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Copper – for rainwater harvesting and roof ridge flashing.

14 August 2015

Coppa Gutta (TM of Good Directions Ltd) is the only manufacturer in the UK supplying copper rainwater systems and have specialised in copper guttering since 1992.

Copper used for gutters and down pipes can form an integral part of a rainwater harvesting strategy. Copper does not rust and turn the water orange and has a mild disinfecting effect on the water - particularly relevant for storage of untreated rainwater.

Copper is a wholly natural material present in and essential to all plants, animals and humans. Copper is 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly. Once installed, which is easy with ready-made components and silicone sealant, the gutter will last in excess of 100 years with very minimal maintenance. Besides its high corrosion resistance and attractive appearance it also acts as an algaecide and fungicide, keeping growths such as moss and lichens to a minimum, with obvious advantages when it comes to keeping gutters clear and harvesting water.

To complement the range of guttering a copper ridge flashing product is also available. For a low cost, natural way to reduce repetitive and often dangerous roof cleaning, installing copper ridge flashing will help to diminish the growth of moss, algae and lichen build up on the roof.

Not only can this build up create a dull and dirty looking roof, it can also cause many structural problems. Even the thinnest layer of moss will act like a sponge, absorbing water and therefore increasing the weight and stress on the roof, shortening its productive life span. Frost can also become a problem pushing tiles up and cracking them.

Another advantage to keeping lichen from growing is the reduced risk of airborne infection from fungus aspergillus niger, a significant cause of allergic and respiratory illness in humans.

Moss build up on roofs has become more prevalent today since the Clean Air act, which reduced the output of sulphur into the atmosphere via fossil fuels. Moss would have previously been killed off by the sulphur in the atmosphere and now requires direct action to prevent its spread.

Once installed our copper ridge flashing will react with the air and rain causing the copper to oxidise, producing a fungicide called copper sulphate, a highly effective moss killer which will last for many years.

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