If the gutter needs to be painted, the system should be cleaned, with a degreasing agent such as sugar soap. Once cleaned 2 coats of a good quality gloss paint should be applied. Avoid scouring or roughing the surface of the plastic as this will affect the final appearance of the painted product.
FloPlast’s gutters are produced from PVC-u and are considered low or relatively maintenance free. It may be necessary from time to time to clean our lighter gutter systems. We recommend that a soapy warm water solution is used when cleaning – in severe cases a non-abrasive kitchen cream cleaner can be used.
Solvent cement is not necessary to use with any gutter or downpipe on normal installations. However it can be used if required on extended offsets.
FloPlast offer a 10 year performance guarantee on all ranges on the condition that the installation is correct as per FloPlast guidelines and is subject to a site visit. A 10 year guarantee against discolouration is offered for Black, Brown, White, Grey and Anthracite Grey with a 20 year guarantee for the Cast Iron effect.
It is not necessary to make any allowance for expansion between offset bends.
FloPlast’s domestic eaves gutters, especially when fixed with a rafter bracket, should be fitted at a gradient no greater than 1:350 fall. The gradient should not be too steep, as this will cause an excessive gap between the lowest edge of the roof and the top of the gutter. Gutters fitted with a fall will have a higher drainage capacity, please refer to our flow rate calculator.
FloPlast have an extensive range of adaptors. Use the 2 piece adaptor RD5.
FloPlast manufactures FloGuard, which prevents both debris and leaves collecting on the inside of the gutters – balloons are also available, for added protection in the outlets.
FloPlast have a range of adaptors for most applications, please refer to our section on rainwater adaptors and download our compatibility table.
Please refer to our section on downpipe adaptors.
FloPlast supply a universal rise a fall bracket which comes complete with a spike to set into the mortar between brick work. This fittings then allows you to fix a fascia bracket to that.
Alternatively, FloPlast also supply rafter brackets which fix straight onto the side or top of a rafter and again allows you to fix a fascia bracket to them.
A flow rate calculator is available on our website here – alternatively please contact 01795 431731 to speak to our technical department.
You need to connect two 112.5* offset bends together to make a swan neck bend.
At the first instance the union bracket would need to be inspected. One of the issues could be incorrect installation, this could result in the gutter pulling out of the union bracket.
Also, if the gutter is not installed up to the correct marking on the fitting to allow for expansion & contraction again the gutter can pull out of the fitting.
A maximum of 20% is recycled plastics as per British Standards. FloPlast gutter is fully recyclable after use.
Tests have shown that expansion and contraction of gutter occurs during normal usage, and expansion tolerances are allowed for within our fittings.
Tests were conducted between -8ºC and +40ºC where an expansion of 14.63mm was experienced over a 4 metre length.
These are obvious extremes, and under normal daily temperature fluctuations expansion and contraction will be in the region of 10mm per 4 metre length.
Height at front – 30mm
Height at rear – 107mm
Depth – 300mm
Width – 310mm
Width including screw fixing – 335mm
Screwhole centreline – 315mm
Cut out area – 100mm X 145mm
Width – 280mm
Depth from wall including fixing lugs – 170mm
Depth of actual hopper – 185mm
Height at front – 170mm
Height at back – 180mm
Width of actual hopper – 300mm
Width including fixing lugs – 325mm
Depth – 215mm
Height – 255mm
Width of actual hopper – 300mm
Width including fixing lugs – 365mm
Depth – 150mm
Height – 230mm
The FC50 is a 12 gauge X 50mm stainless steel screw, with a 12mm, 12 point star head that requires a socket to tighten it. When using these fixings to install the RH4 & RH5 Hoppers, we advise that a 25mm rubber washer is used.
This is because the pre-made screw hole in the hopper is quite large and there is a chance that the screw head could twist and go through the hole.
In general, Gutter Fascia Brackets should be a maximum of 1m apart. However, different profiles and downpipe configurations present other design considerations. Please see our Rainwater installation video for more information:
65mm Square downpipe:
RCS1 – 32mm
RCS2 – 4mm
RCS3 – 32mm
68mm Round downpipe:
RC1 – 29mm
RC3 – 30mm
RC4 – 13mm
50mm Round downpipe:
RCM1 – 20mm
80mm Round downpipe:
RCH3 – 23mm
Please refer to our section on Flow Rates for more information.
|Black||Jet Black||RAL 9005|
|White||Signal White||RAL 9003|
|Brown||Mahogany Brown||RAL 8016|
|Cast Iron||Cast Iron (Black)||RAL 9005|
|Anthracite||Graphite Grey||RAL 7024|
Systems that are available are:
76mm Miniflo Half Round
112mm Half Round
114mm Square Line
110mm Niagara (Ogee)
115mm Hi-Cap (Deep Flow)
RH1/ RHS1 – 1.14 lts/sec = 54.5 sq/mts of roof
RH4 – 2.18 lts/sec = 104.5 sq/mts of roof
RH5 – 2.18 lts/sec = 104.5 sq/mts of roof
RHH1 – 1.66 lts/sec = 79.5 sq/mts of roof
Floguard can be used with Half Round, Squareline & Hi Cap.
FloPlast recommend the use of silicone spray/ lubricant on all gutter installations.
All fittings with seals in need silicone lubricant to assist with the insertion of the gutter.
Washing up liquid would not be suitable for this as it can be detrimental to the rubber seals in the fittings.
Downpipe clips should be placed below the sockets of offset bends, joints, branches and shoes, and at maximum intervals of 1.8 mtrs.
For 2 hole fixing use 25mm x 5mm non-ferrous round head screws 1 hole fixing use 40mm x 5mm non-ferrous round head screws. Counter sunk screws can be used as long as that during installation care is taken not to overtighten, particularly when using power tools.