Cast iron guttering systems have been used since Victorian times. Sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, they offer many advantages with its use but has many draw backs. Heavy, it is difficult to handle during fitting while afterwards, it adds great strain to a structures exterior. Particulary on larger building with a big cast iron gutter system in place.
The traditional cast iron guttering demands much of your time due to its high maintenance to ensure its beauty is not diminished with wear and tear, requiring new coats of paint every 5 years. It’s also is one of the most expensive resources that could be used in a guttering system. Because with its expensive materials, fitting and maintenance cost, this makes its long terms investment less efficient. Cast Aluniumum Gutters in the new alternative and preferred choice among artictects and constuction companies.
The Modern Aluminium Alternative
This is where the use of our cast aluminium gutter system using a cast iron effect finish can come in. Much lighter in weight, it gives less strain when fitted onto a structure. With good durability, its able to withstand everything that a standard cast iron guttering system could offer as well as outlasting many other guttering system materials like the common PVC gutters.
Our cast gutters not require the costly maintenance that standard cast iron guttering would demand. Aluminium still gives the same finished design and visual that cast iron offers. With a cast-iron effect finish used to exclusively offer before the creation of aluminium guttering.
Highly Durable Construction
An effective guttering system is a gutter which can survive many years with low maintenance costs for long term cost efficiency. It must be able to survive when exposed to abrupt, harsh weather while continuing to provide function. Coping with many different variables without showing any damage from them. Most guttering systems are durable to a point depending on the material used and the environment it faces.
While PVC is more than capable of withstanding extremely wet climates, they are unable to withstand most physical damage. Often showing signs of cracks from repeated or heavy assaults on its surface. Steel guttering systems on the other hand can withstand much more violent weather that would result in more common physical barrages. These conditions would easy break through uPVC, but the much sturdier steel will be capable of enduring these attacks with only minor dents at the most.
The downside is while they are able to cope with physical damage easily. Continued exposure to the wrong conditions, like constant damp environments or areas with higher than average rain fall will cause the guttering system to rust. This can also happen with more acidic rainfall or saltier water found in beach side locations.
Aluminium is a great material. Our aluminium gutters with a cast iron effect are capable of dealing with these issues without the resulting gutter system showing wear and tear. This is because it contains properties that enable it to survive from rusting due to certain weather. Whereas steel would fall from prolonged exposure whilst also offering resistance towards corrosion from acidic rain fall.
As for durability, where PVC would break from impacts caused from natural weather or simply bad ladder placement, Aluminium is very similar to steel. Steel has a higher tolerance than what aluminium can offer, but aluminium is still regarded as one of the most enduring materials that could be used in a guttering system, still able to withstand most physical damage than other gutter materials. Once damaged, steel can be difficult to repair. Its extremely strong nature backfires it into the original shape, making it difficult to remove damaged areas or dints received.
Aluminium is extremley Strong
So just how strong is Aluminium? It’s sturdy nature does not turn back against you, its strong defences can withstand natural physical damage. But still offers flexibility in that it can be reshaped back into its original form much quicker and easier than steel. As for its traditional alternative, cast iron, aluminium is much friendlier. While both can boast high tolerances towards external abuse, cast iron is less forgiving when repairs are needed. Large amounts of damage inflicted on the same area will cause aluminium with the cast iron effect to bend inwards. Lowering its overall efficiency, but not causing any immediate risk and allowing time for replacements or repairs. With cast iron, its reluctance towards reshaping can be a downfall for many.
Requiring high amounts of heat before reshaping is possible, cast iron is not a material that can usually be repaired on site, often requiring replacement if its durability has faltered. As for visual deterioration, aluminium guttering with a cast iron effect is able to withstand the test of time whilst not showing its age externally. It looks as pristine as the day it was fitted if annual cleaning is applied, the only damage visible would be battle scars received from large physical abuse in the form of dents.
Not many other materials used in a guttering system is able to state the same, with PVC offering similar in terms of visual deterioration when physical abuse is something not to be considered. As for steel or cast iron, age will begin to show on these materials with time. Steel will begin to rust after a period of time and cast iron will require annual maintenance to keep its visually pleasing finish, demanding areas that have been visibly warn to be cleaned and repainted to bring the system back to its newly fitted appearance.
Cast Aluminum gutters can offer one of the best long term investments, but aluminum using a cast iron effect will provide the same longevity and cost efficiently for the same amount of time, only using a much better, classical design that cast-iron guttering used to provide exclusively, minus the drawbacks that follow with cast iron guttering.
Whilst cast iron was a successful material that was used on many old structures due to its advantages, its major drawback (weight and cost) has prevented continued popularity in the modern age. The high maintenance of cast iron tied with the difficulty of fitting its weight prevents its usage on many more recently built structures that use more eco-friendly materials in its development.
Aluminium is a much lighter material, once fitted, it will provide less strain on a structure. With its longevity and decreased strain will be better for the structural integrity of any building it is fitted to long term, regardless of age. Many buildings supporting older architecture have become weakened due to the methods used to build them. As guttering is replaced on these buildings, many often avoid the reapplication of cast iron, preferring something more cost efficient and less demanding.
Using a cast iron effect, many of these building have begun to have their original cast iron gutters with aluminium using a
cast iron effect. These replacements happen usually when a cast iron gutter has developed faults within its system, rather than struggling with repairs. Many opt to have their gutters removed and replaced with cast aluminium. Due to its cast iron effect, the alluminum gutters we fit still make a building appear as intended when originally designed, hiding its modern advances in technology behind its traditional external finish. Guaranteeing that an older structure will still retain its original architectural charm. Ideal for any renovations when new gutters are required.
Traditional, but not old fashioned. This is an important distinction, for anyone when renovation is being considered. Using a powdered finish, we can provide a wide variety of coloured finishes, which provide you with many different options when it comes to choosing the correct style for your building. To make a newly fitted guttering system look traditional, but without making it look dated or old fashioned. Suitable for use on a wide range of structures. From old buildings supporting a Victorian architectural design in need of renovation. Too modern building looking for a classy charm that can’t be provided using modern materials like PVC or steel. And of course these are seamless which means no joints, and no leaks!
Why Choose Cast Aluminium
Aluminium using cast iron effect will aid in a buildings looking classical for years to come, or just the right touch of design to give a building an exterior finish that will make it stand out compared to any nearby structures, commercial or domestic. As opposed to standard cast iron gutters, aluminium gutters using a cast iron effect will not require the same maintenance for continued visual impact. The exterior does not flack or peel away with age due to its exposure to the elements nor will it require reapplication of paint to have a continued, just fitted appearance.
As for its environmental foot print, the use of aluminum is a very positive choice. Widely recyclable, aluminium can be removed and recycled for continued use without the need of manufacturing to create more. This also being able to happen vice versa. Manufacturing cast aluminium gutters create very little hazardous bi-products which will negatively affect the environment. Therefore the use of recycled aluminium will mean that less resources are needed to reproduce a similar amount.
Even with its appearance of cast iron, it does not have the environmental drawback of flaking. These flakes that fall from standard cast iron guttering can cause a negative impact towards the environment, meaning a cast aluminium gutter system with the same visual design, can benefit the environment due to its lack of hazardous drawback in both manufacturing and usage.
In addition to cast iron we also can provide Ogee style gutters which you can view here.