Ged Laundry Chutes For The Stars
A laundry chute may not be the first thing that comes to mind when designing a home, being often viewed in the UK as a costly or luxury addition. However, it may well be one of the best investments you make, adding considerable comfort and value for the homeowner. Regardless of the size of the building, GED laundry chutes can be quickly, inexpensively and easily installed, and will continue to deliver noticeable benefits over the lifespan of the house.
Install and Design
GED laundry chutes are extremely easy to install, in many cases the cylindrical sections feature a basic male and female push connection, allowing them to be quickly and firmly connected. Once constructed, the system simply needs to be bracketed to the wall with the fire doors fixed securely at every entrance.
The chute sections can be made available in a wide range of diameters; this makes them highly flexible and allows them to be adapted to meet the requirements of each particular building. Often on new build projects the entire chute is designed to be completely concealed within natural voids, keeping rooms uncluttered. The chute entrance can also be designed to come out at the back of a wardrobe or cupboard. This allows it to be easily accessed while also avoiding any compromise on the final aesthetic of the room.
Alternatively an even cheaper approach, ideally suited for two storied properties, is to run the chute directly through the floor of an upstairs room to the intended laundry room. In this way the chute delivers the same time-saving and health benefits while its upper entrance simply occupies the space that would have been taken by a laundry basket.
GED laundry chute doors are available in a stainless steel finish or pre–primed ready to paint to match any internal decor. The chutes themselves can even be made into a feature, what child would not want a space rocket in their room?
Save time and sanity
Another key benefit is time-saving; rather than worn clothes being collected in one or more upstairs baskets, they instead go straight down to a basket next to the washing machine. As a result they can be quickly separated and placed in the washing machine, with some designs even allowing darks and lights to be channelled separately at the outset.
The simplicity of the solution makes it particularly useful for older children and teenagers. With a door installed in an upstairs bathroom or even their bedroom, they can throw their clothes in the chute rather than across their floors – no more nagging or picking up after lazy offspring.
Health and Safety first
There are clear health and safety benefits from having a laundry chute installed; in particular avoiding the risk of serious injury either as a result of bending and lifting heavy laundry baskets, or of trip hazards or falling whilst carrying them down the stairs. These benefits are immediately noticeable in a two storey house and offer even greater advantages in houses with multiple storeys such as loft rooms.
It is important to ensure that the chutes you install are both safe and of high quality. Tamper proof locks are an essential feature of GED laundry chutes, making sure that young children or vulnerable adults cannot simply open the doors to the chute. For additional safety on multi-level properties, interlocking doors can also be installed; these prevent potential injury from clothes or other objects being dropped on a person’s hand from a higher entrance in the chute.
As with any floor spanning cavity, it is also required that chutes come with proper fire protection measures to help limit the speed with which flames and smoke could spread around the house. All GED laundry chutes are fitted with fire doors rated to at least 1 hour according to the Building Standards, and for additional peace of mind, automatic mechanical fire doors can also be installed within the chute.
GED Laundry Chutes offers a full design, installation and maintenance service.
For further information please contact:
GED Laundry Chutes
Tel: +44 (0)161 300 1375