Downton Abbey, Strictly and X Factor are all on TV, the clocks have gone back, and the nights are drawing in and the smell of smoke fills the air … it can only mean one thing. Autumn is well and truly here, and soon it will become winter.
At this time of year, when the leaves are falling off the trees, it’s especially important that you look after your gutters now, to avoid issues at a later stage.
Clearly, if guttering is blocked or damaged, it will no longer be effective at keeping water out of your home, and damp could penetrate.
So, this autumn, check if your gutters need to be replaced, and make sure yours are the right shape for your roof. While flat roofs tend to need a parapet gutter, most sloping ones require an eaves gutter, while roofs meeting at one point need a valley gutter, linking with either a parapet or eaves gutter.
Guttering also comes in different shapes and sizes. A standard size is semi-circular, running into circular downpipes. But if your property is bigger, or especially prone to rain or damp, square-shaped versions could be what you need.
These days, plastic guttering is increasingly the norm, and it’s easy to see the benefits in terms of price, weight and how easy plastic is to work with. But if you live in a listed building you may have to replace the metal gutters with the same material.
There’s more online – but make sure you take care of your gutters this autum