Gutter talk

SIG Industrial Roofing discuss solutions for keeping gutters water tight and working correctly over the winter months to ensure buildings stay weather proof.

It’s a well know problem that effects any roof type, not just industrial roofs – that as the weather gets colder one of the first parts of the roof to be affected is the gutter area. Prevention, as they say, is better than cure, so for buildings to remain watertight the gutters need to stay in good working order. This is particularly true over winter as repairing any issues that arise can be tricky in poor weather conditions.

One of the most popular products used are liquid solutions. These are normally readily available and easy to put down, providing a quick and easy to install solution. Available for a number of different gutter types, the liquids create a complete and seamless lining – fully bonded to become part of the original gutter and eliminate leaks. However, this being Britain the weather is not always on our side and this can be problematic. Liquid solutions are dependent on the weather being 5° or above and typically need no rain for two days straight to cure – a pretty rare climactic combination in the UK during the winter!

An alternative that will enable you to keep going throughout the winter is to use a gutter liner system. There are two systems available on the market that you can put down in temperatures as low as 0° and in the wet. The liner sits directly in your existing gutter and if you need to you can fit a 10mm insulation sole board under the liner to provide insulated value. These seamless systems can be trapped under slate, tile, fibre cement or metal sheets and can be rolled out to 100m in one run. Both liner options come with all the relevant accessories needed to finish off the gutter such as outlets and stop ends.

If the gutter itself is not in great shape then there is also the option of a liner that comes with a metal base to provide stability. If the roof is fragile there is no need to lift any sheets, tiles, slates or fibre cement sheets because this liner comes with a hinge in the middle of the metal that allows you to insert the liner and simply pop it into place.

Just like with gutter liners, remember that no matter what project, maintenance or repairs you are carrying out, there may be a different option on the market that could be exactly what you’re looking for. If you need help identifying a solution for your project – the SIG Industrial Roofing Centre are there to give you advice, support and recommend the best product solutions for your next industrial roofing or cladding job.