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Fitting top of the range uPVC gutters

Fitting top of the range uPVC gutters

In this post, you will learn about our 12-step process that we follow on every job when fitting our top of the range uPVC gutters. I will break down each step and explain why we do that particular step.

Concrete Gutter Replacement

Concrete Gutter Replacement

Step 1: Work area Prepared

The first step we take before fitting your new uPVC gutters is making sure are work area is prepared. The first to two rows of tiles are pushed back, keeping them safe which will allow us to evaluate the extent of the work needed. If there are any further issues with the lower roof, they will be identified during this stage.

Step 2: Lining Removed

The second step we take is removing the lining of bitumen, fibreflex or aluminium that home owners may have had fitted to their gutters in an attempt to prolong the life of their current gutters working life. If this is the case for you, our fitters will remove as much lining as possible, to make it easier to cut the concrete itself.

Step 3: Faceplates Removed

The third step we take is removing the faceplates. The faceplates fitted to square gutters will be removed, process which can often be carried out by hand. The reason we do this is to ensure that they won’t come loose and drop of while work is being carried out by our team.

Step 4: Soil Pipe Venting

Following on, if a property has an external soil pipe currently running through the concrete guttering; then we will either, fit a ventilation cap or extend the pipe around the new uPVC guttering.

Step 5: Downpipe Removals

On some properties, the soil pipe or may be made of asbestos. If this is the case our trained and licenced fitters will seal them in asbestos bags, and for a small fee, will arrange for them to be collected by a licenced asbestos carrier.

Step 6: Removal of Finlock Gutters

Despite the age and condition. You should remember that Finlock gutters are still made of solid concrete. That is why we use a top of the range, diamond tipped angle grinder to cut the gutters off; this helps produce a flush surface to use as a solid base for fitting the new gutters. There will be a great deal of dust but we will clean up thoroughly when removal has been completed.

Step 7: Timber Face Plate

The installation of a treated timber face plate is an important part of the process and one often overlooked by other companies installing this faceplate gives us a smooth surface to attach the fascia board to and also allow for expansion and contraction of the remaining concrete blocks.

Step 8: Soffit & Fascia Board

The next step we take is to install our grade A uPVC fascia and soffit boards, we use only the best materials and fixings to ensure your new gutters stay looking new.

Step 9: Eaves Protection System (E.P.S)

The EPS is a vital part of the installation process. It takes the form of a rigid plastic board which slides underneath the existing felt along the lowest section of the roof. Once in place, it ensures that moisture which would otherwise make its way through gaps or tears in the felt, and therefore into the loft, is instead directed into the guttering. At the same time, the EPS board will ensure that the loft space receives adequate ventilation, thus drying out any damp which already exists.

The EPS is a detail of the installation process which is often neglected or misapplied by less experienced or expert fitters. The fact that we view it as hugely important is indicative of the high standards which we always maintain.

Step 10: Gutter and Downpipe Installation

The next step we take is installing the gutter and downpipe. When we fit the gutters, we use a string line to position them with the smallest possible gradient in place, ensuring any water travels in the right direction with the minimum slope.

Step 11: Connecting to Adjacent Guttering

This next step is a hugely complex part of the job, and one which lesser companies often struggle with. Unless any house adjoining yours has had its Finlock gutters replaced, your state of the art uPVC gutters will be adjoining ageing and probably failing concrete gutters. Getting this join just right is crucial if damaging leaks are to be avoided.

Step 12: Cleaning

Now for the final step. Having finished the installation, our fitters will clean away every bit of debris, leaving your property as clean as it was before we started work. All waste will be placed in a robust Hippo bag, ready to be collected by Hippo, another of the national companies we trust to match our own high standards.

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