If you’ve ever rented a property or let a property then you will know that both parties have certain responsibilities. These responsibilities will be detailed in the tenancy agreement which is signed when the tenant moves into the property. In addition to a tenancy agreement between the tenant and the landlord, there are also numerous laws that govern such a relationship between the two parties. The key Act within the United Kingdom being the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
Under the terms of a part in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 it states that the maintenance and repairs of external structures including gutters, drains and external pipes. Many people often think that it is the responsibility of the tenant to keep the gutters clear from leaves and so on, but this is actually incorrect. It is only the tenant’s responsibility for a blockage or damage caused by the tenants own actions.
Thus, it is the responsibility of the landlord for the guttering on your property and this is something that you should take into account, as replacing a guttering system can be fairly expensive. That being said, it is possible to save a lot of money in terms of replacement, and future maintenance.
A lot of people do choose to install plastic or PVC guttering because it is fairly easy to install, doesn’t rust and is relatively cheap. However, plastic guttering does not withstand the elements, especially of the British weather system, which causes deterioration to the plastic, which over time can buckle and crack. Additionally, plastic guttering does not match the appearance, variety of styles that can be created within traditional metal guttering. The plastic often clashes with the appearance of the property and frankly looks cheap.
Better alternatives to plastic is to fit zinc, cast iron or aluminium guttering and a leading player in this industry in the UK is The Aluminium Guttering Company who provide their guttering service nationwide.
Aluminium gutters are the gutters of choice even when it comes to traditional buildings, but also brand new buildings as it can fit perfectly into almost any design. Unlike other forms of guttering, with aluminium it can be styled to fit many property types, from old traditional property designs to modern homes. Aluminium guttering is extremely durable and can be installed as is or come with a paint finish. Weathering of the aluminium gutters will gradually cause it to oxidize which actually protects the surface from further weathering.
There really is no need to install or replace old cast iron gutters with new as aluminium gutters can be styled to look the same as the cast iron. Also, they will not need to be repainted unlike the cast iron gutters which required repainting every three to five years depending on where your property is located and the weather it is exposed to.
Depending on the look of the building and for an aesthetically striking finish, you will be hard pushed to find a better alternative than zinc or copper. Both of these metals can be left to the elements which will oxidize in a similar way to aluminium in that it produces a pleasing finish and will also protect the guttering system for years to come. However, the cost involved installing this type of guttering system is usually very expensive, especially when compared to aluminium.
Selecting the correct guttering is an essential task if you want your property to look good. Maintenance costs should also be a factor when making this decision. Lifespan is another factor too. These main factors should be the key reasons for selecting a future guttering system for your home.