More information on all EasyMerchant cast iron guttering products - including fitting, joining, and repairing cast iron gutter parts
Long before we became used to seeing plastic systems on properties, cast iron guttering was the norm - in fact, cast iron gutters were the most popular type of guttering during Victorian times - and it's not uncommon to see full or part systems remaining today on Victorian era buildings, listed buildings, and other period properties.
On paper, a cast iron guttering component has a life expectancy of 40 years - but in reality, they often outlive that significantly - especially when they're well maintained.
Whether you're making a DIY repair to your own home's cast iron gutters - or you're installing or renovating cast iron gutters on someone else's property, the team here at EasyMerchant have got you covered. We can provide a huge range of products in cast iron - including a number of fixing accessories - all manufactured to the highest standards and available at unbeatable prices.
How do you fit cast iron guttering to a property?
Before you begin sourcing materials, it's absolutely vital that you check to make sure fascia boards are in good condition and that they're capable of supporting the considerable weight of a cast iron gutter.
Of course, some buildings don't have fascia boards - and in this case, careful inspection of the materials you'll be fixing into is required. At EasyMerchant, we carry a range of brackets that will be suitable for virtually all fitting types - and if you can't see what you need, simply get in touch with our expert service team - and we'll track it down for you.
Step 1: Make sure you're working in the right direction
Identify the socket end of the cast iron gutter part (this changes depending on manufacturer) and ensure you're working in the right direction - and mounting your guttering accordingly.
Step 2: Positioning your brackets to support the gutter
You should ensure you're positioning the mounting brackets according to manufacturer instructions. Generally, your first bracket will mount 150mm from the end of the run - and subsequent brackets will be spaced at 600mm - 900mm intervals (centre to centre) depending on manufacturer instructions.
Step 3: Cutting and positioning your gutters
After careful measurement, your lengths can be cut to size. To do so, you'll need to use a disc cutter or tungsten tipped hacksaw. It's vital that you tidy up the cut ends of the guttering and make sure there are no loose filings left - as these can damage and discolour the surrounding paintwork.
When your runs are the right size, they can be lifted into place - ensuring a correct fit in the brackets.
Step 4: Joining your sections using a silicone sealant
You should make sure that all your joint areas are clean, dry, and free from any grease or dust before applying the sealant you'll use to make the connections. After applying the silicone sealant and making the connection, you should also make sure you fit any retaining bolts into the bolt holes usually found on the underside of the gutter.
When joins have been made - make sure you wipe away any surplus sealant from joins and bolt holes.
How can you join plastic guttering to cast iron gutters?
If you're hoping to combine a plastic guttering system with cast iron, you'll need to make sure you can get the correct adaptor. We carry a stock of plastic to cast iron connectors - but if you're unsure exactly what you need, then you're welcome to get in touch with the team here - we'll be able to help you identify the product you need.
How should you repair cast iron gutters on your property?
Repairing cast iron guttering components is perfectly possible - but it's important to assess the damage before you invest and time or effort in a repair. If guttering is in very poor condition (with a number of rusty holes) then replacing the part is generally a better option.
However, if you have small holes in your cast iron system, you can fill them using a roof and gutter sealant - and a glass fibre repair kit is generally a good investment if you're tackling bigger holes.
If you're just removing surface rust, it's a good idea to rub the rust back with a wire brush - before using a rust-inhibiting primer. When your primer is dry, a black bitumen or gloss paint will help to keep your guttering in good condition for another number of years.
What's the best way to prepare cast iron gutters for painting?
Although some cast iron rainwater systems come fully painted - some instead come with a paint coating that's simply designed to offer a little protection while the parts are in transit.
When your cast iron parts are on site, you should inspect for any bumps or scratches in the paint - before spot priming with a suitable metal primer. Although some manufacturers guidance differs - you should then generally undercoat the part twice, before applying a good quality exterior paint as a final coat.
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