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Rainwater goods: repair or replace?

Chris Bates gives his top tips on how to make sure your home’s rainwater management setup performs well and looks good doing it

Copper is a highly durable material that will develop a charming protective patina over time. This installation features products from Coppa Gutta.
This PVCu downpipe from Brett Martin has been fitted with a shoe to direct rainwater into the gulley

Given the British climate, it’s fair to say that water is probably the biggest threat to our homes. If it gets into the fabric and starts saturating the core materials, this could lead to mould, decay and – ultimately – structural failure. It’s crucial, then, that rainwater is properly collected and channelled away from your home via well-maintained guttering. But it’s not just about the practicalities: more often than not, these goods are highly visible elements of your property, so they need to look smart and in-keeping with the architecture, too.

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About Build It

The November edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A self-built first home for just £47,000 (page 48) • Why build with oak? (page 64) • Rainwater goods: repair or replace? (page 67) • 5 renovation tips for a healthy home (page 81) • Is open plan living right for you (page 103) • Expert guide to lighting and electrics (page 112) … and more!