Coping with a sea breeze

Housing Wed, Aug 10, 2022 1:46 PM

A selection of Marley Alutec aluminium guttering, fascia and coping products have recently been specified for use on a modern seaside refurbishment in Cawsand, Cornwall.

Selected for their hardwearing attributes and clean, modern aesthetic, the specification also proved cost effective, helping the project team to complete the renovation on time and to budget.

Part of an extensive modern refurbishment on a large 1930s bay-fronted property, the Marley Alutec solutions were specified by Andy Carr, Managing Director of specialist refurbishment contactors The Renovation Men.

The specification was made following the architect’s request for the use of aluminium for the guttering and fascias. ARCO2 was the architect on the project – a company that advocates sustainability in architecture and the use of local and natural materials, with recyclability in mind.

“The architect suggested the use of aluminium, a 100% recyclable material, which would tie in with the modern crisp look of the wider property and also withstand the harsh weather conditions of the exposed seaside location,” commented Andy.

“From our perspective, we wanted a product that was easy to install and still provided a great finish. After looking at the options available, Marley Alutec systems ticked all the boxes. We didn’t have to compromise on price either, which was a key factor.”

Made from marine grade aluminium, Marley Alutec’s rainwater systems are incredibly durable, with a functional life expectancy of 50+ years. Its marine grade also means that it is ideal for exposed coastal locations as it will not corrode over time and requires very little maintenance over its lifespan.

Products are available in a variety of profiles and aluminium systems can mimic PVC and cast iron in both shape and appearance. This means Marley Alutec’s rainwater systems are ideal for refurbishment projects where maintaining the right aesthetic is key – with the added bonus that they are 65% lighter than cast iron.

After speaking with Marley Alutec, Andy specified the company’s Evolve Deepflow Gutters with 76mm Flushfit Circular Downpipes and Type A Fascias, all in RAL 7016, Anthracite Grey.

Sleek and unobtrusive, Alutec’s Evolve aluminium gutter range comes with a unique patented Jurajoint system for quick, simple and secure jointing – as easy as PVC. The Deepflow profile has a flow rate of 4.9 l/s and 232m2 per downpipe making it ideal for the coastal weather conditions of the project. Furthermore, with a lead time of only two days on Heritage Black and Anthracite Grey products, Andy and his team received the system quickly and could begin installation as soon as possible.

In addition, bespoke aluminium composite panel (ACP) fascias were produced by Marley Alutec, again in Anthracite Grey, utilising the company’s bespoke design service and technical support.

“Due to the depth of the first-floor balcony overhang we needed to create a bespoke fascia that would encase this area,” commented Andy. “Alutec created the required panels for us from ACP to the exact specifications I provided, creating a tidy, colour co-ordinated finish at the front of the house.”

Throughout the process, Marley Alutec’s local Area Sales Manager was on hand to provide Andy and The Renovation Men team with technical advice and support, working closely with Andy to fully understand the project’s bespoke requirements.

The end result was that the marine grade aluminium soffit, fascia and rainwater goods proved ideal for the prominent coastal location and delivered the required modern, high-quality finish required in this attractive seaside location.

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