AIM BLOG 18.02.13
The Benefits of Guttering in Spain
If you are generally DIY savvy, guttering is an installation which you can carry out yourself at home for a minimal cost and without the need for specialised tools.
Installing guttering can help to protect your foundations, reduce erosion, minimise staining to your painted or rendered walls, and also prevent leaks in your basement. Or just at the most simple level, it can allow you to enter your house in a heavy rain storm without taking a shower on your way in. This is a two-man job due to the length of the components and ladders should be made secure at all times.
With the weather so contrasting in Spain and of course the general lack of damp-proofing measures in typical constructions here, guttering can significantly help to improve the lifespan to your property. Arid ground conditions dried out by the strong sun, leave buildings vulnerable at ground level as the surrounding land contracts and compacts when the ground water evaporates. This means that the land becomes extremely hard and less receptive to absorbing water quickly allowing rain or storm water to run off very quickly and find its way into air spaces left around the building. By directing the water away from your property or collecting the water, this can be minimised.
Guttering systems work very much like Meccano® as a kit of component parts which are slotted together. Lengths of guttering tubing (sometimes called half-pipe) are hung using roof tile or fascia brackets along at the bottom of each section of pitched roof to collect the rainwater.
These gutters collect and direct the rainwater horizontally on a fall towards rainwater downpipes normally located at a corner, which take the water vertically down, via a series of connecting guttering junctions and away from the property at ground level, keeping the base of your house, or building, drier.
Standard guttering connections make this installation very simple and by measuring the height and width of each roof section of your house, you can easily write a short shopping list of guttering materials required.
It is also possible to collect the rainwater for use in your garden into a tank or water butt. This is particularly advantageous in Spain where water is at a premium and can easily be connected to your irrigation system.
We should note that guttering maintenance is important and you should clear out the debris inside the guttering tubes and hoppers once or twice a year depending on the number of surrounding trees that you have. Clogged pipes are ineffective and can become blocked or damaged as weight and force builds up without a clear flow. It is possible to protect pipework from debris blockage etc. by installing leaf guards for example, but this is optional.
AIM British Building Supplies have a wide range of guttering products in stock, in a variety of colours. Please visit our new website page for more information: http://www.abbs.es/building-materials/guttering/
Or if you would like to know more about protecting your property from the rain and damp proofing, roofing products, sealants and other building products, please call in for a chat with our experienced in-house team to advise you on the best components for your project see website for directions http://www.abbs.es/contact-us/
We include a wide range of the best building products on the market in our stores in Marbella and Alicante, with delivery options across the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca.
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