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Multi-balcony rainwater management? Extended spigot outlets and flushjoint downpipes – the joined-up solution

Ilustration of Harmer balcony outlets and flushjoint downpies in use in a multi-balcony situation
Illustration of Harmer balcony outlets and flushjoint downpipes in use in a multi-balcony situation

Looking for flat roof rainwater outlets or balcony drainage solutions? Rainclear Systems is your one-stop-shop for all things guttering, and has spent over a decade providing customers with high-quality metal rainwater systems. Our friendly, knowledgeable team is always on hand to offer advice, give free quotations and support you throughout your guttering projects.

A flat roof is a popular choice for many self-build or renovation projects due to not only its durability and contemporary aesthetic appeal, but also the opportunity it presents to create an unusual outdoor living-space. After the Covid lockdown, people became more appreciative of the need for homes to have accessible outdoor spaces. Accordingly, flat roofs that can double as a garden area or a fairy-light-strewn outside eating space have become ever-more attractive. That goes for balconies, too – what was once an interesting architectural aspect has now become a valuable use of outside space.

One of the most important considerations when including a flat roof or balcony into your self-build project or home renovation is the drainage. Incorporating a robust rainwater system into the design in the earliest stages is of huge importance in order to effectively deal with any accumulation of rainwater that if left can cause structural damage and make the space much less inviting. Luckily, there are options that won’t impact the aesthetic aspect – and, if done well, can even add to the visual appeal of your home.

A key aesthetic difference between traditional guttering that deals with rainwater runoff from a sloped roof and a flat roof drainage solution is the way in which the guttering downspout travels down the side of the building. Without having to take the eaves into consideration, the downspout can run completely flush to the building; to embrace this streamlined look, we have a range of Flushjoint round aluminium downpipes. Robust and long-lasting, these are designed with concealed spigots to give a smooth, clean appearance and complement any modern building design. You can choose from round, rectangular or square pipes in order to further create a harmonious look in keeping with the rest of the building.

Extended spigot Harmer balcony outlets and fkat roof outlets
Extended spigot Harmer balcony outlets and flat roof outlets

And if your building project has multiple balconies, we have the ideal, unobtrusive solution to the problem of rainwater drainage. Our Extended Spigot Balcony Outlets in combination with the flushjoint downpipes will take away rainwater from each floor efficiently and with the streamlined appearance offerd by flushjoint. Alternatively, you can opt for a Round Swaged Downpipe; both options are aluminium, but in case one the extended spigot fits snugly inside the pipe, or, in the other less streamlined case, without the extended spigot, the outlet can be connected using an ADP adapter and a coupler.

automatically match the extended spigot to match the downpipes you've ordered i.e. flushjoint or swaged, round or square
Extended spigot outlets are made to order so, when you buy extended spigot outlets and downpipes together we wil automatically match the extended spigot to match the downpipes you’ve ordered i.e. flushjoint or swaged, round or square

As a side note, because the balcony outlets are made of aluminium, the downpipes would need to be aluminium too , because of the risk of incompatible metals causing corrosion, especially when mixed with a conductive electrolyte like rainwater – see our galvanic scale article for more information.

To ensure the flat roof drainage or balcony outlet you choose is up to the task of effectively removing the rainwater runoff, we have developed a flow rate calculator. We’ll do the maths for you and recommend the correct size outlet and downpipes for your needs.

Visit www.rainclear.co.uk to browse and choose your flat roof or balcony outlets today; if you don’t find what you are looking for or have questions call 0800 644 44 26 or email sales@rainclear.co.uk.

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