What different downpipe products are there?

What different downpipe products are there?

Our downpipe and gutter ranges feature many different components and we understand it can be hard to know exactly which components you need to purchase. Keep reading to get a clearer idea of the different components you need to consider for your project’s specific requirements and design. 

Two main categories of products make up a guttering system: downpipe and gutter


While gutter is the horizontal component of a guttering system, downpipe is attached to the gutter and installed vertically. It provides connection between the gutter at roof-level and the drain at ground-level.

A bend allows two offset, vertical lengths of downpipe to be connected by a downward angled section. This is particularly useful when the gutter outlet is not positioned directly above the drain. 


Branches allow for two sections of downpipe to be connected together and combined into one. If, for example, two different outlets needed to feed into the same drain, this component would allow you to do this with ease.

Certain components are downpipe access fittings. This allows access inside the downpipe for inspection, cleaning or rodding.


Many downpipes and fittings come in either plain-ended, single-socket or double-socket versions. But what is the difference?

Plain-ended components have no socket on either end. To be attached to other fittings, they require the other piece to have a socket, or alternatively a coupler must be used. 

Single-socket fittings have a socket on just one end, while the other end is plain-ended. And double-socket components have a socket on both ends, so are not compatible with other double-socketed fittings and must connect to a plain end on both ends.




Couplers are fittings that allow otherwise incompatible components to be connected together, for example, two plain-ended lengths of downpipe. Adaptors, on the other hand, allow for downpipe to be attached to other types of pipe or outlets. And, finally, connectors are used to attach downpipe to a drain with an enclosed connection.

A flat gutter outlet can be used to place an outlet where desired in a flat gutter to then connect to downpipe without the need to install or retrofit a running outlet fitting.            

Brackets are used to connect downpipe to the wall. There are different versions available with single or double fixings or as a metal bracket. 

A shoe is the component that is fitted to the very end of the downpipe and acts as a funnel for the rainwater into the drain.


A rainwater head is installed at the top of the downpipe to collect rainwater and direct it into the downpipe.


Read this article to find out more about the other set of components that form part of a guttering system.


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