We use lots of sketches and photos in our building surveys
1stAssociated.co.uk surveyors can provide help and advice with regard to property reports, building surveys, structural surveys, independent valuations, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects report, home buyers reports or any other property matters . As you can see from the article below we use lots of sketches and lots of photos in our reports as the feedback we receive from you the client is that these make the reports easier to read and understand and then easier for you to negotiate with the estate agents and finally much easier for you to get the building work done. In addition to this we like to meet you at the property during the survey when we like to talk through what the survey findings are and the format of our report and you can advise if there are any items that you wish us to specifically look at, for example, if you are considering carrying out an extension or loft conversion. Please free phone 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat with one of our surveyors.
What is a Valley Gutter?
Valley gutter defined
A valley gutter is where two main roofs meet or where there is a change in roof direction.
Valley gutters are generally considered to be a problem area. The valley gutter problem areas can be made worse where there are surrounding trees and associated leaves and branches that can block the valley gutters up.
What can I do with problem valley gutters?
The easiest thing to do is to carry out regular maintenance on them and keep them clean particularly during the Autumn months.
Central Valley Gutters
Change of Direction Valley Gutters
Valley gutter to a bay window
GRP - Glass reinforced plastic defined
This is a fibreglass type of material similar to that used for making surf boards and offers a waterproof rigid layer.
What are valley gutters made of?
We prefer to see valley gutters formed in lead, as all other materials seem to deteriorate fairly rapidly and this in turn allows water into the structure.
The valley gutter needs to have a fall
The following photos were of a hidden valley gutter, the valley gutter doesn't take the water away and doesn't have sufficient fall to do this. Parts of it are covered in debris and silt, etc. It needs to be taken up and re-laid with a suitable fall to allow it to clear of water, etc and check how the valley is sealed beneath the tiles.
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Do all surveyors look at valley gutters?
When wouldn't you access a valley gutter?
Recently we decided not to access a valley gutter because we could see a lot of broken slate and the building was four storeys in height and it was a windy day. Other than things like this when we use our digital zoom cameras (x16 zoom), we would always access the roof.
If you truly do want an independent expert opinion from a building surveyor we are happy to do valuations, building surveys, structural surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects reports, home buyers reports or any other property matters. Please contact us on 0 800 298 5424 to have a free of charge friendly chat with one of our surveyors.
We feel our surveys are quite unique, as they are written to your level of knowledge. The surveys include photos and sketches and definitions. The survey will also include an action required section and an estimate of costs in the executive summary. We are more than happy to meet you at the property whilst carrying out the survey to discuss any specific issues you may have or have a general chat about what we have found at the end of the survey.
If you are looking for commercial property, whether it is freehold or leasehold, we would recommend a survey as this will prevent dilapidations claims in the long run. You may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at www.DilapsHelp.com and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site www.DisputesHelp.com , both of which we have been advised are very helpful!
We hope you found the article of use and if you have any experiences that you feel should be added to this article that would benefit others, or you feel that some of the information that we have put is wrong then please do not hesitate to contact us (we are only human).
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