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Rainwater Products


Don’t save it for a rainy day


Marley Alutec’s Tony Wereszczynski explains why landlords shouldn’t waste time when choosing rainwater and eaves systems and discusses the new industry standard relevant to the sector and the most recent technical advancements and trends in rainwater products.


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pecifying rainwater and eaves systems may not be a top priority for housing providers, but these solutions play a crucial role in retaining the structural integrity of a building. Overlooking their


importance could result in costly repairs in the long term. However, with the right guidance and technical support, these systems can not only be specified and maintained correctly, but also contribute to a property’s overall aesthetics.


Material selection


The three key factors to keep in mind when choosing rainwater and eaves systems are durability, cost efficiency and aesthetics. In order to ensure all these are covered it’s especially important to consider the choice of material the solutions are made of. Typically, rainwater systems are PVC, cast-iron or aluminium. The most


affordable option is a PVC system. Despite its low upfront cost however, this type of solution would require replacing at least twice during a building’s lifetime.


“Covering all metal gutter systems, the new standard ensures they meet a core strength test giving complete peace of mind to specifiers”


The more durable, albeit expensive systems are those made of cast iron.


While they are bound to last longer without requiring a replacement, these systems are extremely maintenance-intensive. Perhaps the best of both worlds is offered by high-quality marine grade aluminium systems, some of which can last at least 50 years with little to no maintenance.


Aesthetics


Beyond cost and maintenance considerations however, aesthetics must also come in to the mix, as rainwater and eaves systems


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