions. Moreover, it is relatively cheap, malleable, and can last decades. As one of Galway's best roofing companies, KCL Roofing has installed various gutters in all types of properties. However, we concentrate on residential guttering in Galway. We have helped hundreds of homeowners get the very best guttering. Due to our high level of expertise, we often get questions on uPVC gutters. To make this information more accessible to our clients, we have gathered some of the more common questions and included them below. 

What is the lifespan of uPVC guttering?

uPVC guttering has a relatively long lifespan and can last for many years. The actual service life can vary depending on various factors, such as the materials' quality, the installation method, exposure to harsh weather conditions, and maintenance.

On average, uPVC guttering can last between 20 to 30 years. However, it can last longer with proper maintenance and regular cleaning. At KCL Roofing, we offer inexpensive gutter maintenance. uPVC is a durable and weather-resistant material that can withstand extreme temperatures, rain, snow, and UV exposure without deterioration.

It's important to note that the lifespan of your uPVC guttering can be affected by other factors, such as heavy rainfalls or storms that can cause damage to the guttering, clogging or blockages caused by leaves or debris, and exposure to chemicals or pollutants. Therefore, regular inspections and maintenance of your uPVC guttering can ensure they last longer and perform effectively.

How to clean white uPVC gutters?

Cleaning white UPVC gutters is relatively easy and can be done using common household cleaning materials. Here are the steps you can follow

Wear protective gear such as gloves, goggles, and a face mask to avoid injuries or breathing in harmful fumes.

Remove debris or leaves from the gutter using a handheld brush or a trowel.

Mix a solution of warm water and washing-up liquid or white vinegar in a bucket.

Dip a soft-bristled brush or a sponge into the solution and scrub the gutter gently, starting from one end and working towards the other.

Rinse the gutter with clean water using a garden hose or a bucket of water.

Rinse the gutter thoroughly with clean water to remove any remaining cleaning solution or bleach.

By following these simple steps, you can effectively clean your white uPVC gutters and keep them looking bright and shiny for a long time. However, we must stress that scheduling a cleaning with KCL Roofing is the best way to get a professional cleaning.

Are uPVC gutters better than aluminium gutters?

uPVC and aluminium gutters have unique advantages and disadvantages, and which one is better depends on various factors such as personal preference, budget, and location.

uPVC gutters are generally cheaper and easier to install compared to aluminium gutters. They are also low maintenance and do not require painting or repainting over time. uPVC is a durable and weather-resistant material that can withstand extreme temperatures, rain, snow, and UV exposure without deterioration. uPVC gutters also come in various colours, making them a popular choice for homeowners who want to match the guttering with the colour of their home's exterior.

On the other hand, aluminium gutters are more durable and can withstand heavy impacts and harsh weather conditions. They are less likely to crack or split compared to uPVC gutters. Aluminium gutters also have a longer lifespan than uPVC gutters and require less maintenance. Additionally, aluminium gutters are often more attractive and come in various styles and finishes, making them a popular choice for homeowners who want to enhance the appearance of their home's exterior.

Do uPVC gutters crack in cold weather?

uPVC gutters are designed to withstand extreme temperatures, including cold weather. The material is known for its excellent insulation properties and resistance to cracking, even in very low temperatures. UPVC gutters are often used in regions with harsh winter weather conditions where temperatures can drop below freezing.

However, it's important to note that extreme weather conditions can cause any guttering to crack or become damaged. For instance, if there is a sudden and significant change in temperature, such as a rapid freeze and thaw cycle, the expansion and contraction of the guttering could cause it to crack. Additionally, heavy ice or snow buildup on the gutters could cause them to become damaged or even collapse.

To prevent any potential damage, it's essential to ensure that your gutters are correctly installed, with sufficient support to withstand the weight of heavy snow and ice buildup. Regular maintenance and cleaning can also help ensure that your uPVC gutters remain in good condition and perform effectively, even in the harshest weather conditions.

 Do you still have questions about uPVC gutters? Do you need your gutters repaired or replaced? If so, please contact our Galway offices. 

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