Category Archives: September 2015

Improved Colour Coating on Galvanised Steel Gutter Systems

Galvanised Steel is a great product for gutters and downpipes as its stylish looks are long-lasting. It doesn’t fade. And now Rainclear Systems’ Steel Gutters, downpipes and fittings, designed and manufactured by Zambelli in Germany, come with new ‘robust’ colour coating in a choice of 5 colours held in stock for next day delivery.

The lightweight and innovative easy dry joint design of the Zambelli Steel rainwater system make it easy to handle and fit.

With a 15yr product warranty and a life expectancy of at least 25 years, the 3 layer colour coated Robust system will provides trouble free performance.

Gutter LAYERS Drawing_FN2
New ROBUST colour coated system

As the name implies, ROBUST is an innovative coating system that is extremely hard wearing. The coating consists of three layers of protection comprising zinc corrosion protection, primer bonding coat and a ‘Robust’ polyester top coat. The surface coating is UV and scratch resistant.

  1. Galvanised Steel Core
  2. Zinc / Magnesium corrosion protection layer
  3. Primer bonding coat adds further corrosion protection
  4. Polyester top coat for maximum UV and scratch resistance

Sample box 2
Steel sample box available on request
– please specify stock colour required
– comes with swatches of the other stock colours

The demand for steel guttering has never been higher with homeowners and selfbuilders looking for this stylish, premium quality rainwater solution at a price tag that is closer to premium uPVC than heritage Cast Iron or Aluminium. For example, the complete rainwater system on an average 3 bed detached home could be supplied for around £300 +VAT.*


Geraint Jones, Managing Director of Rainclear Systems, explains why:

“These Galvanised Steel products are a very competitive alternative to uPVC ones, but the steel system looks and last better while offering clever design features which make it easy to fit; push-on stop-ends and rubber lined unions mean there’s no need to use silicone; the fully adjustable outlets can be placed anywhere within a 3m gutter length or you can purchase ready-made outlets if you find that easier.”

Geraint Jones adds

“We were seeing increased demand for guttering systems that match in with other features on buildings such as fascia, soffit and windows. The Anthracite Grey, for example, is very popular.

Our half round galvanised steel gutters are deeper than other comparable systems on the market giving them a 20% larger capacity.”

The steel system is made of highly durable, recyclable metal and comes in either galvanised or colour coated. The stocked colour coated shades are Black, Anthracite Grey, Dusty Grey, Grey White and Sepia Brown with next day delivery.

For a brochure, metal swatch book or sample of the outlet to see the quality and style for yourself, call 0800 644 44 26. To see the products and prices online and receive a 25% discount on Steel in September 2015 visit

* at time of writing 13/08/15

Instant Attraction with Vicaima

The moment they entered the room one look was enough, they could tell that it was love at first glance and that without doubt there was an instant attraction.

Your design and build quality is often assessed by first impressions and what better way to set the right note than by your choice of interior door and door assemblies. By choosing Vicaima products, with a reputation for design flair and innovation, it can speak volumes about your own values and specification and demonstrate the passion you have for quality products.

Vicaima offers Housing designers, developers and contractors real scope to put their own stamp on things with imaginative options in quality veneered and laminated finishes. Design and performance solutions are constantly evolving to meet the needs of an ever changing market and to inspire fresh ideas that present real differentiation for interior living standards. Two recent examples where Vicaima’s contemporary design ideas has drawn plenty of admiring glances, is in the introduction of the Dekordor 3D and the Naturdor Oak stained ranges.

Vicaima’s Dekordor 3D embossed face finished doors have really made a big impression, with their highly tactile yet surprisingly durable face finish. Its striking horizontal embossed surface cries out to be touched and yet it offers excellent abrasion and moisture resistance and is so easy to clean. Used widely in apartments and luxury living accommodation, Dekordor 3D presents a modern door option with real uniformity of colour and texture. Available in 5 popular finishes including Grey and a recently introduced Oak.

For specifiers keen to reflect the recent trend for stained Oak floors and kitchens, Vicaima have also developed an exciting selection of real Oak veneered doors with the added charm of staining to bring out the natural beauty of wood in new and less common hues, such as chocolate, hazel and grey, in addition to limed oak, wenge and walnut. The faces, which are available in either a textured or smooth finish, have been enhanced with a matt lacquered stain finish which requires no further treatment once fitted. Truly different, this range will add charm to both modern and traditional homes.

No matter which design takes your fancy, it is worth remembering that door and frame go hand in hand. So a completely matching door assembly like the Vicaima Portaro system avoids the need for oddly painted frames and ensures you have perfect harmony.Stained real oak

For further details about these and other products from their many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website   Alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

Browse, click – the doors are on their way

For online kitchen, bedroom or bathroom doors, look no further than KBB

KBB Replacement Doors is an on-line service supplying doors, drawer fronts and end panels for kitchens and fitted furniture from the established Bellissimo range. From the comfort of home or on the move, customers can simply select their favourite style of fitted furniture for kitchens, bedrooms or bathrooms, order online and wait for their doors to be delivered. There is also a Trade Zone for qualifying customers.

It Takes a Long Time to Create Perfection.

Once in a while a product comes along and changes everything, from the way it’s crafted to the way it works. Products are often copied and many are great ideas that never really see true success in their application. Many years are spent searching for a product that will
ultimately surpass expectations, stand the test of time and become recognised as the leader in its field.
We created one of those successful products nearly two decades ago and still today it has never been equalled.
Because we have never compromised on quality.
UNIFOLD ® Unrivalled excellence in gutter lining technology.

Trios helps West Bromwich bus station improve efficiency

The installation of new air conditioning into an iconic bus station is helping keep office staff comfortable – whatever the weather.

Managed by Centro, West Bromwich station was built in 2002 and provides the town with a major interchange between local bus services and also with the nearby Midland Metro tram line.

The existing air conditioning system had worked well since 2002 but was getting old and was using R22 refrigerant which is now banned, so the company was aware that it needed to find a suitable replacement.

Growth set to continue at Crittall as new MD takes the reins

An executive with more than two decades’ experience in the construction products market, and who believes in ‘leading from the front’ has been appointed Managing Director of Crittall Windows.

Stuart Judge has joined the Witham-based company, the world’s oldest continuous manufacturer of steel windows, from Everest, where he was commercial director.


Panasonic has added an innovative bivalent controller to its Aquarea range of air source heat pumps. The controller will maximise energy savings in installations where the heat pump is operating alongside an existing energy source, for example in refurbishment projects, where there is often pressure to minimise investment costs.


MX Group’s impressive range of shower and bathroom products has grown following the addition of a number of new products and a move into brand new product areas for the company targeting new build and refurbishment projects.

Already the leading shower tray manufacturer in the UK, it manufactures 100s of different tray sizes, in 6 main product types, meaning that it can cater for the specific needs of virtually any customer.


Approxmiately 800m² of Cembrit Cembonit cladding has been used to overclad an apartment block in Portsmouth. Undergoing a number of internal and external refurbishment works, the building now features an attractive stair tower which combines Cembonit Flint and Granite.

The apartment block is situated in the heart of Portsmouth, on Westminster Place, just a few miles away from the popular designer shopping outlet Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyards. The property has benefitted from a series of small alterations including new privacy screens on the balconies and replacement panels for the communal walkway. The stair tower was in particular need of a face lift, and required a material which would be striking to look at, but also durable against water staining. Ashford-based cladding specialist, Teiko Ltd was the main contractor on the project. The team specified, cut and installed the Cembrit Cembonit cladding.

“Overcladding projects can often prove difficult, but Cembonit caused us no problems” said Matt Swaffer of Teiko Ltd. The material was incredibly easy to cut and fix. We were particularly impressed with the face side quality. We wanted to provide an attractive design so predominantly installed Cembonit in Flint, with around 10% of the cladding being in Granite. This created a great feature for the stair tower and has rejuvenated the appearance of the whole property.

Cembonit has a range of 11 pastel coloured impact resistant boards characterised by an attractive matt finish. The autoclaved cladding sheets are available in eleven through coloured options which exhibit a matt, optically level surface with a faint directional grain. During the production process, Cembonit receives a unique impregnation treatment which effectively protects against water staining and dirt, ensuring that the facade retains its attractive appearance in both dry and wet weather conditions.

The combination of colour stability with a class 0 fibre rating to BS 476 part 6 and a class 1 rating to BS 476 part 7 makes Cembonit ideal for overcladding rainscreen applications. Randomly dispersed spherules of cement in Cembonit’s surface and variations of shade from sheet to sheet will assist in creating a natural looking façade. The sheets can be used for a range of applications, such as; rainscreen cladding, weatherboarding, window elements, fascia, balconies and prefabricated facade elements.

For further information visit, email [email protected] or for a copy of the technical data sheets tel: +44 (0)20 8301 8900.