Can You Paint Plastic Guttering?

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It goes without saying that plastic is one of the most used materials in the building industry and is particularly popular when it comes to guttering systems. Due to modern technology, using plastic is easier and more cost effective than older solutions like steel or aluminium. This means that plastic and PVC are a far better option for manufacturing companies. However, is plastic really the best material to use compared to other guttering materials? In this blog we are going to be looking at the five main reasons why you would opt to use plastic guttering.

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Are there any differences between plastic guttering, PVC guttering and uPVC guttering? 

Plastic guttering, as you may have guessed, is made of plastic. However, it is often referred to as PVC and uPVC guttering. Be sure to remember before purchasing any guttering of this kind, that there are in fact some differences you need to bear in mind.

PVC guttering stands for polyvinyl chloride and uPVC isn’t very different. The only difference is that uPVC is unplasticized. This essentially means that it is a far more rigid and tough kind of plastic, which would explain why it has become so popular in recent times. It has become so popular that it is used across a variety of gutter systems, including all of our plastic guttering!

General plastic/PVC guttering can be installed on most projects, but bear in mind that it is not as rigid as its counterpart, uPVC. If you are unsure about which will suite your project best or what you may already have in place, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can give you some advice!

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What are the key benefits of plastic guttering that you should try and remember? 

There is always a reason that a certain material is used more than others and plastic guttering is no exception. Below you can find the key reason why you would look to use plastic/PVC gutters.

They are extremely versatile.

Plastic guttering is one of the most versatile kinds of guttering on the market, and this is why there are so many profiles and colours available. This is why plastic guttering is ideal for so many different applications, whether that be domestic, commercial or industrial. You can find these ranges on our website using the links below:

It is also worth mentioning that, due to the versatility of plastic guttering, it is far easier to install and can save you a lot of money on things such as labour costs!

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What about the cost of plastic gutters?

uPVC guttering is known for being the most cost effective choice if it can be used, which is why it is often a first pick for so many roofing projects. Due to plastic guttering being so much cheaper than so many other guttering options, it is the perfect chance to get a new system that performs to a high and reliable standard, all while saving yourself money.

How durable are plastic gutters? 

It’s all well and good to buy plastic guttering because it is cost effective, but is it really worth it if the guttering is not durable?   The key thing to getting as many years out of your guttering as you can is to ensure that you are keeping it well maintained. If you do choose to look after your guttering through regular maintenance, then you may be able to get as long as 20 years out of your guttering system. Plastic guttering is known for its reliability and is able to withstand great heat and extreme cold weather and stands strong against all weather conditions. These features make for an extremely durable guttering system.

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How easy is plastic guttering to install?  

Certain guttering systems can be hard work to install, but plastic guttering is a bit easier due to the way that it is manufactured. Plastic and uPVC guttering are manufactured in a way that makes the joining of each part as easy as it can be. For example, they are designed to be lightweight and can easily be clipped onto each other. These factors in particular make for a fast and easy installation. For more on joining your guttering, you can make reference to our ‘How to join plastic guttering’ blog post here.

What do I do if I want to customise my guttering?    

If the colour of your guttering is not to your taste, then fear not, because with plastic guttering you are able to customise the gutter and paint it the colour that you want. At times the manufacturer may even produce custom pieces for your system, but you would need to get in contact with us and we would then have to make this enquiry for you.

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Can you paint plastic guttering? 

How to paint plastic gutters is a question that we often get asked, so it’s definitely worth covering. To start with, there are no problems painting guttering providing that you are using the correct paint for the job. We would recommend using gloss paint, which should be an oil-based mixture, and be sure that you apply the paint to a surface that has been cleaned with warm water.

Please note, however, plastic guttering has a tendency to wear away the layer of paint that has been applied. It is recommended that if you do choose to go ahead with painting your own guttering, then you must be aware that it will need regular maintenance in order to ensure that there is no fading!

If the benefits that we have covered within this blog post sound good to you, then plastic guttering might be the right one for your job. However, if you are unsure, then give our sales team a call and they can help to answer any questions that you may have surrounding plastic guttering.

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