Like the materials we use, our access equipment represents the gold standard in the field.
The Easi-Dec system involved a £100,000 investment on our part, but we’re certain that it’s worth every penny.
It means that, wherever possible, we can avoid having to use scaffolding in order to gain access over porches, extensions and smaller conservatories, something which makes our work safer, quicker and more convenient.
We never lose sight of the fact that our customers have to carry on living their lives while we work on their guttering, and the fact that we work as quickly and unobtrusively as possible has the added bonus of helping to keep costs down.
In cases where scaffolding is required, such as when we have to work around a large conservatory or extension, we rely on our long-term working relationships with some of the best scaffolding companies in the UK.
In the majority of cases the scaffolding will be erected the day before we start work and disassembled soon after we finish.
What follows is a brief breakdown of the process of removing concrete guttering and fitting a top of the range uPVC replacement.
1 | Work Area Prepared
The first or the first two rows of tiles are pushed back, keeping them safe and allowing us to evaluate the extent of the work needed. If there are any further issues with the lower roof, they will be identified at this stage.
2 | Lining Removed
Home owners may have had a lining of bitumen, fibreflex or aluminium fitted to their gutters in an attempt to temporarily prolong their working life. If this is the case, our fitters will remove as much lining as possible, to make it easier to cut the concrete itself.
3 | Faceplates Removed
The faceplates fitted to square gutters will be removed, a process which can often be carried out by hand. Doing this ensures they won’t come loose and drop off while work is being carried out.
4 | Soil Pipe Venting
If the property has an external soil pipe currently running through the concrete guttering then we will cut the pipe about a foot below the concrete gutters and then we will either fit a ventilation cap or extend the pipe around the new uPVC Guttering.
5 | Downpipe Removals
On some properties the downpipe or soil pipe may be made of asbestos, in which case our trained and licenced fitters will seal them in asbestos bags and, for a small fee, arrange for them to be collected by a licenced asbestos carrier.
6 | Removal of the Finlock Gutters
Despite their age and condition, it has to be remembered that Finlock gutters are still made of solid concrete. That’s why we use a top of the range, diamond tipped angle grinder to cut the gutters off, producing a flush surface to use as a solid base for fitting the new gutters. This process creates a great deal of dust, but we ways clean up thoroughly when removal has been completed.
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 allows for expansion and contraction of the remaining concrete blocks.
8 | Soffit & Fascia Board
Once the timber face plate is installed the next part of the installation 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.
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.
10 | Gutter and Downpipe Installation
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.
11 | Connecting to Adjacent Guttering
This 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.
The Adeft solution, unique to our fitters, involves installing a stop plate at the point where the gutters meet. The first 12 inches or so of the adjoining gutter will be cleaned and dried out, and your uPVC gutter will be firmly screwed to a template cut into the stop plate. Primer will then be applied to the uPVC guttering and the first few inches of the adjoining guttering. A fixing agent will be applied to the guttering. Once the fixing agent is set, it will be painted with a coating of fibreflex, creating a waterproof double layer which offers protection for years to come.
12 | Cleaning
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.
That’s a summary of the work we do when fitting new uPVC gutters. Without going into every single technical detail, it hopefully conveys our attention to detail and the fact that we always insist on utilising the very best materials, method, tools and partners. The Adeft promise is that the work we do represents an investment that lasts for decades, that quality will be maintained throughout the process and that the price you pay, although it may not be the cheapest on offer, will be kept as low as possible by the intelligent utilisation of our assets. Our many satisfied customers, from homeowners to large housing providers, will attest to the fact that the Adeft experience is one of excellence, from first contact through installation to ongoing customer care.
The End Result...
...Another Quality Installation By Adeft
The work was completed in a single day and to a high standard, the workmen explained all stages of the work as it was going on and showed us round the finished job to our satisfaction. We’re very happy with all aspects of the job and many neighbours have stopped to admire it.
Mr & Mrs Robinson | Durham