Did you know that cast iron is formed of pig iron? Pig iron is a mixture of silicon and carbon added to iron when it is heated and turned to liquid. Cast iron guttering can be made using this process, and it makes it an ideal material for guttering as it is extremely strong.
But what are the benefits of cast iron guttering and why should you use them? We’ve outlined the main points below.
What types of cast iron guttering are available?There are lots of different types of cast iron gutters to choose from, so you can pick the one that suits your property best:
- Half round
- Plain half round
- Deep flow half round
- Moulded ogee
Advantages of cast iron guttering
- Long-lasting: Cast iron guttering is strong, and this makes it a great material for gutters as it will last. As long as the guttering is installed properly, it should last you for years.
- Environmentally-friendly: The impact of cast iron on the environment is minimal, so you can be assured that you’re making an eco-conscious decision when you choose this form of guttering. And when you replace them, you can recycle them.
- Weather-proof: Since cast iron gutters are so strong, you don’t need to worry about them getting damaged in storms. As long as they are installed correctly you won’t have any problems.
- Low maintenance: All you have to do is clean the gutters regularly like you would with any other type of guttering material. It’s a good idea to watch out for rusting too.
- Cheaper in the long term: Because cast iron guttering is cheap to maintain, it can save you a lot of money in the long term. It’s also a great option for buildings in conservation areas, as it blends in well with period properties as opposed to uPVC.
The only disadvantage to cast iron guttering is that it’s very heavy. This means that it’s difficult to carry and install, so it’s best to always leave it to a professional.