Case Study: Amberley Castle
Amberely Castle is a unique luxury hotel in the West Sussex countryside, it has 900 years of history and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. County Gutters were contacted regarding a serious water ingress problem in one of the guest rooms.
When considering a rainwater system for an historic building, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration. With rainfall intensity and budget being key factors, and due to the roof pitch and effective roof area, the chosen option was a 150mm beaded half round Sentinel clip fit gutter on rise and fall spikes, Colonnade cast eared rainwater pipes were used to give a heritage appearance.
Aluminium was chosen instead of cast iron on this project for its low maintenance, lightweight, yet durable properties. By polyester powder coating the rainwater system in a heritage type RAL colour, it mimics the cast iron aesthetics, it will not need repainting for at least 30 years. Aluminium is lightweight, does not rust or corrode and will not crack or fade, needing very little maintenance.