The importance of effective rainwater systems

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In the UK, rainwater systems have long played a part in construction. Managing the water that falls from the sky is no mean feat in a climate like this one, so it’s no wonder that firms are so keen to take advantage of effective systems.

Indeed, the significance of water management has been highlighted over recent months. After experiencing a period of drought, many areas of the UK have been subject to deluge after deluge and all this excess rain has been causing problems.


According to figures released by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the cost of claims made because of floods and storm damage topped £1 billion last year. It noted that 2012 was the wettest recorded year in England and Wales and second wettest in the UK, adding that insurers handled a total of 486,000 claims for flood and storm damage from homeowners, businesses and motorists -equating to 1,330 each day.

The total bill came to £1.19 billion, which was the highest annual figure since 2007, when £3 billion was paid out.


Breaking the statistics down, the ABI revealed that there were 411,000 claims for flood and storm damaged homes during the 12-month period and 47,000 business property claims.

Also, insurers paid out £40 million in business interruption payments to help firms continue trading while their premises were being repaired.

Record breaking

Commenting on the numbers, the ABI’s director of general insurance Nick Starling said: “2012 may have been a record-breaking wet one, but it was business as usual for insurers, who helped thousands of customers recover from the trauma of flooding. Insurers expect bad weather to strike anytime, anywhere and last year highlighted the vital role insurance plays in helping communities recover from our increasingly volatile weather.

“Flooding is greatest natural threat facing the UK and the risk is rising so political consensus and commitment on investment in flood defences, sensible planning decisions and working with the insurance industry is essential.”


It may be impossible to control the weather, but by taking advantage of the very best rainwater pipes and other systems, you can help to mitigate the risks of water damage affecting the properties you build.

Here at Alumasc we’re the country’s leading manufacturer of BBA-certified aluminium guttering and rainwater systems.

Take your pick

If you come to us, you can take your pick from a range of aluminium gutters, downpipes and integrated fascias and soffits.

Our products can suit both contemporary and traditional architecture and everything is designed to meet industry standards, while at the same time exceeding expectations in terms of durability, design and performance.

The range of rainwater goods we offer constantly evolves to meet customer demand and you won’t struggle to find solutions that tick all of your boxes.

More info

If you’re keen to find out more, just take a look around the rest of our website or get in touch with our friendly and professional team. We’re on hand to answer any queries you may have regarding our product range.

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