Management of rainwater

As well as the half round rainwater system VMZINC offers a wide range of other gutter shapes and sizes that offers scope for use with buildings of varying style and function.


These gutters have been developed over many years and have been in widespread use in Europe for all types of buildings in both the new build and refurbishment sectors. 

Whether they are used:

  • for roofing or facade to ensure the building is watertight,
  • in rainwater evacuation systems to collect, evacuate and direct rainwater,
  • or as an element in screw-on downpipe systems for easy effective connection of rainwater harvesters.

VMZINC solutions participate in the management of rainwater in buildings and are compatible with installation of rainwater harvesting systems.

Exterior and interior use

Harvesting and re-use of rainwater for exterior use (watering gardens, washing cars) is authorised and even often encouraged. For interior sanitary use (e.g. toilets and washing machines), re-use of rainwater is authorised but must follow local regulations.

Water harvested from zinc roofs can be used due to zinc being:

  • a natural essential element, i.e. it is vital for all living organisms; for humans it is the 3rd most important oligo-element after iron and magnesium (the only “weight” of zinc is its density and not its toxicological potential).
  • The European Union has just completed a risk assessment on zinc and its compounds (all applications) and one of the main conclusions is that sources of zinc emissions (agricultural fertilisers, wear and tear of tyres, corrosion of building products, etc.) do not generate any risks for the environment (11).

For all other uses not mentioned in the French decree – especially food for fish farms or food for human consumption – an effective filtration system for this type of use must be implemented, regardless of the type of building materials used for the building in question.

(10) “Rainwater harvesting systems subject to conditions”, Le Moniteur, 6 July 2007
(11) European Risk Assessment for zinc and zinc compounds – CASE n° 7440-66-6 and EINECS n° 231-175-3


An Environmental Product Declaration is an internationally recognised document containing environmental information on a building product.

Surface Finishes

VMZINC is an elegant partner for many building materials. Available in 10 pre-weathered finishes as well as mill finish Natural Zinc. Highly flexible, malleable and durable. Zinc can be embossed, perforated and incorporate texture helping to create imaginative designs