TECHNICALINFORMATION

At Polypipe, we offer complete solutions to our customers. That’s why all of our rainwater systems, including Elegance Colour, come with a selection of quality fittings and fixtures designed to complement the style and performance of our products. The following technical information provides you with an overview of the practical application of our systems.

Gutter installation

Like all gutters, Elegance Colour should be installed as high as possible on the property and positioned so the edge of the roof is central to the cross-section of the profile. Although the performance of Polypipe gutter profiles enables them to be installed level, it is recommended that a fall of 1:600 is achieved. Supporting at our recommended spacings will reduce any sort of ponding, sagging or silting.    

Brackets and supports

Due to the varied nature of rainwater installations, we offer a wide range of support options for our Square and Sovereign profiles. All systems feature a standard PVCu fascia bracket as well as top and side rafter brackets and rise and fall brackets in galvanized metal.

Gutter selection​

Due to the infrequency of extremely heavy rainfall in the United Kingdom, it’s regarded as normal practice to design rainwater systems using a rainwater intensity level of 75mm per hour. To calculate the gutter requirement, multiply the E.R.A. (m2) by a factor of 0.0208 (75mm/hour divided by 3600 seconds/hour) to give the flow rate in litres/second (l/s). Once a flow rate has been determined select the required gutter profile. This calculation must be adjusted if a gutter angle is introduced to the rainwater gutter run. 

GUTTER FLOW CAPACITY BASED ON LEVEL FALL

Outlet size (mm)FLOW CAPACITY (L/S)Max flow rate (l/s) to BS EN 12056Max distance to stop endMax distance between outlets (m)
Outlet fixed atEndCentreEndCentre
Square1.0832.16752104
Sovereign2.1004.200101202

GUTTER FLOW CAPACITY BASED ON 1:600 FALL

Outlet size (mm)FLOW CAPACITY (L/S)Max flow rate (l/s) to BS EN 12056Max distance to stop endMax distance between outlets (m)
Outlet fixed atEndCentreEndCentre
Square1.5173.03372144
Sovereign2.9505.900142284


 

Calculating roof areas

The aim of designing a rainwater system is normally to achieve a balance between the cost of the system and the frequency and consequence of possible flooding. The capacity of the gutter should be sufficient to provide adequate disposal of the heavy rainfall usually associated with summer thunderstorms. A simple methodology for roof drainage design is shown below but for further information regarding roof drainage refer to BS EN 12056-3: 2000 Roof Drainage,