Improve if You Want to MoveMarch 2, 2021
Switched-on homeowners know that they must make their property as appealing as possible if they are to sell it quickly and for the full asking price. While the inside of the property may be vital, it is often the appearance of the outside that can make or break a sale, creating that all-important first impression and “kerb appeal”. And a house that looks well cared-for and maintained is certainly going to peke buyers’ interest more than a neglected property online before buyers even get to the kerbside.
One of the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective ways to give any property instant kerb appeal is to repair, refurbish or replace worn and tired guttering. There is nothing guaranteed to make a house look uncared for than faded, sagging or simply ancient-looking guttering – not to mention the flooding and water damage to the fabric of a building that can be caused by blocked or leaking rainwater systems.
For period properties, buyers are looking for the all-important period features and that could well include the guttering. Back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, period features were a huge turnoff to homeowners and many items that now cost a fortune in architectural salvage yards were simply ripped out and thrown away. Now, not only are they back in fashion, but they are now specifically sought after. If your house has been stripped back of all its original features, putting them back will increase the value of your home. The more a house is true to its original form, the more attractive that will be to buyers and the more value it will add.
If your house has original cast iron getters you will know that they look great but are a headache to keep looking good and well-maintained. And they are heavy – more than three times the weight of an aluminium equaivalent so that means that installing them can be a big job.
Our aluminium guttering looks just as good and authentic as the cast iron originals but it’s lightweight and virtually maintenance-free. Aluminium naturally generates its own protective oxide coating: if the surface is damaged, then aluminium guttering simply oxidises again to protect itself.
It can be installed without specialist handling equipment and trained personnel. Because it will not rust or corrode, it requires no painting or on-going maintenance. Fittings like our range of hopper head add a striking character feature to any project, closely replicating the authentic appearance of a cast iron system.
It will certainly look the part with traditional profiles, colours and sizes. All the period good looks with none of the expensive maintenance of cast iron, or environmental costs like plastic. Aluminium is one of the most widely available elements in the world: it is non-corrosive, long lasting and requires little maintenance. It can be recycled once it reaches the end of its useful life and unlike the plastic alternative, will last for many years, giving the peace of mind of a quality product.
If you are really looking to add the wow factor to the outside of your house for sale, then aluminium guttering could really be the star of the show as it can be produced in literally any colour imaginable to match other parts of the property like doors and windows. And just imagine, it’ll never need painting, it will never discolour or fade or rust, and it will certainly make your house stand out for all the right reasons.
In fact, some experts believe that aluminium guttering’s combination of traditional appearance combined with modern functionality and performance can actually increase a houses value as well as its saleability.