When someone asks about New Zealand’s climate, what’s your automatic response? It rains. A lot. Most of our country receives between 600 to 1600mm of rainfall a year, so we need a sturdy rainwater management system in order to protect our properties. Rainwater goods prevent water from getting into the fabric of a building by steering rainwater away from the exterior of walls and the foundations.
If water runs down a wall it can cause dampness and help create an environment that promotes the growth of mould and wet rot in timber. This is especially important in New Zealand, as many of our houses are built with wood. Luckily, there are a range of rainwater goods that can be used to keep buildings safe from the storm.
What Are Rainwater Goods?
Rainwater goods is a loose term for all products installed on the exterior of a building to protect it from the rain. This includes continuous spouting, downpipes and rainwater heads. Continuous spouting and downpipes assist with drainage, while rainwater heads store water that drips when travelling around the corners of a roof.
While practical and necessary, rainwater goods can also serve as a stylish accessory. At Three65 Spouting, we have a range of different designs and specifications for quality rainwater goods, including rainwater goods in an array of colours. You can enhance the appearance of your house or office building with some sleek rainwater goods.
Our Enduro365 and Designer365 products have a portfolio of colours to appeal to all tastes. From simple shades like black, white and grey to vibrant reds, greens and yellows, there’s a coloured metal for every spout or pipe. If you’d like to view a metal sample, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re leaders in spouting in NZ for good reason!
Rainwater goods protect the building, but gutter guards protect the rainwater goods. Gutter guards can protect your roof and spouting from birds, rodents and debris such as falling leaves, preventing the need for regular cleaning. At Three65 Spouting, we offer a leaf screen, gutter foam and leaf guard, so you can pick which one works best for you.
The History of Rainwater Goods
Would it surprise you to hear that the Romans started it all? It was the Romans who brought rainwater systems to Britain. From there the technology was lost, then found, then continued to evolve. In Saxon times, large overhanging roofs were used to throw water away from buildings, and cathedral builders would use parapet gutters and elaborate gargoyles for the same purpose.
Then the yeomans built wooden gutters, which were often lined with lead. By the 1850s ridges were introduces in rooves, and people began attaching wooden box gutters and cast iron columns to help with drainage. With the industrial revolution came more materials and faster production methods, and by 1870 all houses in Britain were equipped with cast iron gutters and downpipes. From there it spread to other countries – like New Zealand. Fascinating stuff, huh?