- Easy to replace
- Cleans up nice if cleaned at least once a year.
- Flexible (movement helps to stop the guttering from splitting in freezing temperatures)
- Light and adjustable.
- Plastic can last for years and years without cracking and deteriorating.
- Is very cheap to purchase and easy to install.
- Easily scuffs and scratches
- Rubber seals come lose to easily
- The plastic bends and warps in different temperatures
- The colour be it white black or grey etc easily fades and looks dull after a few years of sunlight.
- Double brackets commonly have problems with dripping and movement which opens up gaps.
- Can last (if cared for) for hundreds of years.
- Very easy to repair or seal joints if leaking.
- Never bends or warps which means the guttering if put up correctly will always channel the rain water directly to the down pipe.
- Can be repainted with Bitumen which also seals the inside and out. (Recommended to have cast iron guttering painted at least once ever 3 to 4 years.)
- Joints are securely held together by bolts and sealed with bitumen which means if looked after the guttering stands a good chance of never leaking.
- Looks fantastic if looked after and can give your property an added cosmetic value.
- When the Bitumen paint begins to peel it looks awful.
- Cast Iron if not looked after correctly can begin to rust and hence deteriorate.
- Needs to be looked after. i.e. Painting every 3 to 4 years with Bitumen.
- Is heavy and difficult to take down and install.
- The cost of Cast Iron guttering is very expensive.
So who is the victor?
UPVC GUTTERS VS CAST IRON GUTTERS
Which lasts the longest?
UPVC being a plastic can last for ever but it can also change shape, split and nine times out of ten will always have to have replacement brackets and sections as time goes on. It also loses its colour to sun fade.
Cast Iron Being metal has to be treated and painted if you want it to last. But if treated it can last for ever. I have worked on cast iron guttering in the past that has been over 200 years old. It never loses it's colour as long as it is painted every 3 to 4 years.
UPVC 0 VS 1 CAST IRON
Plastic guttering is easily repaired and replaced if needed. The rubber seals on the double brackets can be replaced ever so many years depending on the area you live in. UPVC is easily maintained.
Cast Iron if not looked after is not so easily repaired. If rust has set in it can be a difficult job to repair depending on how long the rust has been left to manifest. Replacing cast iron is a very difficult operation depending on it's age. The older the guttering the harder it is to remove from the property, especially the down pipes. Neglected Cast Iron Guttering is a problem waiting to happen.
UPVC 1 VS 1 CAST IRON
Finally. If it's look you want then UPVC looks great when first installed. If white it can make the whole property look smart and clean. But over time, not only does UPVC like any guttering become groggy and dirty, it can also lose it's wow appeal because of sun fade. It can warp and bend and look awful if the guttering isn't cleared on a regular basis. UPVC can bring a property down.
Cast Iron (if cared for) can looked good for years. It never changes shape or warps. The paint will crisp up after a few winters of dampness but you can easily rub the paint of and re-paint with a tin of bitumen. Cast Iron gives your property an upper class respectable look. If painted and looked after it'll not only last for ever but it'll never leak, bend, warp, fade or need replacing.
UPVC 1 VS 2 CAST IRON
My verdict goes to Cast Iron. OK, so I could have probably found a lot more positives for either but to be honest, I'll always prefer cast iron to UPVC. Cast Iron like I said before over and over, if looked after can live like an old Oak tree seeing you out and the next and the next. The only tyrant that can destroy Cast Iron Guttering is you!, through neglect. UPVC is to easily damaged through harsh weather which is why Cast Iron wins every time. If you have any positive points about this article then please comment below.
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