What is gutter creep?

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  1. Smurf

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    Anyone?
     
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  2. Smurf

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    And don't say me :D
     
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    I would say it is where the force of the sun pulls the plastic gutter apart, slowly over time until the joint start to leak.
     
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    Indeed correct:thumbsup:

    I don't want to teach granny to suck eggs so to speak but some may find this info useful.

    The expansion and contraction due to varying temps causes what is known in the trade as gutter creep. Meaning joints will start to leak and/or come apart altogether. All black guttering is most susceptible to gutter creep which is a pet hate of mine as can be a pain in the **** to move the guttering back along so it fits back into the joints properly again.

    The one I had today the joint was in the middle of the gutter run was leaking as was hardly on the seal at all. So I had to go along and unclip all the gutter section first including the downspout joint on the other end then refit it as it should be. Sometimes however the fitters cuts the length too short so the length of guttering will not fitted up to the stop lugs properly on both ends of the run that have joints on. You end up messing about trying to make sure enough is covering the rubber seals both ends to stop the joints from leaking and is enough to hopefully prevent it happening again. More often than not though if you don't butt the guttering section to the stop lug on the joint I've found it will gradually work out again after time.

    Just thought I would mention this as it is easy just to assume a new joint is required but will not resolve the issue if the guttering has moved along and you don’t fit it properly.

    You may notice on some black gutters fitted that they are white on the inside as most good fascia firms now only fit this to help reduce gutter creep.

    Hope this info helps?
     
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  5. Andy

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    smurf your wrong gutter creep is another windy grabing a possible customer
     
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    Never heard of that definition but you could be right :D
     
  7. SPCleaning

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    I have seen loads of guttering fitted badly. I think some fitters aren't worried about perfection because the home owner often can't see what they have done.
     
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    New builds and fitters on peace work over the last 10 years the quality of workmanship has been shocking.
     
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    I carried out a clean and clear recently where the guttering run on both sides and across the end of the building, The trouble was that it was black guttering and it had warped. There were not enough downpipes so the water 'puddles' on the two corners, even after all debris were cleared. It's not easy to explain to customer that you have done your job properly but their gutter may well continue to over flow due to the lack of downpipes.
     
  10. boarcity

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    the gutter creep - good name for a business!
     
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