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Joint free continuous guttering pitfalls. As there are no satisfactory methods of joining this awful product, here is a typical bodge!
Note the extra down pipe installed into the aluminium gutter. As there is no suitable outlet-connector for continuous aluminium gutters the down pipe is simply placed into a hole and crudely sealed with silicone.
As you can see below, the gutter is very flimsy so numerous brackets are required to fix it to the fascia board. This makes it extremely difficult to clean out, and because this type of gutter needs to be installed absolutely level with no fall or slope the build up of debris is exacerbated. The photograph shows how debris can quickly build up to block the gutter.
Here you can see the flimsy side of the product and all the fixing brackets
Whoops hope they don’t need to open the window !
This obviously wasn’t fixed securely.
A section has been torn away in the wind and this could be a lethal flying object if it were to hit someone.
Why have other companies’ fascia boards and guttering changed colour?
This is mainly due to inferior products. It is therefore essential that you see the BBA (British Board of Agrément) certificate before choosing a company to carry out your roofline refurbishment.
Salmon-pink fascias, as they are known in the trade.
In this example above we can see the discolouration, not only on the fascia boards but also on the brackets and guttering components.
Clearly there is no consistency in the manufacturing process here!
Just a few wrong ways to construct a box end gable corner
In these pictures, the companies which carried out the work on these homes, are clearly incompetent in constructing a boxed end.
The question has to be asked what else are they incompetent in doing?
The fitters have simply stuck pieces of fascia board together in an attempt to construct the corner detail.
Want a nice neat corner?
Compare the above examples with the way we do it here, and also note how we have re-pointed the gable end using new cement between the tiles and the fascia board.
The pitfalls of over-cladding
Here you can clearly see the damage caused to the original timber fascia board by over-cladding. The old fascia was completely saturated and the rot had penetrated into the timber joists behind. A full inspection of all surrounding joists was therefore required to ensure that no further hidden damage had been done. This is a clear warning as to the hazards of over-cladding and to the risk of employing inexperienced fitters.