Good maintenance of rainwater goods is crucial to the preservation and longevity of historic buildings but unfortunately they can often be overlooked. Rainwater goods are products installed to the exterior of a building to manage rainwater disposal and protect the building from water ingress and damage. The style and materials of rainwater goods can indicate age and architectural style of a historic building with materials including cast iron, lead lined stone gutters, copper, aluminum and even timber.
If maintenance has not been carried regularly, rainwater goods may require restoration or replacement to avoid any deterioration to the building through water damage. Before nay work is carried out, historic research and a condition survey will take place to understand the original design and materials and current damage or missing elements.