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Rainclear only sell metal rainwater systems. We pride ourselves on stocking and selling the highest quality systems at the best value prices.

No matter which metal rainwater system you choose, all our systems offer exceptional ‘lifetime’ value for money, are recyclable, contain recycled material and so offer a low carbon footprint. Although metal systems will cost more initially, every metal guttering range will outlast and out-perform (especially if you care about the planet and climate change) a plastic system and, in our view at least, will look better (initially and for longer) too.

Each material has its own appeal and benefits and choosing the right system depends on the requirements of each project, the budget and desired aesthetic appearance.

Galvanised Steel vs Plastic

Infinity Galvanised Steel vs Plastic
Infinity vs uPVC
£550 Material Cost* £180
£1,150 Total Cost ** £680
Fully Recylability Not
Low installation difficulty Low
15 Years Warranty 10 Years
20-35 Years Life expectancy (rural/suburban areas) 15 Years
Low ongoing maintenance Maintenance Medium ongoing maintenance
High UV resistance Low
High Thermal resistance Low
7 Colours ex-stock 4

*“Standard House Type quantities have been used”
**”Rainclear are SUPPLY ONLY, average cost of install is estimated at £500. Things to consider include scaffolding and frequency of replacement systems over lifetime”.

Extruded Alu vs Infinity

Extruded Aluminium vs infinity galvanised Steel

Extruded Alu vs Infinity
£1,050 Material Cost* £550
£1,550 Total Cost** £1,150
Fully Recyclability Fully
Medium installation difficulty Low
N/A Warranty 15 Years
35-40 Years Life expectancy (rural/suburban areas) 20-35 Years
Low ongoing maintenance Maintenance Low ongoing maintenance
High UV resistance High
High Thermal resistance High
2 Colours Ex Stock 7
see RAL / BS Chats Colours made-to-order*** see RAL / BS lists
High Contemporary style High
Medium Conservation Character Authenticity Low

*“Standard House Type quantities have been used”
**”Rainclear are SUPPLY ONLY, average cost of install is estimated at £500. Things to consider include scaffolding and frequency of replacement systems over lifetime”.
*** Surcharges may apply on colours

Extruded Alu vs Cast Alu

Extruded Aluminium vs Cast Aluminium
Extruded Alu vs Cast Alu
£1,050 Material Cost* £1,400
£1,550 Total Cost** £1,900
Fully Recylability Fully
Medium installation difficulty Medium
N/A Warranty N/A
35-40 Years Life expectancy (rural/suburban areas) 45+ Years
Low ongoing maintenance Maintenance Low ongoing maintenance
High UV resistance High
High Thermal resistance High
2 Colours Ex Stock 1
see RAL / BS Chats Colours made-to-order*** see RAL / BS Chats
High Contemporary style Low
Medium Conservation Character Authenticity High
*“Standard House Type quantities have been used”
**”Rainclear are SUPPLY ONLY, the average cost of install is estimated at £500. Things to consider include scaffolding and frequency of replacement systems over a lifetime”.
*** Surcharges may apply on colours

Cast Alu vs Cast Iron

Cast aluminium vs Cast iron
Cast Alu vs Cast Iron
£1,400 Material Cost* £1,500
£1,900 Total Cost** £2,000
Fully Recylability Fully
Medium installation difficulty High
N/A Warranty N/A
45+ Years Life expectancy (rural/suburban areas) 50+ Years
Low ongoing maintenance Maintenance
Medium ongoing maintenance
High UV resistance High
High Thermal resistance High
1 Colours Ex Stock 2 (including un-painted)
see RAL / BS Chats Colours made-to-order*** See RAL / BS Charts
Low Contemporary style Low
High Conservation Character Authenticity High

*Standard House Type. The comparison here will vary wildly dependent on the list of materials. Why not request a quotation for both on your project.
**Rainclear are SUPPLY ONLY, the average cost of install is estimated at £500 (although Cast Iron is a heavy, specialist system to install requiring 2 people with some specialist knowledge). Things to consider include scaffolding and frequency of replacement systems over a lifetime.
*** Surcharges may apply on colours