SWISH | BUILDING PRODUCTS DECEMBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 51 of view, when it is installed correctly, it will probably last the lifetime of the dwelling. As well as these functional attributes, cellular PVC also keep an aesthetic card up its sleeve. Cellular PVC is an extruded, foamed material with an integral smooth and durable skin. A wide range of colours and foil finishes skins are available, providing a considerable degree of flexibility in co-ordinating and contrasting with popular window and door styles, as well as coloured rainwater management systems. Cellular PVC can be cut, drilled, nailed and routed using conventional tools. It is light to handle, easy to fix and does not require any painting or subsequent treatment after installation. Style and function Decorative profiles can also be factory-made which allow designers to match traditional, vernacular detail. A good example is a roofline detail found in rural Wales where award winning developers, PAR Homes used sculptured boards from Swish Building Products to enhance 45 homes at their Bronllys site in the Brecon Beacons. Pictured At their Court Meadow site, PAR Homes created a ‘village’ environment within Bronllys town and the Swish profiled barge boards help visually connect the new development with the heart of the existing community. According to, Swish, cellular PVC also represent an environmentally responsible use of plastics. Not only do they not contain CFCs, lead or cadmium, which are considered harmful to the environment, but the company’s manufacturing processes have also taken huge strides over the last decade by reducing its production CO2 footprint by a third since 2008 and its use of water by nearly 80% in the same period. Swish also points out that cellular PVC has a very long-life span and when replaced, can be fully recycled. Complementary rainwater systems Swish also manufactures a complementary range of rainwater management systems – guttering, fall pipes and attendant bracketry – all designed to efficiently collect and dispose of rainwater run-off from building roofs. For designers looking to replicate the traditional cast iron guttering profiles, Swish manufactures an authentic reproduction of original designs, accurately made in all the traditional profiles, sections and sizes and with a surface texture that makes them highly appealing and cost-effective alternatives to the hugely more expensive, real thing. A final thought. Few designers today enjoy the luxury of unlimited budget and a totally free creative hand. This is not necessarily a bad thing, nor should it prevent a stylish and functional solution to a challenging design brief. What we should strive for is good design, well executed with the right materials, that will stand the test of time. And within budget. As Pollio said many years ago: “Commodity, firmness and delight”. For more information on Swish rainwater systems and cellular PVC roof line products, contact: Swish Building Products: 01827 317 200, www.swishbp.co.uk Clean simple lines and contrasting, light grey roofline systems, work beautifully with the monotone planes of roof and wall. Black fascia boards and square section rainwater system sit in harmony with reproduction handmade brick and art-stone window dressings. PAR Homes used sculptured boards from Swish at their Bronllys site in the Brecon Beacons. Multiple-layer build-up of Swish sculptured fascia board creates a unique and highly decorative effect, very much in keeping with the local vernacular.
Building Products December 2017
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