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Beautiful, Durable Cast Iron

By Jusinda Meika

Cast iron is a fantastic material for a rainwater drainage system. It is available in a variety of beautiful designs and shapes. Cast iron is a strong and durable material, that can be adapted by the right craftsman to awkward building shapes if need be.

As well as being used on listed or heritage buildings cast iron is now being used more and more on modern buildings. It gives those new buildings a stylish and crisp look, considerably enhancing the finished building. The growth in popularity has brought the cost down and lead to the resurgence of a once struggling industry.

Because cast iron can be painted any colour it is much more versatile than other rainwater drainage systems, which come in very few colours or designs. Cast iron comes in many different styles, with new ones being developed all the time to keep up with modern architectural trends. Adding a cast iron rainwater drainage system to a modern building instantly gives it an upmarket look. This is especially true of large buildings, such as office blocks or shopping centres.

Cast iron is an environmentally friendly product, which is made mainly from recycled iron and steel. Using it can really help to reduce you carbon footprint. It is so strong and durable that it can easily last a 100 years, in the same period of time you would need to replace a modern system at least 3 times over, this fact adds to the products environmental credentials.

Drainage systems made out of cast iron are more rigid and solid than modern ones, so you rarely get that awful gushing noise that plagues modern systems during heavy rainfall. For communal buildings, offices or hospitals where noise levels need to be minimised this is important.

The perception most people have is that a cast iron system will easily rust and require a great deal of maintenance, this is completely untrue. Cast iron is naturally rust resistant, but does still need to be protected from the elements. It needs painting every 5-10 years, how often depends on the climate in your area. Because it is so solid you do not get the loose bracket or broken pipe issues that you get so regularly with plastic or modern rainwater drainage systems.

If painting the system so regularly is daunting, then buy from one of the companies that coat their cast iron system with thermoplastic coating powder. The finish is baked on in the factory, so there are no small holes through which water can enter and spoil the finish. This finish lasts much longer than normal paint.

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