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Project1_Layout 1 07/05/2013 RAINWATER SYSTEMS Steel rainwater: making its way into the mainstream market John Coe, commercial director of Alumasc Water Management Solutions, says the versatility, durability and cost-effectiveness of steel rainwater systems is making it the rising star in the UK rainwater market Gutters and downpipes are amongst the unsung heroes of a building. They work unobtrusively but effectively to capture and channel rainwater in a controlled and safe manner. Yet, few residential or commercial property owners notice or think about rainwater systems, or take time to consider how gutters and downpipes can transform and add value to their buildings. However, building owners are now more demanding than ever. They want every aspect of construction or renovation to be durable and longlasting, with the barest minimum of maintenance, and they look for components that contribute to the overall aesthetic of the building too. This is driving a growing number of contractors and specifiers to metal rainwater systems, particularly steel. Property developers and specifiers are realising the benefits in performance, colour choice, and long trouble-free life of metal solutions compared with plastic. Metal rainwater is robust, sustainable and can add a unique visual appeal to a finished building by highlighting architectural detail or adding accent colour that match other features. The versatility of steel rainwater means it can suit a contemporary or an industrial look on both commercial and domestic properties, as well as offering many practical benefits for contractors and installers. And with the cost of steel similar to plastic, it is a true alternative, making little difference to the overall cost of the project. Steel: the practical, reliable choice Steel, like other metal rainwater systems are designed to perform in extreme conditions and temperatures, resisting thermal expansion and contraction, and ensuring minimal movement. So, the systems last longer, require less maintenance, and are quieter. Steel rainwater is also lightweight and easy to install – a dry joint system removes the need for additional silicone sealant, and the gutter lengths and angles are jointed with EPDM rubber sealed connectors for fast and watertight installation. Steel will not crack or corrode, and its strength makes it naturally more resistant to damage. The robust nature of the material itself means some steel rainwater systems come with a 15-year product warranty – offering peace of mind to specifiers, installers, and commercial and residential property owners. It is also 100% recyclable. In a climate where we are experiencing more flash floods and extreme weather, highcapacity, deep-flow gutters are rapidly becoming 086 MARCH 2018 RCIMAG.COM Commercial director John Coe an essential part of the building envelope to help channel persistent, high-volume rainfall effectively, efficiently and safely away. The gutter angle of steel rainwater is ‘deep drawn’ and one piece for greater flow capacity, while larger inlet funnels ensure a higher flow. The stylish choice In addition to its many practical and performance benefits, steel rainwater gives specifiers and contractors greater scope to enhance the overall look of their buildings. For example, contemporary profiles that blend into the roofline or using imaginative colour and design for a look that stands out for all the right reasons and complements the character of the building. The strong trend in the use of colour in commercial properties has now caught on with residential buildings. In the last ten years windows and doors of all materials – timber, aluminium, PVC, steel and composites - have been offering a growing choice of colour because the demand is growing strongly. Anthracite grey steel gutters and downpipes, for example, are becoming popular for a modern look, matching Steel rainwater in Anthracite Grey the demand for anthracite grey windows and doors. With steel, there is a wide colour palette for both traditional and contemporary projects, so the rainwater system works seamlessly with other features of the building. Contemporary designs can use a striking moss green or copper brown, while other projects suit the traditional look of plain galvanised steel. Steel gives the additional reassurance of colour-security for the life of the product. The galvanised look or powder-coated colour finish won’t fade in UV light or need repainting. The best choice Steel rainwater systems provide all the benefits of a metal system, but without the price tag. It is a true cost-effective alternative to PVC-U systems. Specifiers and property developers can express their creativity to enhance the style of a building, contractors benefit from easier and quicker installations, while property owners and property managers benefit from long-lasting peace of mind. www.alumascrainwater.co.uk Steel rainwater is suited to domestic and commercial projects Steel rainwater close-up


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