Cast Iron Downpipe
Cast Iron Downpipes
Cast Iron Downpipes were introduced in the Victorian era and since then many properties have retained the same style of gutter. It is a classy and timeless style of gutter that boasts incredible durability, cost-effectiveness, and low maintenance.
Slated to have a lifespan of around 40 years, it’s clear that many cast iron gutters far exceed that. Many properties in the UK, especially in London, still have the original cast iron downpipes and gutter systems. They work well to this day.
Cast Iron downpipes are durable, long-lasting, and not susceptible to vandalism. They will typically last as long as the lifespan of the building itself with only minor repairs needed over many, many years. As a low maintenance gutter system, there is no comparison between other materials.
Cast iron materials are also extremely sustainable. With a 100% recyclability rate, the downpipes can be used far into the future on new properties or with a different purpose.
Due to the lack of maintenance needed and the longevity of the cast-iron downpipes, installing a cast-iron rainwater system on your home is surprisingly cost-effective. Despite the initial overhead cost of the Cast Iron system, the durability and longevity long outweigh that of a PVC system.
It should also be noted that Cast Iron Downpipes are fire resistant and provide fantastic noise insulation when compared to plastics.
At JJ Roofing Supplies, we stock a variety of different cast iron downpipes and cast iron guttering. There are fittings, connectors, and branches, all available from the UK forgers Hargreaves.
Cast Iron Downpipes are some of the only guttering that is certified for installation on Grade I listed buildings. Even if your home isn’t listed you may want to install a more traditional guttering system, especially if the property is from the Victorian era or later.
There’s no doubt that PVC or GRP guttering looks out of place on a period home, and in some cases, it may even devalue the property. Cast iron guttering retains that traditional look while also providing durability, safety, and effectiveness.
Thankfully, in this modern age, cast iron gutter and rainwater systems aren’t limited in scope. Here at JJ Roofing Supplies, you’ll find a whole range of different hoppers, styles, and fittings that make it easier than ever to install a traditional cast iron system on your home.
Are Cast Iron Downpipes difficult to install? While they may be heavier than the PVC alternatives, the installation of a Cast Iron Rainwater system is fairly straightforward. Each piece of gutter fits together like a puzzle and must be fitted to the wall/roof with brackets.
Here at JJ Roofing Supplies, we are happy to offer advice on gutter installation and other queries about Cast Iron Rainwater systems either over the phone or in-store. Browse through our large range of different Cast Iron gutters, including downpipes, gutter half pipes, and bends.