No. 3 of 10 Reasons to Choose Seamless Aluminium Gutters
Seamless gutters are perfect for the circular economy
The circular economy is a relatively new concept. It often referred to simply as “circularity” and is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. This regenerative approach contrasts with the traditional linear economy, which has a ‘take, make, dispose’ model of production.
Seamless gutters are a perfect example of how a circular economy can work in a closed-loop to help and protect natural resources and lower levels of embodied carbon.
Gutters are manufactured by ARP using low embodied carbon aluminium. The product has a longer maintenance-free life expectancy, as certified by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) than plastic gutters or some other metal systems, thus eliminating the need to revisit the site to perform regular maintenance or prematurely replace.
Once the product does reach the end of its serviceable life (30+ years) the product will have a scrap value, encouraging recycling of the product. This scrap can then be turned into new aluminium products, using 95% less energy than the product made from virgin aluminium and closing the loop from manufacture to use and then re-manufacture to re-use.
This cycle can continue indefinitely, as aluminium does not suffer from a degradation of properties.