Grey is the new White!

Grey is the new White!

There is an undeniable trend within the Home Improvement market from white towards colour when choosing replacement windows, doors and roofline products. Grey is rapidly becoming the new white! At Freefoam we are seeing these market forces converting into sales and have seen a significant increase in orders for Anthracite Grey fascia and soffit during the last year. Installers can now provide homeowners the opportunity to create a fully coordinated roofline for their home by offering Freefoam’s new Anthracite Gutter.

Introduced last year, the Anthracite Grey rainwater range is an exact match (RAL No.7016) to the already popular fascia and soffit products and coordinates with many popular shades of window frames and door finishes.

With a 77mm depth and a 116mm width, the Deep gutter is designed to manage the increasing levels of rainfall that are being experienced throughout the UK. Available with the full range of matching fittings including Union Brackets, Running Outlets and Hoppers, and manufactured using co-extruded PVC-U, the Freefoam Freeflow range offers a long lasting, leak free, no fade, low maintenance solution all with a ten year guarantee.

Co-extruded to reduce leaks

Like the existing Freeflow rainwater system, Freefoam manufacture Anthracite Grey products using the co-extrusion method to create a white interior and darker exterior colours. This is Freefoam’s innovative solution to the problems associated with rapid heat absorption and expansion of dark coloured gutters, which can cause leaks and noise when they cool down. A white interior reduces heat absorption and subsequent expansion along the width and length, dramatically decreasing the probability of leaks.

Colour stability built in

Freefoam is the colour specialist. The new Anthracite Grey rainwater range is manufactured using Freefoam’s patented ColormaxTM technology - an advanced master-batching process with a blend of natural PVC and pigments that are simultaneously co-extruded to produce built in colourfastness, colour variety, and reliable colour matching, all with a ten-year guarantee.

Colin St John, UK General Manager commented “The Anthracite Grey rainwater range offers architects, specifiers, builders, developers and home improvement companies the opportunity to create a perfectly coordinated roofline. We have established ourselves as leaders in the manufacture of colour PVC building products and this option is another example of how Freefoam are producing products that allow customers to meet the growing market place demands for colour.”


Company Overview for:

Freefoam Plastics

Freefoam is a leading manufacturer of PVC-U and PVC-UE building products for roofline and rainwater applications including a wide range of fascias, soffits, rainwater systems, external cladding and interior decorative panelling. Freefoam’s PVC roof trim products offer house builders, local authorities, developers and installers a low-maintenance alternative to conventional timber fascia and soffit. In addition, Freefoam’s products are stylish, versatile and come in a large range of colours and designs to add style and definition to domestic and commercial buildings.

The Company was founded in Cork, Ireland in 1990 and co-ordinates manufacturing and sales for the Irish and Continental markets. Its subsidiary company in Northampton, Freefoam Plastics (U.K.) Ltd., manages the manufacturing, distribution and sales activities for the UK market. Freefoam supports the excellence and innovation of its products through its proficient and professional service, ensuring that it delivers what customers need, when they need it, and this includes service, advice and support.

Freefoam employs over 200 staff throughout Europe and considers its role within the community as vital to its success. To ensure minimal adverse effects on the local environment the manufacturing process is subjected to continual review. It operates to ISO 9001:2008 quality standards for continuous improvement across all operations, processes and procedures to ensure that its customers receive the highest level of quality and service.

In addition, Freefoam has been a leading advocate of lead-free environmentally friendly manufacturing of PVC roofline products for many years, thus enabling the Company to offer a 20 Year Extended Guarantee against discolouration on registered installations.

The Freefoam roof trim system is certified by both the British and Irish Agreement Boards (the BBA and IAB).