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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:

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“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.

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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

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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

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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 

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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?

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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.

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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

Zinc Rainwater Range Introduced to the Infinity Family

Zinc is proving to be a popular building material and in response, Infinty have added the quartz zinc rainwater system to its stock for next day delivery.

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.

The main advantages to the customer of a Zinc rainwater system are:

  • Sustainability - it is a green /eco product
    • 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.
  • Aesthetics - 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.
    • It has been used as a roofing product historically and also contemporarily - it gives a similar appearance to lead but does not have a toxic run off and will not stain adjacent materials - great for water harvesting systems helping to keep the water clean and pure.
  • Durability - with a lifespan of nearly 100 years - it is completely unaffected by water, temperature changes and UV rays.
  • Non-corrodible - A fundamental advantage Zinc has over other materials is that it’s a highly corrosion resistant material, which 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.
  • Low maintenance - requiring no decoration or cleaning, just the removal of debris that may fall into the guttering, making it suitable for commercial, civic and residential buildings.
  • Lightweight and easy to install
    • the stop-ends simply glue in.
    • The gutter lengths can be glued together or use our EPMD lined Union-connectors so there is no welding, soldering or messy silicone involved.
    • Wrap-around gutter outlets offer downpipe positioning flexibility.
    • Swaged-necked downpipes and fittings simply slot together.
  • Value - Over the life cycle of a building Zinc generally is one of the most competitive building material available. - PVC gutters and downpipes are chosen over zinc and copper mainly due to the initial outlay, however, when you look at the ‘whole-life costs’, that is the cost spread out over the systems’ and buildings’ expected life, zinc and copper actually perform well on cost.

 

For generations, European architects have specified zinc as a building material for all types of buildings because it would last and endure harsh weather conditions. And it is predicted that more and more homes will feature Zinc in the future because it is an attractive, durable, and green building material.

As more homeowners choose quality and sustainability over initial cost in home renovations, they’re choosing zinc over other materials.

It’s a popular choice for those who are using zinc elsewhere in the build or simply prefer grey-to-charcoal shades to match the rest of the house.

Infinity Zinc & Copper Price List

Send us your drawings and we will supply you with a detailed list of components and a quotation.

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

Anthracite Grey Steel Case Study in AberAC

Are you concerned about Galvanised Steel rusting?

Some old steel rainwater systems have given all a bad reputation. Some steel components without a Galvanised core and zinc/magnesium protection layer sold to property owners in coastal areas in the past resulted in problems later.

What protects Infinity Galvanised Steel?

Infinity Galvanised Steel benefits from a unique 4layer system which protects the steel and enhances the longevity of the colour.

  1.  The galvanised Steel Core
  2.  The Zinc/Magnesium corrosion protection layer
  3.  A primer bonding coat adds further corrosion protects
  4.  Finally, the polyester top coat with maximum UV and scratch resistant properties*

*The science bit: Scratch resistant to >_30 N and UV resistant RUV 4

4 protective layers that make Galvanised Steel long-lasting even in coastal areas

IMPORTANT!

Another key factor in ensuring longevity is the installation process – and CUTTING in particular. NEVER use mechanical grinders or hole saws – They will damage the material. ALWAYS cut using metal snips/shears – THIS method of cutting seals the ends of the metal edge and prevents the ingress of rust.

Why Choose Infinity Galvanised Steel?

  • Infinity Galvanised Steel is available in 6 colours in 24 hours or a considerably wider range of colours than uPVC if you are prepared for a longer lead time and the possibility of additional surcharges (depending on the size of the order)
  • Comes with 20% deeper flow-capacity meaning it WILL cope and continue to work effectively to protect your home even with the new extremes of the British weather
  • Is more stylish and more robust than uPVC or rival steel guttering systems and retains its good looks for longer
  • does not crack, creak or fade
  • 100% recyclable at the end of its life

Although it may be a slightly more of an expensive, 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.

Anthracite Grey Steel Case Study in AberAC

 

“I spoke to my Mum’s cousin recently, whose son was building a house on the East Coast of Scotland. He thought his only options were plastic or Aluminium – a huge leap up in price – as he has seen old steel rainwater systems bubble.  I tried to explain that our colour coated Galvanised steel wouldn’t do that, would only cost slightly more than PVCu but last considerably longer, and in the Anthracite Grey, would match the aluminium window frames he’d selected for the project. I just couldn’t get him to consider taking another look at steel. After his previous experiences, his mind was made up.” Fiona Nevada, Marketing Coordinator at Rainclear.

 

Copper & Zinc from Infinity!

If we can’t convince you to take another look at Galvanised Steel for your coastal property’s rainwater system, how about a quote for Copper or Zinc? These are both naturally beautiful materials, extremely long lasting and we hope that we can surprise you with the value for money they offer. If, like my relative, you are building a dream home you intend living in and maintaining for yourself into your old age, you really ought to consider the long-term costs in both money and time and the benefits of a system you will not need to repaint or replace in your lifetime and that actually looks better and better as it gets older. If only we could say the same of ourselves!

Give your home a unique finish that needs virtually no maintenance.

 

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

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Did you assume a Copper Rainwater System would mean soldering? Not this one!

What no soldering copper guttering?

NO!

AND NO special skills are required either to install this copper guttering.

The clever, innovative design of this system means installation is made easy:

  • Stop-ends with EPMD rumbber seals just are 'push-fit'
  • The Gutter Unions come with an EPMD rubber seal, snap-close jaws and a security tab you 'thumb' down to lock the jaws closed
  • The Wraparound outlets, where the gutter meets the downpipe, 'wrap-around' the gutter so can be placed wherever you need them along the run of gutter
  • Or you can choose a pre-fabricated outlet, which uses the gutter unions to join onto the run of gutter
  • Downpipes and bends have swaged necks, which simply 'slot' together

So NO soldering, brazing, messy silicone or rivets required anywhere in the system.

Some competitors only offer 'copper coloured' systems - but there's greater benefits to using Copper for your rainwater system than just great looks!

Infinity Copper case study Image

The initially shiny finish will weather from a high sheen through a deeper reddish-brown, which gives it a ‘rustic’ look, to verdigris green. The 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 that copper can last 50-100 years even in proximity to the sea.

The colours of Copper as it ages

Metals Galvanic Scale - Galvanic Corrosion is an electrochemical process which occurs when dissimilar metals are in contact with each other in the presence of an electrolyte - rain water and salt water make especially good electrolytes. Using metals close together on the scale reduces the prevalence of bimetallic corrosion.

Galvanic Corrosion is an electrochemical process which occurs when dissimilar metals are in contact with each other in the presence of an electrolyte - rain water and salt water make especially good electrolytes. Using metals close together on the scale reduces the prevalence of bimetallic corrosion.

For example: Aluminium rainwater systems should not be used with copper roofing. When rainwater from the roof makes contact with the uninsulated aluminium the risk for galvanic corrosion to occur is high because of the copper ions in the water. The closer the galvanic potentials are, the less corrosion that will occur.

Some metal rainwater systems are also at risk in contact with some no-metallic materials such as cedar or birch cladding - many woods contain volatile alcohols, and oils that have a solvent action on some protective coatings applied to metal -  Iron and uncoated steel are more susceptible to these than aluminium or copper.

Why Choose Copper?

Eco choice
Copper is sustainable, it is 100% recyclable with most mined copper still in use today, reducing its environmental impact.

Aesthetic choice - distinctive appearance
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. If you don't want to wait for the patina finish to develop naturally, a solution can be applied after installation that will age your copper gutter within a few hours. Eventually copper will always go green and we recommend that you do not coat the copper to try and keep it bright. Instead it will continue to look good for years to come enhancing and protecting your property.

Great for Rainwater Collection
Water conservation is becoming increasingly popular. Copper acts as an algaecide and fungicide, keeping growths such as moss and lichen to a minimum, therefore keeping gutters clear and excellent for rainwater harvesting. Copper also 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. Plants actually grow better using the pH balanced and chemical free rainwater collected with copper. You get more suds when washing the car and it makes car and window washing smear-free (the streaks and dots are limescale).

100% natural
Being 100% natural and non-toxic, copper guttering is particularly suited for use in conjunction with a copper roof as a means of rainwater harvesting. Copper is a wholly natural material present in and essential to all plants, animals and humans. Unlike other materials such as lead, copper is non-toxic and does not accumulate in the body. The natural beauty of copper will instantly enhance the aesthetic value of any building complimenting the current trend for the use of natural building materials such as Oak, Stone, Slate, etc.

Maintenance free
Copper is one of the most noble metals (see Galvanic Scale illustration). Its durability and resistance to corrosion makes copper guttering particularly suited for use in virtually any atmospheric conditions and in areas that are difficult to access after completion. 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 - ideal where some parts may be difficult or dangerous to reach. A good choice for commercial and Local Government properties where the Health and Safety of facilities maintenance staff needs to be considered.

Exceptionally long product life span
Copper protects itself by forming a patina that ensures an exceptionally long product life span of 100+ years and as guttering prevents damage to brickwork and roofs by diverting rainfall from the property once installed.
It is this patina that gives copper its distinctive look as it ages. When supplied new it has a bright and shiny finish, but in a matter of months this transforms to an intensely rich, earthy shade. Over the coming years, depending on the atmospheric and geographical conditions, your copper rainwater system will develop the distinct green patina associated with copper.

It may seem 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.

Give your home a unique finish that needs virtually no maintenance and will last for generations to come – the long-term value cannot be understated.

For more information on Infinity products or advice on finding a local installer get in touch with the team on 0800 644 44 28 or email info@infinityguttering.co.uk

Plain Box Hopper in all 6 colours and copper

New Plain ‘Box’ Hopper added – based on customer feedback

We love to offer exceptional service levels as well as the highest quality products and value for money to our customers.

For example, we recently added a new plain ‘box’ hopper in all 6 stocked colours (and will be arriving in stock in Copper very soon!) based on feedback directly from our customers.

As you can see from the simple 'box'  design, compared to the other more embellished hopper designs that are the standard from the range - sometime 'less' really is 'more'!

Plain Box Hopper in all 6 colours and copper

The plain 'box' hopper developed by Rainclear with the manufacturer based on feedback from our customers

The Standard, but more embellished Hoppers from the Infinity Galvanised Steel rainwater range

 

So if you don't see exactly what you want, get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable team on 0800 644 44 28 or email info@infinitygalvanisedsteel.co.uk

We can help to arrange bespoke fabrication for you, or we may know just the thing to resolve your rainwater management issue.

Download the Infinity Rainwater System Brochure
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