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RAINWATER & GREYWATER PRODUCTS 47


RIGHT AS RAIN


Rainwater systems might not be seen as the most exciting part of a project, but as well as playing a critical role in safeguarding a home from the elements, they also make a real difference to its aesthetics. Hayley Lowry of Brett Martin explains.


protection possible from heavy or constant rainfall. Adequate allowance must be made to prevent rainwater and moisture from entering the property and building fabric, as condensation and damp will severely compromise its strength, durability and longevity.


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THERE IS NOW A STRONG CASE FOR COST-EFFECTIVE HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTS MADE FROM PLASTIC


In the past, rainwater systems were not normally considered as stylistic elements of a building, and were usually specified to blend in discreetly. However, recent trends show that they can make for a distinct feature of a building, or enhance other key building features or colour tones. Ensuring


high quality rainwater system is a crucial element of every home, and should provide the maximum


the right products are used can make a significant difference in terms of the time taken to install them, their overall performance, and of course the way they look when in place. For modern homes, PVCu often wins the day for its versatility, low cost and ease of installation. However, some contemporary-style homes opt for steel and aluminium for their sleek, streamlined looks. In traditionally styled homes, the cast iron look is usually favoured, although copper can be an option, particularly in barn conversions.


CLASSIC LOOKS To meet the growing industry need for cost-effective, high-quality products that deliver proven performance over the long term, there is now a strong case for high-performance rainwater systems made from plastic. Offering affordability, ease of installation, durability and low maintenance, new and innovative gutter and pipework systems can offer a traditional appearance without the price tag of cast iron. At a fraction of the price to buy,


install and maintain, they can replace an aluminium or cast iron rainwater specification to help with budgets and meeting schedules – exceeding both the builder’s and the client’s expectations. Real cast iron products are heavy and time consuming to work with as they need to be cut to size using grinders before being primed, sealed and finished on site. Manufactured with modern plastic materials, lightweight rainwater systems are quicker, easier and safer to install, helping to offer huge efficiencies in terms of onsite installation costs. Once installed, these rainwater systems are low maintenance when compared to cast iron, as they aren’t vulnerable to rusting or corrosion, and do not require regular sanding, priming or repainting to protect them from the elements.


COLOUR IT GREY


Once associated with gloomy, bad weather, the modern and fresh anthracite grey colour has become a growing trend, offering the perfect neutral tone to any project, being compatible with many other colours and


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