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Selecting the Right Gutter and Fittings

Which cast iron effect guttering to choose? 

There is a choice between cast iron effect standard half round, deep flow and ogee plastic guttering to select from.

The Ogee profile was originally the traditional guttering style used on property built in the Victorian and Georgian eras.ogee-gutter-2.jpg

It is also a design that compliments more recently built houses that have taken elements of the traditional building styles from the last century. The ogee has one of the best flow capacities, taking up to 2.2l per second (when installed without any degree of fall) - so can be well suited to take the rain from roofs with large surface areas. The ogee gutter must be used with the specific ogee fittings and fixtures, but it can work with either a round or square downpipe

There is also a choice to be made between which hopper to use - a square hopper fits perfectly with the ogee style gutter - and can be made more ornate with a selection of motifs applied.


If the property requiring the guttering is of a typical size (terraced or semi detached), in the usual British climate, then quite often the standard 112mm half round gutter will not have any problems taking the water away from the building. - If extremely heavy showers are an exception within the typically experienced weather pattern, the use of a hopper will be sufficient to make sure that the extra water keeps flowing away. The 112mm gutter will take 0.9l per second.

The 112mm half round cast iron effect guttering has been widely used on high quality new build properties - providing builders and developers with a superior quality finish to the external appearance of a well finished home. It is the cheapest of the cast iron effect gutter types to buy.

When to use the deep flow guttering?

If you have a large building, domestic or commercial, or are fitting out a building in an area where there is typically a high rainfall - deep flow gutter becomes appropriate to avoid flooding. There is a maximum performance over a 3.4m length of level gutter of flow rate: 1.8 litres per second, area drained : 86m2. 


To make sure you are ordering the right amount of lengths of guttering, downpipe and fittings from the cast iron effect range for your project, the best thing is to call through to the office with the dimensions of where the new gutter or downpipe is going, and also what is already in place (if anything). If required we can assist you by making a component diagram which will give the best guide to supplying the job correctly. If you are accustomed to fitting a standard UPVC rainwater system - there are no differences when fitting the Cast Iron Effect Company's range.


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