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“Strong stuff, not easy to fit”

Written on: 24/10/2012

It's very annoying to be told that a product is well designed and easy to install, if it isn't. I have had Lindab's steel guttering three times now, twice on rise and fall brackets for stonework, and once for a fascia. The product is expensive and the quality looks amazing. I don't think they have thought through the needs of the UK market, though. Using the R&F brackets (they are massively strong and heavy, as they should be, for the price) there is lots of scope for adjustment so not too many problems. Fixing to a vertical fascia which already has roof sheets overhanging it by an inch or two is something else. When standing on a ladder, it is near impossible to snap the gutter into the fascia brackets (type KFK)as the rolled front edge is so strong. I rigged up a clamp, but the gutter was being permanently deformed by the clamp and still it would not go in. The eventual solution is luggage straps - to compress the gutter by 20mm right along each 3m length before offering it to the brackets. Lindab do make another type of bracket (SSK) which opens at the front, but beware of this - on a vertical fascia you may only be able to use one screw, as the screwhead gets in the way. The company appears to know there is a problem. I spoke to the sales rep and he knew exactly what the problem is, his only suggestion was to set the brackets out on spacers, which in fairness does help, but what a PITN. The company's fails to answer emailed enquiries and one email to the sales address even bounced back undeliverable, something which I found hard to believe. Great product Lindab, shame about the service and some of the details.

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