White RAL 9016 Galvanised Steel rainwater system components

NEW White Added to Infinity Galvanised Steel Rainwater Range

A NEW White (9016) colour has been added to the durable, affordable and sustainable Infinity Galvanised Steel rainwater system - The future of roofline!

White RAL 9016 Galvanised Steel rainwater system components

Infinity is innovatively designed to be as easy to install as the usual materials used in the UK without the need to solder or rivet. Lengths are just as easy to handle and to cut to size without any specialist tools or equipment.

Originally available in

 

  • plain Galvanised Steel - which gradually dulls from burnished to dark grey;
  • Copper - which gradually dulls from burnished, to dark brown and eventually in 20 years to the green/blue patina it is famous for;
  • Quartz Zinc - which is already patinaed so will retain its dark grey pre-weathered appearance; #
  • and in Black, Anthracite Grey, Dusty Grey, Sepia Brown and RAL 9002M, so called 'grey white, but which was a kind of 'porcelain' or ‘antique’ white.

Now we have introduced a NEW RAL 9016M White - which we expect will be popular with uPVC installers who want to be able to offer their customers a premium option - a longer-lasting, and more sustainable, ocean/eco-friendly alternative to buying more plastic in this post ‘blue planet II’ era.

To launch the new colour, we're offering a whopping -40%OFF the White guttering, downpipes and fittings in May/June 2019.

White RAL 9016 Galvanised Steel gutter in situ on a white conservatory

So, get in touch now or a quote, a take off, a flow calculation or a steel sample box and start offering your customers something EXTRA!

call 0800 644 44 28 or email info@infinityguttering.co.uk

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P.S.

See what The Alliance of Sustainable Building Products had to say about plastics in construction  - from its fossil fuel origins, to the plastic industry’s neglect of ‘nurdle’ loss in the transportation of plastic (one100m stretch of beach in Cornwall having an estimated 10m nurdles, and 93% of our beaches having plastic nurdles on them) and that it’s estimated only 14% of plastics are collected to be recycled -  “we must start to switch away”. https://asbp.org.uk/healthybuildings2019 [Accessed 09/04/19].

And The Considerate Constructor’s Scheme - The plastic industry could account for 20% of the world’s total oil consumption and 15% of the annual carbon budget. The production of plastic is reliant on fossil fuels which emit greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. The degradation of plastic also generates hazardous toxins.  More than 99% of plastics are produced from non-renewable resources. http://www.ccscheme.org.uk/publications/spotlighton/plasticsandpackaging/2/ [Accessed 09/04/19]

And also, on the sustainability of Galvanised Steel, from The Galvanizers Association - “Galvanizing is probably the most environmentally friendly process available to prevent corrosion. Manufactured from the most abundant element on earth, iron, steel can be recycled or reused endlessly without detriment to its properties. Some 86% of steel is recycled and 13% is dismantled and used directly for new structures.” https://www.galvanizing.org.uk/sustainable-construction/galvanizing-is-sustainable/ [Accessed 09/04/19]

Infinity Galvanised Steel cutting the gutter to fit a wrap-around Outlet Blog Featured Image

Fitting the Wrap-around Outlet – Gutter Cutting Guide

How to cut the Steel Gutter when fitting a running outlet – including a cutting guide to download and print off:

The options

Prefabricated outlet

You can choose to use the prefabricated outlet and save yourself any cutting…

fig001 - White Steel Pre-fabricated Outlet
fig001 - White Steel Pre-fabricated Outle

But you may need to buy an extra gutter union as this’ll need one on either side (unless it’s at the end of a run and is finished/closed off with a stop-end). And it is a little more expensive than the wrap-around outlet.

Wrap-Around Outlet

The wrap-around outlet gives you the greatest flexibility as it can be placed anywhere along any gutter length.

fig002 - Galvanised Steel Wrap-around Outlet
fig002 - Galvanised Steel Wrap-around Outlet

Innovatively designed to be as easy to install as the usual materials used in the UK without the need to solder or rivet, lengths are just as easy to handle and to cut to size without any specialist tools or equipment. Afterall, the hacksaw was originally designed for cutting metal.

Download Cutting Guide

You can choose to download a cutting guide we prepared for you to pint off, cut out and draw around on the gutter - just follow this link to the Downloads Page

fig003 - screenshot of half the Cutting Guide Template PDF
fig003 - screenshot of half the Cutting Guide Template PDF

But you can choose to measure, mark and ‘freehand’ draw the oval in pencil on the gutter surface. Just follow the instructions in the below video (or the instructions in the written video transcript).

Video Transcript

  1. Remove protective film from gutters (and pipes)
    N.B. Galvanised steel must be cut cold. So do not use an angle grinder or spinning blade. Only use a hacksaw, tin snips or a nibbler.
  2. Mark the gutter at the centre point ('A') where the downpipe needs to join the gutter for it to drop to the underground drainage immediately below it
  3. Fit the Outlet on the Gutter centred on mark ‘A’.
    N.B. If you're using the downloaded and printed cutting guide, skip to no.5 now
  4. Mark the Gutter on the outer edges of the Outlet, on the left and the right-hand sides.
    Mark the Gutter again 19mm inwards from these original (B&C) markings.
  5. Measure and mark 50 mm up from the gutter edge to the front and to the back (D&E)
    Combine with the inner left & right markings (B&C) to mark a circle/oval on the gutter.
    (Or you can use the downloaded & printed off PDF cutting guide
    Download it from bit.ly/IGSCut_Guide
    Cut out on the 100, 125 or 150mm line place on the Gutter to use as a template to draw around centred on the original ‘A’ mark and between the 50mm up from the gutter front and back (D&E) marks
  6. Saw through the middle of the marked area with a hacksaw (through mark 'A') deep enough to make an opening for the tin snips to get started
  7. Next, you'll cut out the area inside the marks with the tin snips. It helps to 'dent' one side of the cut with the snips.
    Cut in a spiral, gradually cutting further outwards until you finally reach the marked outline.
  8. ‘Seam’ (bend) the edges back (into the Outlet) with flat pliers. (You can also use a soft hammer to ‘seam’ the inner edges after fitting the Outlet)
  9. Fit the Outlet on the Gutter.
    Centre the cut-out inside the Outlet.
    Secure by wrapping Outlet rear flaps over the rear edge of the Gutter, first by hand, and then with the pliers
    You can also use a soft hammer to ‘seam’ the inner edges after fitting the Outlet.

 

For more information contact our friendly, knowledgeable team on 0800 644 44 28 from 8am-5pm Mon-Fri or email info@infinityguttering.co.uk

Stylish and sustainable, recyclable and long-lasting – galvanised and colour coated steel – #BeTheChange

The Infinity Galvanised Steel range offers customers a sustainable and eco-friendly choice without compromising on good looks and durability. The manufacturers of Infinity supply, buy and use sustainable and ‘long life’ goods in the production of this rainwater system. Waste heat in the production process is recycled to heat the production facilities and water emissions are reduced to 0%, with all water being recycled within their plants. Cardboard packaging is recycled as filling to protect products in onward deliveries. At the end of its useful life (the manufacturer offers a 15year warranty) the rainwater system is easy to uninstall and recycle.

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“Since the BBC’s Blue Planet II, the UK has woken up to the problem of plastic. The construction industry is the second largest user of plastic (after packaging), with 20% of plastic waste coming from the construction sector,”
[https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/plastics-construction-asbp/51923/ Accessed 14/02/19]

 

“The impacts …of our use of plastic in construction …span across the whole life cycle from extraction, manufacturing, to toxicity and fire e.g. hydrogen cyanide - and continue through to end of life.”
[http://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/event_detail.php?eId=635#.XGWLBqDgqUk Accessed 14/02/19]

 

And these impacts are now about to be accelerated through an increase in demand for housing in the UK.

 

We’re not saying we all need to live in a ‘plastic-free’ built environment, we’re just promoting galvanised steel rainwater as a more sustainable choice and also asking the question: ‘When it comes to guttering, can construction be persuaded to kick its plastics habit?’

Gillian Hobbs, director of resource efficiency at the Building Research Establishment (BRE): “…just because a product says it is recyclable doesn’t mean it will be recycled…. it is heavily reliant on fossil fuels for manufacture and its durability is paradoxically also its downfall: plastic that ends up in landfill is likely to take several centuries to decompose and some plastics release harmful chemicals into the soil, damaging water sources.”

  • 198,000 tonnes: the plastic waste from construction in Europe in 2016
  • 85,000 tonnes: the amount that was mechanically recycled

[http://www.constructionmanagermagazine.com/insight/how-can-construction-kick-its-plastics-habit/ Accessed 14/02/19]

 

Richard Thompson - marine ecologist: “We’ve done a lot of work making sure plastic does its job, but very little amount of work on what happens to that product at the end of its lifetime.
I’m not saying plastics are the enemy, but there is a lot the industry can do to help solve the problem…simply avoiding unnecessary uses of the stuff, are the long-term solutions to the plastic waste problem.”
[https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/plastic-planet-waste-pollution-trash-crisis/ Accessed 14/02/19]

 

When it comes to guttering and downpipes, whether your motivation is saving the environment or saving money, there are alternatives, including Galvanised Steel which:

  • Offers minimal thermal movement compared to plastic (which can move and crack causing leaks)
  • Has a life expectancy of 25 years
  • Comes in 4 sizes to cope with different roof sizes and the prevailing local rainfall
  • While the plain galvanised material is not recommended for projects in coastal regions where salt water can have a corrosive reaction, in these instances, simply choose one of the 5 stocked robust colour coated options
  • Or choose a bespoke colour! Lead-times will be longer and varying surcharges will apply - but your colour options then become almost limitless.

 

The innovative design and superior fittings in the Infinity Galvanised steel rainwater system makes it an easy choice over its closest rivals

  • No riveting required (which could lead to a greater potential for corrosion)
  • Greater weight/thickness of material leading to greater stability and a longer life
  • 20% deeper for better rainwater flow capacity in our worsening weather
  • Our bead connector, push-on stopends and Gutter connector - both with EPMD rubber seal - make installation simpler and also add to greater stability.

 

Steel Sample Box

But you can judge for yourself. Get in touch and we will send out a sample box with a short length of our Infinity Galvanised Steel gutter, fascia bracket, push-on stopend, and gutter union with ‘Z’ clip closure & security tab.

 

For advice on finding a local installer, or more information about the Infinity Quart Zinc Rainwater System – just get in touch with the friendly, knowledgeable team at Infinity on 0800 644 44 28 or email info@infinityguttering.co.uk

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P.S. Nurdles: The problem, solutions and how the construction industry can play a role - Please ask your old plastic guttering supplier to take your guttering away and to be responsible for recycling their plastic products. Please ask your current plastic gutter supplier, if you are still considering plastic guttering, to demonstrate to you that they, and their plastic supplier, have done all they can to eliminate spillages and loss of plastic 'nurdles' into the environment throughout their transportion, storage and manufacturing processes.
READ MORE about nurdles and the issues with them here https://www.nurdlehunt.org.uk/whats-the-problem.html

Uni-Prop®, the NEW temporary steel support system, in place of the old acrow

Uni-Prop® is an innovative now adjustable steel building support offering controlled, hydraulic power (of up to two tonnes) and avoiding the damage to brick, tile and plaster around it that is the inevitable consquence of the necessity to repeatedly, manually ‘strike’ the collars of traditional acrows to aquire the same final pressure, which then requires expensive and time-consuming remedial work adding (now) unnecessary risk, delay and cost to renovation projects. 

This video clip demonstrate much more clearly what we have tried to describe:

Image of manually stricking the collar piece of a tradiational Acrow Prop

Featured on the video, Jeremy Walsham, Director of Footings Direct, Colchester also told us.

“Striking the traditional prop collar (tightening piece) to apply the final upwards pressure, obviously then creates unnecessary movement in the brick that you’re trying to support, displaces bricks, tiles crack in the bathroom upstairs, there’s cracks coming down the wall, and doesn’t really give you that confidence in (the) pressure, but the new Uni-Prop® does. It gives so much pressure under the joists and because you’re not ‘bang, bang, banging’ at the fastening collar, you don’t get any movements, brakes or displacement. We’ve taken out all our stock and replaced them with these.  It’s time to replace the old acrow!

Until you see and use it onsite and realise the confidence it gives you to implement big steels, and sure-up big supporting walls, and the ease of use – you might not believe it. The guys had one run though of the hydraulic unit and got it immediately.”

The key innovation and facilitator of this added safety, time and extra-work-reliever is the detachable hydraulic assembly. It is the addition of this feature that makes Uni-Prop so special and sets it apart from existing devices that are used on virtually every building site everywhere.

UPMIDICP3 - A contractors pack combining he Uni-Prop® Mini - Equivalent of Acrow size 0 and a hydraulic Ram offering an extra discount
Above: The Uni-Prop® Mini - Equivalent of Acrow size 0 - in a 'Contractors Pack' to offer extra discount on the buildingproducts-online.co.uk website

Managing Director at Uni-Prop, David Marr commented,

“Uni-Prop has been in development for three years and our resulting solution is a global first in terms of hydraulic assisted temporary support.”

Online purchases in the UK can be made via our building materials partners, Buildingproducts-online.co.uk, who are currently offering a free 30 day trial for a limited time for trade customers and a 90 day money back guarantee so you can ‘try before you buy’.

The Uni-Prop® family of products consist the of equivalent of Acrow sizes 0, 1 & 2: the Uni-Prop® Mini, Midi & Maxi plus the Hydraulic Assembly Ram. In addition, you’ll also find on the buildingproducts-online.co.uk website, they’ve helpfully put together combinations of ‘contractors packs’ with extra discounts based on the size of packs you purchase – so it’s worth looking at those to make extra savings overall.

Marty Sheldrake, a Builder from Woodbridge, having used the Uni-Prop gave this appraisal

“Once builders have used it, they’ll use it time and time again. In just one use, Uni-Prop had more than paid for itself. Don’t hesitate to get this for your business.”

Finally, here’s a quick clip of the Uni-Prop® in action on site being used to position a Steel (excuse the quick flash of slight builder’s cleavage – not the worst example we’ve ever seen!;)

 

Tradesman on site using Uni-Prop

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To talk to sombody about the Uni-Prop® – just get in touch with Charlie Cutforth 0800 644 44 28 or email info@infinityguttering.co.uk

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Quartz Zinc Rainwater System – the sustainable architectural choice

Infinity is delighted to watch how well our Quartz Zinc rainwater system is selling, as we recognise how it can contribute to green and sustainable building design and a differentiating architectural aesthetic.

 

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Firstly, few other options are as low energy intensive (its relatively low melting point requires significantly less energy to process), as abundant as a resource, and has an extraction process that avoids strip mining meaning less land is disturbed and any environmental damage is minimised.

Plus, with two- thirds of zinc manufactured worldwide being used for flashings and rainwater goods and zinc roofing and wall cladding also becoming attention grabbing design elements – you are in good company in considering Zinc to be an attractive proposition – in more ways than one.

Zinc forms a natural grey protective patina that can be pre-weathered as in the case of our ‘Quartz Zinc’. This patina is self-healing and insoluble to rainwater. As an exposed and highly visible part of the building its beautiful patina is an enhancing characteristic many architects and professional builders are seeking to include in their building design.

In the UK our developers still favour PVCu gutters and downpipes, whereas in Europe steel, zinc and copper are the materials of choice. PVCu is chosen over zinc mainly due the initial cost, however, when you look at the ‘whole life’, long-term costs - spread out over the buildings expected lifespan - zinc actually performs incredibly well on cost and is also obviously considerably more aesthetically pleasing than PVCu.

Zinc allows for both contemporary and traditional aesthetics and a respect for the environment.

What makes zinc the right choice for your build or refurb project?

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Stand out from the crowd yet fit in perfectly with nature with a zinc rainwater management system:

  • 100% recyclable - can be recycled indefinitely – recycling of zinc is a well-established industry and scrap zinc generated is easily recovered and sold on – commonly reused in galvanising or fabricating industries
  • Environmentally friendly in extraction and energy efficient & sustainable in production
  • Safe - it is a totally natural product
  • Life expectancy of more than 100 years - Non-ferrous so will not rust, highly resistant to corrosion in any environment, self-healing, will not fade, chip or peel - build for generations to come
  • Part of the beauty of zinc is its natural colouration so no additional paints, sprays or other treatment is ever needed. Sea salt can result in lighter or streaked colour appearing - in seaside locations regular rinsing with fresh water may be required
  • Compatible woods for run off into zinc gutters include: pine, spruce, scotch pine and poplar. Non-compatible woods are: larch, oak, chestnut, red cedar, Douglas fir, white cedar and all woods with a pH less than 5
  • Little or no maintenance required over the life-time of the product and even no replacement required over the lifetime of the building
  • Any competent DIY enthusiast or contractor can install this system with no specialist tools or training. The 3m gutter lengths and 1, 2 or 3m downpipe lengths makes for swift installation and the clever design features makes installation simple - the innovative Infinity Quartz Zinc rainwater system includes:
    • Glue-in stop-ends – so no need to solder the end of a run of guttering – We’ve a short video for guidance watch here
    • Gutter Union/Connector with EPMD rubber seal – so no brazing, soldering or messy silicone sealant where the 3metre gutter lengths meet
    • Wraparound outlets – so no brazing or soldering where the gutter meets the downpipe
    • Downpipes and bends have swaged necks, so slot together simply, allowing quick install without the requirement for glue or solder
    • Stainless steel nails and screws can be used

 

What is a Quarts Zinc rainwater system likely to cost?

With the current offer of 40% Off Quartz Zinc, a 3-4 bedroomed detached house could cost, for example:

Zinc Cost example table 3-4 bedroomed detached house

For advice on finding a local installer, or more information about the Infinity Quart Zinc Rainwater System – just get in touch with the friendly, knowledgeable team at Infinity on 0800 644 44 28 or email info@infinityguttering.co.uk

Take another look at Copper Rainwater Systems

Copper is often overlooked or not even considered for rainwater systems in the UK.

This is in part is due to the fairly low use of Copper as a rainwater system in the UK in the past. Copper has been much more widely used in other countries and has a proven track record of longevity - almost the most durable of all materials - even exposed to harsh marine environments, or to run off from wood shingles, copper performs incredibly well. Copper is not only durable but also offers a stunning aesthetic choice which just cannot be matched by other materials.

Cost is obviously a considerable factor in choosing a rainwater system and guttering is often way down the priority list when it comes to the allocation of build cost.

Also, because the rainwater installation often comes at the end of the project, when budget pressures are most prevalent, the original allocation often ends up depleted.

However, as more and more consumers become increasingly aware of the issues around plastic, and is effect on the environment, consumers are waking up to the alternatives and looking at the long-term performance of their build as well as the long-term impact on the environment. The environmental impact goes much further than the material. Replacing your guttering frequently uses many other resources, including scaffolding, finite skilled labour, transport, waste skips and landfill which all cost money and have significant impact on the environment. So, it makes more sense to put up something that won’t need replacing for another 50years instead of in the next 5-10years and every 5-10 years after that.

Why Copper for Rainwater?

Stand out from the crowd while fitting in perfectly with nature with the addition of an eco-friendly 100% recyclable copper rainwater management system:

  • Recyclable – Much of the copper in guttering is made from recycled copper
  • Energy efficient & sustainable - Being 100% recyclable, to date only 12% of the current known reserves have ever been mined, and with 90% of copper scrap being reused
  • Safe - Because it is a totally natural product - It is the perfect complement for structures built with other natural products, such has Larch or Cedar cladding, which also change colour over the years (N.B. Iron and steel are much more susceptible to the corrosive influence of wood than Copper)
  • Antimicrobial - works as a natural biocide purifying the water to stop the build-up of algae, making it the perfect partner for your rainwater harvesting system (although harvesting for drinking water is not advised)
  • Virtually maintenance-free other than periodic cleaning out of debris – meaning Copper gutters and downpipes are suitable for both residential and civic buildings (where the H&S of maintenance staff can be an issue)
  • Long-lasting – in excess of 100years - resistant to corrosion in any environment - build for generations to come
  • Any competent DIY enthusiast or contractor can install them with no specialist tools required. The clever design makes installation simple - the innovative Infinity Copper rainwater system includes:
  • Push-fit stop-ends – so no need to solder the end of a run of guttering
  • Gutter Union/Connector with EPMD rubber seal – so no brazing, soldering or messy silicone sealant here either
  • Wraparound outlets – so no brazing or soldering where the gutter meets the downpipe
  • Downpipes and bends have swaged necks, so slot together simply, allowing quick install without the requirement for glue or solder
  • Stainless steel nails and screws can be used as they sit right beside copper on the galvanic scale
  • 3m gutter lengths and 1, 2 or 3m downpipe lengths makes for swift installation.

What Protects Copper? Oxidisation!

The initially bright finish will weather from a high sheen through a deeper reddish-brown, which gives it a ‘rustic’ look, to verdigris green. This characteristic of copper to patinate to a beautiful verdigris actually creates a protective layer over the metal beneath, reducing the speed of corrosion through the metal so much that copper can last 50-100 years even in proximity to the sea.

Weathering of copper chart

The Infinity Copper rainwater system is a deeper half round profile to allow for better flow rates even in the worst British downpour. The gutters & fittings are available in 115mm and 125mm and downpipes & their fittings come in 80mm and 100mm diameters suitable for either the average domestic property or the larger barn conversion or ‘Grand Design’ in an area of regular high rainfall.

What is a Copper rainwater system likely to cost?

With the current offer of 40% Off Copper currently available on the Rainclear website a 3-4 bedroomed detached house could cost:

for exampleExample cost oc copper system table

“I must say I was quite nervous spending close to 4K on a product sight unseen, but this is clearly a very high-quality product and can’t wait until it’s installed... The components are solid and beautifully manufactured.
Top notch. I have also been impressed by the follow up calls... It’s been a pleasure dealing with your company.
Thank you,
Roy”

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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

A guide to gluing Zinc Stopends

The Infinity Zinc rainwater system is available next day in 115mm and 125mm deep half round profile and in 80mm round downpipes. Other sizes are available with a longer leadtime and with prices available on request.
Over time, Zinc forms a thin layer called a ‘patina’. This patina covers the material and protects it from weather elements, such as heat, wind and water. It is utterly immune to the harmful effects of UV rays. This hard-wearing property means Zinc will last up to 50 years even in the most testing environments. The ‘Quartz’ Zinc system Rainclear stock already has the appearance of ‘pre-weathered’ Zinc.

Lightweight and easy to install

  • The gutter lengths can either be glued together or use our EPMD lined Union-connectors. There is no welding, soldering.
  • Wrap-around gutter outlets offer downpipe positioning flexibility.
  • Swaged-necked downpipes and fittings simply slot together.
  • The Zinc system comes with downpipe brackets that require galvanised M10 screws to secure them in place. The M10 screws need to be ordered separately from the brackets, at either 100mm, 140mm or 200mm lengths system.
  • The Zinc stop ends need to be glued in with the high-tech adhesive (applicable on damp surfaces, UV-resistant, solvent-free, extremely high bond strength,) we supply. This is still a simple and proven method.

A short video demonstration always makes an explanation much clearer and easier to understand, so we put one together for you below.

Video transcript:

  • Apply the glue evenly round the ‘lip’ of the outer edge of the stopend
  • Offer the stopend up to the gutter and, from ‘ear’ to ‘ear’, insert the gutter into the glue in the stopend lip
  • Make sure the gutter end is pressed tight up against the inside of the stopend
  • Clean off any glue that has been pressed through to the outside
  • To line the inside of the stopend with a thicker line of glue, cut the glue’s tip a ½” further down
  • Line the inside of the stopend with the glue
  • Use your ungloved and dampened finger to smooth the glue along the inside edge
  • Allow the glue to dry fully (6-8hours) before testing the strength of the bond!

The most up to date Zinc & Copper rainwater system pricelist, with an illustration of all the system components, will always be available in the footer of the website below

Find other helpful tips and videos at bit.ly/InfinityNews

And if you have any other questions about Infinity’s Zinc Rainwater System you can always get in touch by phone on 0800 644 44 28 or email info@infinityguttering.co.uk 

Dusty Grey Infinity Galvanised Steel Fascia and Soffit to match windows and doors case study image

Consider an Infinity Galvanised Steel Fascia & Soffit facelift – because your home is worth it, isn’t it?

Unique to the UK market, Infinity Galvanised Steel Fascia & Soffit.

Why Infinity Galvanised Steel? 

Because it is light and, therefore, easy to handle and install.  Because it is long lasting - not fading or creaking in sun and heat, not rotting in the wet - but adding a touch of class & style instead.  Because it is available with next day delivery in 3 profiles and 3 robust colour coatings, and can also be ordered in almost unlimited colours if you are happy to accept a surcharge and a longer lead-time. Because a value adding facelift that also protects your home from the elements – well, that has to be worth considering, doesn’t it?

Dusty Grey Infinity Galvanised Steel Fascia and Soffit with Extruded Aluminium GX case study image

What is it likely to cost?

For a typical 3-bedroom semi-detached house on two floors, replacing soffits and fascia will require the erection of scaffolding - The cost of fascia and soffit is a small component of the overall price, with scaffolding often costing around a third of the total.

For example,

  • Scaffolding – £1,000
  • Material
    • uPVC gloss white– £230 (N.B. ‘Rosewood effect’ is almost 3 x as expensive)
    • Infinity Galvanised Steel in White Grey – £609.97
  • Replacement timber/tiles and waste – £50
  • Labour – £1,200

The ‘biggie’s often quote for full scaffolding while local tradesmen often use towers or work platforms, or have a mounted lift on their van instead; to help bring the % cost of scaffolding down; but also, if you have a conservatory or others’ parked cars /caravan in the way, scaffolding won’t actually be the best option. Sometimes, if the job runs over, the cost of scaffolding can spiral while you wait for a new slot when the team that put it up can return to take it down.

It is unfair to expect a quote for a job without an inspection being undertaken as old soffit and fascia can hide a multitude of sins. Damaged rafters and fascia boards may need to be replaced with new timber (Infinity Galvanised Steel Fascia & Soffit are designed to clad a timber frame) but equally, you shouldn’t have to pay for the inspection for a quote, or be time-pressured into accepting one quote before you’ve had a chance to get comparisons.

Our research into online reviews found complaints that “the 'biggies' always overcharge” initially. And one reviewer said, “They tend to use great sales staff but so often this isn't followed up by good fitters!”. Our trade customers are often small local tradespeople and we are big believers in keeping locals in business. All fitters should be registered installers so make sure your fitter is.

Why are the soffits not vented?

Reviewers also said, “a vented soffit will get filthy very quickly if you live by a road and is difficult, if not impossible to clean” so Rainclear created a solid soffit design.

Infinity Galvanised Steel in Dusty Grey with GX extruded Aluminium Moulded Gutters Cast study Image

What makes a Steel Fascia & Soffit facelift a good investment?

Replacement of your Fascia and Soffits adds value to your property and Infinity Galvanised Steel Fascia & Soffit are designed to be a long-lasting solution. They will not require repainting or additional wood treatments and, unless you fancy a change of colour later, they will not crack or fade and, therefore, will not need replacing. The manufacturers of Infinity Galvanised Steel Fascia & Soffit offer a 15-year product warranty, but the well-established matching rainwater system we also stock has proven to last over 25 years. Installers may offer their own guarantees as well, so that you can be reassured that they will return to resolve any installation issues.

For more information on Galvanised Steel Fascia & Soffit or advice on finding a local installer get in touch with the team on 0800 644 44 28 or email info@infinityguttering.co.uk

Tips for fitting Stopends, Fascia Brackets & Gutter Unions

At Infinity Galvanised Steel we do not install guttering - we just sell it. But we do make up hundreds of steel gutter samples for our sample boxes, and that means attaching a stopend, a short-back fascia bracket and a gutter union with security tab to (an admittedly short length of) a gutter!

The sales team here have taken phone calls asking how the stopend or fascia brackets go on (admittedly sometimes before they’ve even unpacked them!) and seen case study images of the installed gutters where the security tab has been overlooked.

So, while not claiming to be any kind of experts, we wanted to share with you what we have  found makes fitting easier. 
(and what, if you didn't know, might cause you unnecessary difficulties)

It is nearly impossible to describe these things over the phone when you can't see the components and describe their features, so we’ve made 3 very short videos that we hope do the job considerably better than we ever could!

Tip 1: Fitting the stop end

Tip 2: Fitting fascia bracket

Tip 3: Fitting gutter union - highlighting the security tab

Get in touch by phone with any other questions on 0800 644 44 28 or email info@infinityguttering.co.uk