Why we recommend removal

Finlock gutter removal is an option available to homeowners who are experiencing the many drawbacks concrete guttering brings today.

Poor installation, combined with the sheer weight of the concrete, has led to an array of problems.

With weather changes, joints in the Finlock guttering will move by expanding and contracting, therefore allowing water to penetrate the cavity wall. This results in damp issues inside the property, as well as making the internal temperature colder.

The main problems we see are:

  • Leakages concrete gutters cause

    Flooding and leaking

  • Damages concrete gutters cause

    Interior and exterior building damage

  • Mold concrete gutters cause

    Damp and mould

  • Concrete gutter issues cause sagging

    Sagging and uneven appearance

  • Waterdrops

    Cold bridging and condensation

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Buy now, pay later

Pay nothing for 6 months and then spread the cost for as little as £54 per month*

*Credit is subject to status and affordability

The order process

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    Quotation

    Our free quotations couldn't be simpler - we don't even need to visit. A quick chat with some questions about your guttering, downpipe location, property access, ground conditions etc, is all we need to compile your quote.

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    Quotation

    Our free quotations couldn't be simpler - we don't even need to visit. A quick chat with some questions about your guttering, downpipe location, property access, ground conditions etc, is all we need to compile your quote.

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    Order placing

    When you place your order with us, we will confirm your chosen options for colours, gutter shape etc, and then a formal order form will be drawn up for you to sign. We do not take any deposit and the balance is paid in full once the job is done.

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    Order placing

    When you place your order with us, we will confirm your chosen options for colours, gutter shape etc, and then a formal order form will be drawn up for you to sign. We do not take any deposit and the balance is paid in full once the job is done.

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    Installation

    Once we receive your order, our installations department will contact you to arrange your fitting date and explain how things will work concerning any scaffolding or waste removal needs. They will also let you know the names of the fitters attending your home.

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    Installation

    Once we receive your order, our installations department will contact you to arrange your fitting date and explain how things will work concerning any scaffolding or waste removal needs. They will also let you know the names of the fitters attending your home.

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    Completion

    Once your work is complete you can pay via bank transfer or card payment over the phone to our office. A full invoice is provided before hand and your warranty is activated upon receipt of payment.

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    Completion

    Once your work is complete you can pay via bank transfer or card payment over the phone to our office. A full invoice is provided before hand and your warranty is activated upon receipt of payment.

The replacement process

  • Setting up HSE approved equipment to line concrete gutter

    We have invested heavily in supplying our teams with the latest Easi-Dec access equipment which reduces the need for scaffolding, saving you money and hassle. The fitters will erect their Easi-Dec upon arrival and remove it the same day.

  • Setting up HSE approved equipment to line concrete gutter

    We have invested heavily in supplying our teams with the latest Easi-Dec access equipment which reduces the need for scaffolding, saving you money and hassle. The fitters will erect their Easi-Dec upon arrival and remove it the same day.

  • Finlock removal team

    The first steps involve pushing back the first row of tiles, removing any failed aluminium lining and also removing any of the face plates that can be found on the square style of concrete gutter.

  • Finlock removal team

    The first steps involve pushing back the first row of tiles, removing any failed aluminium lining and also removing any of the face plates that can be found on the square style of concrete gutter.

  • Using diamond tipped cutting blade

    We use a diamond-tipped cutting blade to cut away your Finlock concrete blocks. This is a noisy, dusty process and one that has to be done properly to avoid any structural damage to the property.

  • Using diamond tipped cutting blade

    We use a diamond-tipped cutting blade to cut away your Finlock concrete blocks. This is a noisy, dusty process and one that has to be done properly to avoid any structural damage to the property.

  • Cleaning out the concrete gutter

    We install a pressure-treated timber faceplate to the remaining concrete. This gives us a straight and solid base to attach the uPVC products to, and also helps eliminate cold bridging.

  • Cleaning out the concrete gutter

    We install a pressure-treated timber faceplate to the remaining concrete. This gives us a straight and solid base to attach the uPVC products to, and also helps eliminate cold bridging.

  • uPVC gutter replacing concrete gutter

    Using only the best materials is paramount to our work. We will install a quality uPVC fascia, soffit and guttering on your property. All of our materials have a 50-year manufacturer's guarantee and they will not fade or discolour.

  • uPVC gutter replacing concrete gutter

    Using only the best materials is paramount to our work. We will install a quality uPVC fascia, soffit and guttering on your property. All of our materials have a 50-year manufacturer's guarantee and they will not fade or discolour.

  • Joining your new concrete gutter lining to your neighbours

    We will install an EPS (eaves protection system) tray on your property, which slides underneath the felt and overruns into the new guttering. It provides ventilation to your roof space, stops water from getting through any tears or holes along the bottom of your felt and directs all water perfectly into the new guttering.

  • Joining your new concrete gutter lining to your neighbours

    We will install an EPS (eaves protection system) tray on your property, which slides underneath the felt and overruns into the new guttering. It provides ventilation to your roof space, stops water from getting through any tears or holes along the bottom of your felt and directs all water perfectly into the new guttering.

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    One of the final and most crucial stages is joining your lovely new uPVC guttering with your neighbour's concrete guttering (if you share a downpipe). We have a tried and tested method for doing this and it requires a lot of skill – which we have in abundance.

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    One of the final and most crucial stages is joining your lovely new uPVC guttering with your neighbour's concrete guttering (if you share a downpipe). We have a tried and tested method for doing this and it requires a lot of skill – which we have in abundance.

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    Finally, we will clean up any mess, put all your rubbish into a heavy-duty HIPPO waste bag which will be collected, and then we leave your house looking stunning and the envy of your neighbours.

  • Concrete gutter replacement icon

    Finally, we will clean up any mess, put all your rubbish into a heavy-duty HIPPO waste bag which will be collected, and then we leave your house looking stunning and the envy of your neighbours.

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Choose a trusted specialist to complete the work safely

Finlock Removals serves over 48 counties and we have serviced thousands of properties over our 20 years of experience within the industry. We thrive on not cutting corners and we're so confident in our work that we offer a 20-year warranty and 10-years insurance with every fitting.

Removing concrete gutters can be a challenging and potentially dangerous task, especially if you are not experienced with this type of work. Hiring a concrete gutter specialist to handle the job can save you time and ensure that the work is done safely and effectively.

Here are some of the main advantages of working with a specialist:

 

  1. Experience and expertise: We have the experience and expertise to handle the removal safely and efficiently. We are familiar with the necessary tools, techniques and safety precautions required for this type of work.
  2. Equipment and tools: Our engineers have access to specialised equipment and all the tools needed. This can include heavy-duty saws, drills and other equipment that makes the job easier, safer and faster.
  3. Insurance and liability: Our specialists carry insurance and are licensed and bonded, which protects you from liability in case of accident or damage during the process.
  4. Proper disposal: We know how to properly dispose of concrete gutters and any other materials removed during the process. We will ensure that everything is disposed of in an environmentally friendly and safe manner.
  5. Time-saving: Removing concrete gutters can be a time-consuming process, especially if you are not experienced with this type of work. Hiring Finlock Removals can save you time and allow you to focus on other aspects of your home renovation or roof replacement project.

The alternative to Finlock gutters – a uPVC solution

The modern alternative is a full replacement with a uPVC solution. Replacing Finlock guttering with uPVC avoids the potential risk of expensive, long-term damage to your home.

Improved energy efficiency

More visually appealing exterior

Higher chance of a home sale

Less hassle with repairs in the future

The cheapest solution in the long run

Our extensive experience helps ensure your property is protected from future moisture and damp problems. You will receive a fit-for-purpose, well-ventilated drainage solution that is hassle-free.

Once successfully installed, your uPVC guttering will stop further leaks and dampness caused by faulty joints and grouting. It also improves thermal efficiency and reduces the risk of condensation.

It is important to note that any pre-existing damp must be properly treated and given the time to completely dry out.

FAQs

Finlock gutters were installed just after the end of World War II in areas that needed rebuilding due to bombing during the war. At the time there was a shortage of steel and a surplus of concrete. This is when a company called Royston came up with Finlock gutters, which were designed to be maintenance-free and were integrated into the structure of the house.

Unfortunately, as time has taken its toll the gutters have not performed to their initially intended design, as concrete soaks up moisture. This did not stop them being installed on approximately 90,000 houses across the country though, as the issues took years to become apparent.

There are plenty of companies out there who will do the job cheaply for you. However, you should question where they are cutting corners to get the price so low and how this will adversely affect your property. The cost, when done properly, will depend on numerous factors including, but not limited to, access issues, asbestos on site, how many sides need replacing, availability, etc. If you would like a free quote, then please contact us to discuss this.

The fitting teams at Finlock Removals do this kind of work day in, day out. As such, we can normally replace a side, all being well, in one to two days. If it is plain sailing, then our experienced teams may well be able to get two sides done within one day. We will normally give you an indication as to how long we expect the fitters to be on your job, but you will not be living on a building site for weeks on end and your property will not be left exposed to the elements.  

In short, no. The majority of the work we do involves joining new guttering to a neighbour, and we have a tried and tested method of doing this. Our method ensures there are no leaks in this area, which is often problematic for other companies.

While this may seem like the cheaper option, it's not more cost-effective in the long run. Lining is only a temporary solution, and you will find yourself having to reline your gutters again in the near future. While many companies may offer a guarantee, should you read this in finer detail you are likely to find that it does not cover further deterioration of the concrete gutters themselves. Even the lining companies know that Finlock gutters are a failing system!

Finlock Removals offers a 20-year warranty as part of the terms and conditions of each sale, which covers the workmanship and materials. We know that we only use the best on both fronts. We also offer an independent warranty to all our customers, from the IWA (Independent Warranty Association), which covers the above for ten years (the maximum they will offer). So you have the added peace of mind should anything happen to us.

We appreciate that solar panels are becoming increasingly popular. However, most companies that install them will only allow you to move them twice during the entire duration of them being on your roof. As such, to save you the hassle, we have developed a technique so you do not have to move them that still allows us to replace your concrete gutters with uPVC.

The dampness that you are likely to experience from failing Finlock gutters is going to present itself in the top corners of your upstairs rooms (adjoining to the concrete gutters) or on the exterior of the property just below the concrete gutters. As soon as you see anything like this, we advise that you get your Finlock gutters replaced with uPVC.

If you can get them replaced before it reaches this point, then you will also save yourself redecorating costs. Bear in mind it will take a few months for your property to dry out completely. If you can get a dehumidifier in the affected rooms or open a window on days when it’s not damp, this will also help.

If you are still experiencing damp issues, then we recommend that you have your roof felt inspected. If this has not been replaced and is still the original felt from when the property was built, then it is likely to be around sixty years old. As the gutters are the same age and proven to be a failing system, we always recommend starting with replacing these.

The asbestos in these downpipes is the lowest grade possible. While we wouldn’t advise handling this yourself, our fitting teams are trained and qualified to handle asbestos safely so we can do this for you, no problem. It will be wrapped and tagged as per regulations. We will then organise for a licensed asbestos removal company to remove the asbestos from site.

A lot of other companies out there use ladder cripples which have been widely condemned by the HSE. We use fully compliant Easi-Dec equipment which means we can access areas safely that other companies cannot. This will also be bought and taken away by the fitters. There may be some occasions where scaffolding is required, but if this is the case, we are likely to have a preferred supplier in your area whom we can contact to arrange this.