Guttering is an essential feature on any property. And it’s only natural that property owners have questions. As with any part of your roof, it’s best to get those questions answered before rushing into repairs, replacements or any sort of DIY work. Fortunately, DPR Roofing is here to help. Read on as we answer all the frequently asked questions for guttering.

The basics of guttering

Why does my property need gutters?

Gutters are in place to carry rainwater as it falls from your roof. Instead of falling down the side of your home, it’s directed down the downpipe of the gutters. This ensures it doesn’t cause problems to the external walls or foundations of your home.

How long do gutters last?

Well-installed gutters can last upwards of 25 years if they’re well maintained. After a few decades, even well-maintained gutters can become brittle/rotten and susceptible to breaks.

How much does guttering cost?

Guttering for a whole home typically costs between £300 to £1,000, including all parts and labour. Understandably, much larger properties will cost more, as will those which are difficult to access.

Gutter problems

How can I tell if my gutters aren’t working?

If you can hear or see a more concentrated stream of water hitting the ground or pouring out of the gutters, there’s  a problem with your gutters. Guttering is designed to deal with even heavy rainfall, so the water shouldn’t be overflowing at any time. This is the only kind of inspection property owners should take before getting professionals to take a closer look. DIY gutter inspections pose all kinds of risks to your safety and the condition of your property.

Why are my gutters leaking?

There are a few different problems that can cause your gutters to leak. They could be blocked, causing water to overflow, or cracked, allowing water to seep out before reaching the downpipe. Alternatively, they might be sagging, so water gathers and overflows rather than flowing freely through the pipes. The best way to find out is with a professional inspection.

What has caused the problems with my gutters?

Guttering problems are typically caused by a lack of maintenance. However, improper installation, where gutters are not slanted correctly toward the downpipe, can also lead to several issues. In some cases, your gutters may have been damaged by harsh weather or vandalism. However, they may have simply reached the end of their lifespan.

Can I fix my gutters myself?

No. Like any work at height, gutter clearance or repairs should not be attempted without the right training. The result will most likely be damage to your gutters, your property and even yourself.

Do my gutters need replacing?

From blockages to cracks and even pulling away, most problems with guttering can be isolated and repaired rather than resorting to a full replacement. However, if large sections of your gutters have become seriously damaged or broken, it might be a better idea to replace the whole guttering system. A professional inspection from a reliable roofing company will give you a better idea.

How long will it take to fix my gutters?

Most gutter repairs can be completed in a matter of hours, while full installations and replacements will usually take about a day. This may be longer for larger properties, or those which are difficult to access.

Blocked gutters

Why are my gutters blocked?

Gutters typically become blocked by debris like leaves and twigs as it falls from trees. Particularly during autumn, this debris becomes saturated with rainwater and stops rainwater flowing freely through the gutters.

Do I need gutter netting?

Gutter netting is a supposed solution to gutter blockages. However, in practice, leaves tend to become stuck to the outside of the netting, making gutters completely ineffective as water runs straight off the netting and down the side of the property.

How often should my gutters be cleaned?

Regular gutter cleaning is the real solution to stop gutters becoming blocked and dysfunctional. We recommend annual gutter clearance for most properties, but those with trees nearby should have their gutters cleaned every 6 months ideally.

Types of gutter

What material are gutters made of?

Gutters in the UK are most commonly made of PVC, which is lightweight, affordable and durable in British weather. Other, more expensive, materials are available, like steel, aluminium and copper, but they are more common in countries with harsher weather. In the UK, where we rarely see sub-zero temperatures, these materials are essentially unnecessary.

What are the different gutter styles?

The two most popular gutter styles are square-style and half-round. Square style gutters have a half ‘50p’ shape to them, while half-round gutters are curved around the side and bottom. Gutters can also be supplied in a minimum range of colours to suit the appearance of your property. While black or white gutters are common, some property owners opt for brown after that you have to consider them to be spray painted if you want any other colour.

Inspecting, fixing or replacing your gutters

Keeping your gutters in a good condition will protect your property and save you money in the long run. At DPR Roofing in Wakefield, we offer a range of specialist guttering services – from small repairs and cleaning to realignments and replacements. Whatever the issue, our team of expert roofers will provide the best solution and keep your gutters working perfectly long into the future.