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What's The Big Difference?
The concept of continuous lengths of spouting has been in the industry for more than 20 years, yet many people are still unaware of how it actually works. With the increasing demand for sustainable building systems, the benefits of continuous spouting, with "no joins & no waste", has continued to attract the attention of specifiers, builders and homeowners alike.
Much of the appeal of continuous spouting is in its simplicity. Once the shape of the profile is chosen, the relevant machine is taken out to site where the spouting is roll-formed to measure.
There are seven different profiles available - from the standard Quarter Round and Old Gothic, through to the popular Half Round and Box, every standard spouting profile can be done "continuously".
The benefits of using continuous lengths of spouting are many and varied:
The process used eliminates the need for joins (other than on corners)
Less silicon and/or rivets are used, reducing costs as well as installation time
Waste is reduced to an absolute minimum
Aesthetics of the spouting are vastly improved by the absence of joins mid-length
It is a well-known fact that the overall strength of continuous spouting is superior to a sectional installation
Considerations for Rainwater Solutions
Rainwater solutions are simple - take the water off your roof and send it where it needs to go. The factors that influence this are sometimes not so simple, which is why it is essential that your call to the experts (that's us!) is a vital part of your project management....
When choosing your rainwater solutions, bear in mind the following factors:
- The correct spouting profile size and capacity, as well as downpipe diameter choices are vital if overflows are going to be eliminated. Capacity calculations and our Quick Reference Guide will assist you with these choices.
- Continuous bracketing holds the back of the gutter off the fascia, which means that in the extreme event of an overflow, water is kept away from the building exterior and able to run off the fascia.
- A shift away from concealed gutter systems to external fixed spouting systems has resulted in the prevention of moisture ingress into the building envelope.
- Changes have been made to the Building Code to stop open-end discharges onto upper level roofs. A stop-end or downpipe with spreader is now required at every point to spread the water across the roof.
Many factors influence the absolute watertightness of buildings, but probably none more so than your choice of rainwater products.
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Continuous Commercial Rainwater Systems
Industrial size with residential finesse
When looking for a spouting profile with the capacity to hold very large volumes of water yet maintain the aesthetic of a building's exterior, look no further than the Texan. The smooth, clean lines of this profile, matched with elegant powder-coated aluminium brackets, are the preferred choice for many larger architecturally designed projects.
With a massive 20,100mm² cross section, the Texan is an ideal product for large commercial roofs where larger than normal spouting is required to cope with excessive water flow.
Unlike other industrial style spouting, the Texan has a style that does not look out of place on residential dwellings as well as commercial or industrial properties.
The Birkenhead Point Pool House was an exciting project undertaken with Ambro Metals in 2012. The following is an excerpt from a case study article written by Adrian Ward.....
"Continuous Spouting Auckland Ltd have displayed why they are the leaders in their craft, completing the magnificent 1/4 Round curved spouting. The copper spouting brackets closely align with the ends of the roofing tray seams to create a spectacular uniformed appearance. This detail would certainly prove far too difficult if artificially coated products were considered, due to the manipulation process that the material must go through during the installation. A malleable weathering product is best suited for this type of design.
Both the roofing and spouting are a tribute to the installers dislaying the ease of fabricating and pushing the boundaries of metal design." Adrian Ward, Ambro Metals