A Beginners Guide to Rainwater Goods

Steel is the most affordable and initially cost effective of the metal rainwater ranges and it makes for a smart, stylish and contemporary rainwater system.

Galvanised Steel Case Study Image - Former Dorville Hotel, now luxury appartments

Strength & Durability
  • Steel is stronger than PVCu and when installed creates a more robust system.
  • Rainclear’s galvanized steel guttering will resist thermal expansion and contraction providing greater joint integrity – ideal in the UK where the weather variations really test the gutter joints.
  • Rainclear’s steel range is 20% deeper than other steel systems available and much deeper than most PVCu gutters offering greater holding capacity and better flow / discharge rates.
  • The product carries a manufacturer’s guarantee of 15 years although life expectancy should be 20 to 25 years.
Maintenance

Regular maintenance of all metal guttering is highly recommended but need not be arduous:

  • Clear out hoppers, outlets, angles and gutter lengths regularly to keep these free from debris.
  • Regularly inspect for any signs of deterioration. Ensure joints and fixing points are sealed and not leaking and that brackets are secure.
  • Always place ladders against structures and NOT the rainwater system.
  • Clean external visible surfaces regularly to maintain aesthetic appearance.
Installation
  • Rainclear’s steel system is dry-jointed with rubber lined union connectors so there is no need for silicone.
  • Steel is lightweight and easy to handle, 3m long lengths help quick installation.
  • It can be installed by a professional or an experienced DIYer.
  • Rainclear’s range of bracketry has been developed specifically for the UK market.
Style & Finish

Galvanised Steel Half-Round Profile in plain, uncoated Galv, Anthracite Grey, Dusty Grey, Antique White, Sepia Brown and Black.

  • Rainclear’s stocked ranges come in a half round profile, finished in either plain galvanised, black, anthracite grey, dusty grey, white or sepia brown powder coated and
  • Other colours are available upon request.
Eco-friendly & sustainable?
  • The lifetime value of steel is high as it lasts such a long time.
  • Steel is also 100% recyclable saving landfill space and conserving natural resources.
Guide Price

Based on standard 115mm, half round, plain uncoated Galvanised Steel gutter our guide price is £18.48 for a 3m galvanised gutter length. (including our current £15% Online Discount 06/18)

N.B. From July 2018 it will be just £16.31 per 3m length with the incredible 25% OFF SUMMER STEEL DEAL.

Who does it suit?

Rainclear steel has been used on both contemporary and traditional style buildings. Its modern style adds character to most types of build.


COPPER

Copper Case Study image, West Scotland
Strength & Durability

Copper protects itself by forming a patina that ensures an exceptionally long product life span of 100+ years.

Installation

No special skills are required to install the copper guttering. The clever design makes installation simple. No soldering, riveting or messy silicone.

Style & Finish

Left to age naturally copper guttering will start to mellow within weeks, changing through various shades of brown and bronze until eventually forming a green / blue patina unique to copper. The time taken for the patina process to start depends on the location of your property, local weather conditions, distance from the sea and other forms of acidic pollution. It may be a more expensive choice initially, but its beauty, durability and recycle-ability – reducing environmental impact – makes it the more cost-effective choice as the long-term advantages far outweigh the initial outlay.

Eco-friendly & sustainable?

Copper is sustainable, it is 100% recyclable with most mined copper still in use today, reducing its environmental impact. Copper guttering is particularly suited for use in conjunction with a copper roof as a means of rainwater harvesting. It acts as an algaecide and fungicide, keeping growths such as moss and lichen to a minimum, therefore keeping gutters clear. Also, it mildly disinfects the water, which is great for putting on plants as it has a balanced pH and is free from chemicals such as chlorine. You get more suds when washing the car and it makes car and window washing smear-free (the streaks and dots are limescale).

Guide Price

Based on standard 115mm, half round profile, our current guide price is £56.38 per 3m length
(including our current £40% Online Discount 06/18)

Who does it suit?

Copper has been used on both contemporary and traditional style buildings. Its distinct appearance; bright, shiny, warm orange gradually dulling to dark brown over 7 years and then turning to Verdigris over 20 years, adds a specific architectural and a real ‘eco’ statement to most types of building.

Maintenance

It is a wonderfully low-maintenance option for guttering systems as it will not require painting or cleaning (if you are happy to allow it to patina with age) other than the removal of debris that may fall into the guttering

  • Always place ladders against structures and NOT the rainwater system
  • Check annually to ensure fixing points on brackets remain secure and joints are still sealed
  • Do not clean external surfaces abrasively to retain initial shine. The natural patina (a slow oxidisation of the outer molecular surface) creates its own protection against UV rays, heat, wind & water and should not be avoided.

QUARTZ ZINC

Pre-weathered zinc roof/gutters over contemporary oak framed new build property Case Study Image - gslsouthern.com
Strength & Durability

Over time, Zinc forms a thin layer called a ‘patina’. This patina covers the material and protects it from weather elements, such as sun, wind and water but the change is practically invisible. It is immune to the harmful effects of UV rays. a lifespan of nearly 100 years

Installation

Lightweight and easy to install. No special skills required. The clever design makes it simple. We have produced some brief videos explaining things like gluing in the stopends. You can find it and others on Rainclearsys - You Tube:  http://bit.ly/RCUTube

Style & Finish

Choosing Zinc as a rainwater solution is stylish statement for those after a different, unique finish that will maintain a striking appearance. The ‘quartz’ zinc we have chosen to stock has the colour and texture of ‘pre-weathered’ zinc.

Eco-friendly & sustainable?

There is no shortage of zinc as a resource and in addition it can be 100% recycled at end of life.    Many customers today want to lower their carbon footprint and reduce their impact on the planet. Zinc offers this

Guide Price

Based on standard 115mm, half round profile, our current guide price is £61.46 per 3m length
(including our current £40% Online Discount 25/06/18)

Who does it suit?

Quartz Zinc has been used on both contemporary and traditional style buildings. Its distinct appearance; a dark and textured gun-metal grey, adds a specific architectural and eco statement to most types of building. It is ideal if you live in an exposed location or by the coast. Its hard-wearing properties mean Zinc will last up to 50 years even in this most testing environment.

Maintenance

Requiring no decoration or cleaning, just the removal of debris that may fall into the guttering, makes it suitable for commercial, civic and residential buildings.

  • Always place ladders against structures and not the rainwater system
  • Check annually to ensure fixing points on brackets remain secure and joints are still sealed
  • Do not clean external surfaces abrasively. The Quartz zinc is pre-weathered and the natural texture of its patina (a slow oxidisation of the outer surface at the molecular level) creates its own protection against UV rays, heat, wind & water.

For more information on Galvanised Steel, Copper or Zinc Rainwater Goods or advice on finding a local installer get in touch with the team on 0800 644 44 28 or email info@infinityguttering.co.uk