Why American Aluminium Gutter is the Best Rain Gutter

Aluminium gutters are known for their durability as well as their aesthetically pleasing exterior. But there are many benefits to choosing aluminium gutters for your property. To help you make an informed decision, here are some reason to choose aluminium gutters

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Durability

As aluminium will not rust it is a perfect choice for the long term. It is designed to withstand punishment from any type of weather. Aluminum is extremely durable and has an expected life-cycle of about 60 years, depending on maintenance. This makes them extremely cost-effective too.

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A timeless aesthetic effect

The appearance of aluminium gutters is extremely beautiful which makes it the perfect rainwater system for a huge variety of properties, from old country houses to modern new builds, aluminium gutters would not look out of place.

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Wider range of colours

Aluminium gutters often come ready made in many different colours. An aluminium gutter is not prone to colour bleaching which can be caused by exposure to the sun and therefore will keep looking like new throughout its life-cycle.
Aluminum gutters can also be easily repainted, so there’s no need to worry about getting stuck with just one colour. 

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Will not sag, warp, flake or crack

Another great advantage is that aluminium gutters will not shatter or crack due to temperature changes. It is not at all affected by thermal expansion. In addition, it is often available in a seamless style guttering which prevents any leaks and unsightly joints.

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Aluminum Gutters Are Lightweight

Aluminum is so lightweight and strong, it continues to function perfectly year after year without unsightly dips that occur over time (in PVC) that can cause overflows and damages to the building.
Aluminum gutters works perfectly in areas with heavy and constant rainfall. It does not allow water, leaves and other debris to build up weight which is recipe for disaster.

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Very little maintenance

Apart from the regular cleaning out of dirt from the gutters there is usually very little maintenance required. This will be a welcome feature for most people as there is no need to worry about leaks.

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Seamless Gutter Options

Aluminum is also the best option for seamless gutters. Going seamless is the best way to ensure that rain water is carried safely away from your home without leaks, breaks, or seams that can split causing the need for costly repairs and replacements.
Leaking seams are the primary cause for mold, and mildews.

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Aluminum gutters have higher flow rate

Depending on where you live, heavy or constant rainfall can be an issue if your gutters size is too small. A strong, long-lasting rain can create a high volume of water that can get backed up in other gutters types that are not designed to function in areas of heavy precipitation.
Aluminum is such strong material, it often has a wider channel, and high flow rate allowing it to carry much more water safely away from your home

It’s important that aluminum gutters are installed to the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure good performance. This means you should always leave  gutter installation  to certified professionals like us. Professional installation also helps protect you from having to spend extra due to corrective repairs in case a problem was caused by poor product quality or incorrect installation.

Get aluminum gutters today. RainCache is the leading supplier of aluminum gutter products and services in Nigeria. You can contact us at 08158942188, 08140402998 or fill out this contact form to get a free quote.

Oladayo Afolabi: Innovative Strides In Rain Water Management


Oladayo Afolabi is a highly innovative and enterprising Nigerian. He has made success out of an aspect of engineering which many building and water engineers would ordinarily not emphasise.

Oladayo is the Founder and Project Director of RainCache Ltd, an innovative rainwater management company which designs and installs bespoke systems to manage rainwater on residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial developments across Nigeria.

Dayo Afolabi has been a long-time contributor in the drive to build a more sustainable human community. His extensive involvement has included participation in everything from proposing directions, tracking down better ecological measures, and designing rainwater control systems. He is indeed, one of the pioneers of innovative and sustainable surface water systems in Nigeria.

Dayo Afolabi has acquired a great deal of acclaim and recognition for his contributions to the construction industry and is inspired by the drive to build an even more viable community. His strong public service commitment has enabled him to lead RainCache Ltd in the delivery of rainwater management services to over 500 high-profile clients across Nigeria.

A professional instilled with a strong sense of responsibility and unshaken work ethic, Dayo has managed to cultivate a culture renowned for exceeding the expectations of his clients and stakeholders alike. His  efforts in the development of a sustainable and a better Nigerian society are deserving of all the acclamation, recognition and awards.

It is in recognition of his accomplishments in the Design and Installation of Rain Water Control Systems In Nigeria that Mr. Oladayo Afolabi is deemed worthy to be conferred with the Development In Nigeria Merit Award which is part of the PSR National Awards 2018.

Mr. Oladayo Afolabi: Innovative Strides In Rain Water Management

Afolabi Oladayo

Afolabi Oladayo Awarded Development In Nigeria Merit Award

PSR Awards _ Oladayo Afolabi

Oladayo Afolabi: Innovative Rainwater Management.

So humble to be conferred with the Development in Nigeria Merit Award (DINMA) for Design and Installation of Rain Water Control Systems and Innovative Rainwater Management In Nigeria

Oladayo Afolabi: Innovative Rainwater Management

RAINWATER HARVESTING

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WHAT IS RAINWATER HARVESTING?

Rain water harvesting (RWH) is a technique of collection and storage of rainwater into natural reservoirs or tanks, or the infiltration of surface water into subsurface aquifers (before it is lost as surface runoff). One method of rainwater harvesting is rooftop harvesting. With rooftop harvesting, most any surface — tiles, metal sheets, plastics, but not grass or palm leaf — can be used to intercept the flow of rainwater and provide a household with high-quality drinking water and year-round storage. 

Rainwater harvesting is an innovative alternative water supply approach anyone can use. RWH captures, diverts, and stores rainwater for later use.

Implementing rainwater harvesting is beneficial because it reduces demand on existing water supply, and reduces run-off, erosion, and contamination of surface water.

Rainwater can be used for nearly any purpose that requires water. These include stormwater control, rain gardens, landscape use, in-home use, agricultural use, industrial use and fire protection etc. 

Why rainwater harvesting?

In areas where water supply is problematic or water resources are scarce, rain harvesting is a good solution. It reduces the dependency on groundwater for uses such as landscaping, toilet flushing, laundry etc, easing the pressure on well, bore hole, public water systems; and reduces stormwater runoff peak flow and volume.

Rainwater harvesting can provide clean water-supply for a small community. Especially when pipelines are too expensive to set up and one central well or pump cannot be used all around the year, a rainwater catchment system is a workable solution. By collecting and using rainwater, you can also be assured that you have some of the cleanest, healthiest water available, as it will not have been treated with chemicals as the water that comes from your taps will have been.

Some advantages of rain harvesting:

  • Easily accessible
  • Set-up costs are low, with easy construction and  low-cost materials
  • Easy maintenance at household level
  • Sustainability is higher
  • Easily adaptable to different types of communities
  • Promotes both water and energy conservation
  • Reduce erosion and flooding

Rainwater harvesting Components

All rainwater harvesting systems (RWHS) have basics components, which include a catchment/collection surface, conveyance system, storage, distribution, and treatment. A RWHS can range in size and complexity. For more information on each, please see the menu on the right titled “RWH Components.”

RWH COMPONENTS 

  • Catchment/Collection Surface
  • Conveyance System
  • Storage
  • Distribution
  • Treatment

 

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STORM WATER (RAINWATER) MANAGEMENT


Storm water (rainwater) is water that comes from precipitation and ice/snow melt – it either soaks into exposed soil or remains on top of impervious surfaces, like pavement or rooftops. Stormwater will eventually evaporate off of a level surface, but most often it flows as runoff to another location.

Storm water (rainwater) runoff is any water running off a land surface before it reaches a natural water body. It occurs when the rate of precipitation is greater than it can infiltrate, or soak, into the soil. Runoff also occurs when the soil is saturated. Runoff remains on the surface and flows into streams, rivers, and eventually large bodies such as lakes or the ocean.

Movement of this storm water(rainwater) across the soil causes erosion. It can also carry and deposit untreated pollutants, such as sediment, nutrients and pesticides, into surface-water bodies.

Impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, parking lots and streets block rainfall and other precipitation from infiltrating naturally into the ground, leading to even more stormwater and potential pollutant runoff.

Most of the world water problems such as flooding, drought, water pollution, water shortage are all related to rainwater. Due to climate change and urbanization, water  problems are increasing throughout the world in both developing and developed countries. By proper rainwater management, we can reduce the risk of such problems and enhance the resilience.

Storm water (Rainwater) management solutions are techniques used to reduce rainwater runoff from causing damages, flooding and dispersing pollutants. Stormwater management involves detaining, retaining, or providing a discharge point for rainwater to be reused or infiltrated into the groundwater

One of the solutions designed to manage storm water (rainwater) is Rainwater Harvesting. Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) offers a small-scale best management practice to reduce stormwater runoff and the problems associated with it. By harvesting the rainfall and storing it for later use or direct groundwater recharge, water is slowly released back into the soil and then moves into groundwater table, providing a steady supply of water to local streams and river. 

Rainwater harvesting can be used to achieve a source control of rainwater, as it significantly reduces the peak flow and volume of rainwater runoff. 

Collecting and Using rainwater strengthens the hydrological  cycle, reduces storm water runoff and limit the demand for water from well, lakes, reservoirs and rivers. It’s a self-sufficient renewable water source that eliminates the need to rely on water treated with chemicals.

USES OF RAINWATER

  • Landscaping
  • In-home Use
  • Fire protection
  • Agriculture
  • Industrial

Other Storm water (Rainwater) management Solutions

  • Green Roofs
  • Permeable Surfaces
  • Rain Gardens
  • Silt Removal
  • Swales
  • Infiltration Trench
  • Soakaway
  • Bioretention
  • Ponds
  • Wetlands
  • Detention Basins
  • Infiltration Basins
  • Geocellular /Modular Systems

Read more about these solutions in our coming posts or call +2348158942188 to discuss any of these solutions

WHAT IS THE BEST RAIN GUTTER MATERIAL?

Rain Gutters are an essential part of your property’s structure, and one of the most important defenses against water damage. Designed for channeling water from the roof of your property to a proper drainage system, rain gutters have become a vital feature for any home or business. Therefore, owners have the important task to make an informed decision – according to their budget and the property’s needs – in order to achieve a flawless rain gutter installation. By doing this, you are making sure that your home stays dry and your foundation stays protected against water damage.

There is a wide array of rain gutter material to choose from. it’s not about which one of them is the best or the worst; it’s about which one works best for you, since every material has its advantages and drawbacks, and it is important for you to evaluate some aspects when choosing the right material for your rain gutters. 
Below is a list of the frequently used materials for rain gutters and their benefits and drawbacks, so you can go ahead confidently with your rain gutter installation.

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PVC Gutter

PVC rain gutters are preferred by homeowners, thanks to being inexpensive, lightweight, easy to install, and the fact that they never rust. Do-it-yourself enthusiasts prefer this material because it is very easy to handle and install. However, if installed incorrectly the rain gutters can sag. Other common problems with PVC rain gutters include brittleness and cracking due to exposure to extreme temperatures. Nevertheless, they are perfect for homeowners who need new rain gutters but are on a budget. More

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Aluminum Gutter

Aluminum rain gutters are the perfect combination of durability and price. They are a homeowner favorite because of their many advantages, such as being lightweight and easy to work with, as well as being rust-proof. Another plus is that seamless rain gutters can be manufactured with aluminum. As their name implies, these rain gutters do not have seams, thus preventing water from leaking. The makes aluminum one of the best rain gutter. The only disadvantage to aluminum rain gutters is that they aren’t as sturdy as other materials and can dent. More

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Galvanized Steel

Galvanized steel rain gutters are very popular among homeowners. They are usually coated with a layer of zinc and can either be professionally installed or purchased as a do-it-yourself project – though it is recommended that they are installed by specialists since the rain gutters need to be soldered together. The benefits of purchasing galvanized steel material is that they are cost-efficient compared to other materials. However, this material is prone to rusting and must be painted periodically.

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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel rain gutters are known for being extremely sturdy and durable. They won’t rust like their galvanized steel counterparts, in fact they preserve their shine for many years. However, because stainless steel is one of the strongest materials in the rain gutter industry, they are usually two-to-four times more expensive than gutters made from weaker materials.

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Copper

Along with stainless steel, copper is another high-end material, as well as one of the most durable for rain gutters. It doesn’t rust, and because of its elegant appearance, it is desired by homeowners everywhere and one of the best rain gutter. The only drawback is the price – since it is a high-end material, owners can expect to pay N5000 to N7000 per linear foot, though prices vary with the value of copper.

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Wood

Wood was one of the first materials used to create rain gutters but gradually dropped out of favor with the advent of more resistant materials. However, rain gutters made of redwood, cedar, and fir are still available and mainly used for renovations on historic houses. Wood rain gutters are expensive due to their classic appeal and range from N3500 to N7000 per linear foot.