This has had numerous implications on the housing market. Those who used to pay £800 for a flat are now having to pay £2,300 a month for a flat. Many people are now struggling to find places to live, as there are no properties to rent, except for those that are too expensive for most people’s budgets. People are having difficulties affording properties even more, as the stamp duty tax gets reintroduced, and the reduction of mortgage approvals, falling from 69,500 approvals in March, to 66000 in April.

With the growing insecurity of the UK’s financial market, many residents have become much more frivolous with their money management. Many are now looking for ways to save money in the long term. Investing into your property is one of the safest ways to gain a return on your investment, with a majority looking to capitalise on the contemporary rise of the property market, by making their homes more appealing to buyers. This blog shall review guttering renovation as an essential way of improving your home appeal, and how it can save you money in the long run.

What Is A Concrete Gutter?

Finlock Guttering, also referred to as concrete guttering, is a form of guttering made of concrete. Concrete gutters are typically found in properties that were built between the 1950s and 1970s. Such gutters were initially introduced as a replacement for cast iron guttering systems, as there was a shortage of steel materials at the time. Concrete was the logical replacement, as it is both a durable and low-cost alternative to steel. Finlock gutters additionally provided a solution for closing the top of ‘cavity’ walls, which were also being introduced at the time – furthering their popularity.

Finlock concrete gutters are made of two horizontal troughs, which sit at the top of cavity walls. One trough is visible and serves as the gutter. The other trough spans the cavity between your internal and external walls. Finlock gutters vary in length between 200mm and 250mm. Although predominantly concrete, Finlock blocks were oftentimes connected using steel-reinforced rods and mortar. The joints between the blocks were then sealed and lined with a waterproof coating – such as bitumen or mineral felt.

Finlock guttering has since ceased in production, due to the eroding nature of the concrete’s material composition, incurring detrimental problems for users if required for long-term usage. In light of this, this blog examines what these problems are specifically, how much they will cost users if unresolved, as well as the best way to rectify them, and the benefits you may experience as a result.

What Is The Process Of Replacement?

Replacing Finlock guttering is the best way of eradicating their associated problems. Be sure to have the work completed by a professional, as some concrete guttering is extremely heavy, and may contain asbestos – therefore, consulting an experienced tradesman confirms that the job will be completed safely and effectively.

The process for gutter replacement is as follows:

 

  1. Our crew will deliver and erect our Easi-dec access equipment, which limits the need for highly visible scaffolding, saving you money and hassle. We can build our Easi-dec scaffolds on arrival and remove them the same day.
  2. We begin the process by pushing back the first row of tiles, removing any failed aluminium lining, and any pre-existing face plates.
  3. We then employ a diamond-tipped cutting blade, to remove the Finlock concrete blocks. This can be a noisy and dusty process, which needs to be done properly to avoid any potential structural damage to the property.
  4. We then install a pressure-treated timber faceplate to the remaining concrete – giving us a straight and solid base to attach the uPVC products to, eliminating cold bridging.
  5. We then install a uPVC fascia, soffit, and guttering to your property, ensuring that we use only the best materials, that have a 50-year manufacturer’s guarantee against fault, fading, or discolouration.
  6. We then install an E.P.S tray to your property; sliding it underneath the felt and making sure it overruns into the new guttering. An E.P.S tray helps to provide ventilation to your roof space, stopping water from getting through any tears or holes along the bottom of your felt, and directing it into the new guttering.
  7. The penultimate stage of the Finlock gutter replacement process is to join your new uPVC guttering solution to next door’s concrete guttering (if you share a downpipe). Our employees have a tried and tested method, as well as an abundance of skills to do this.
  8. Finally, we make sure to clean up any mess, putting all your rubbish into a heavy-duty ‘hippo’ waste bag to be collected.

How Much Does it Cost if You Do Not Replace Your Gutters?

Cold Bridging

Cold bridging can be highly problematic for homeowners, as it can affect user energy consumption, due to the negative impacts it has on insulation and being able to keep your home warm. So much so, that it is supposedly responsible for up to 30% of a dwelling’s heat loss.

Damp and Mould

When water begins to leak through faulty Finlock guttering, it can lead to damp and mould issues within your home, which is often a costly repair. This can become an exasperated problem if left unresolved and can detrimentally contribute to the health of inhabitants. It is suggested, that the cost of fixing rising damp can be anywhere between £200 to £5000 depending on the issue’s scale. There is also the obvious cost of plastering and decorating inside the bedrooms which can easily run you another £1,500 - £3,000.

Sagging and Uneven Guttering

Finlock gutters are liable to sagging and becoming uneven if there is an inadequate filling or strengthening at the point of their installation. Not only does this ruin the gutter’s ability to function correctly, but it can affect an inhabitant’s ability to open and close their windows, whilst additionally creating an eyesore that is likely to worsen your property’s curb appeal.

What Are The Benefits Of Replacing Your Concrete Gutter?

Easier to maintain

The biggest issue with older gutters is the incessant need for repainting and resealing them constantly. With the invention of new technologies, modern gutters are almost maintenance-free and keep their seals and colouring for much longer.

Faulty gutters can damage your property

Many faulty guttering systems separate at or around their seams. Consequently, as a result, water can begin to filter down the sides of the house. Eventually, this water will begin to damage the paint and siding of your property, eroding its foundations. If you’ve also invested considerable amounts of money on landscaping, then improper water flow from the roof can quickly destroy your expensive plants and trees.

Enhances curb appeal

Not only do new gutters protect your home needs, but they are also a noticeable detail that can help to turn heads. Furthermore, modern gutters can be customized to suit a variety of experimentations, with users deciding between different colours, materials, shapes, downspouts, accessories, and to add streamlined appearances to add a streamlined appearance to your property, can be different colours, materials, shapes.

Increase resale value

Home values continue to soar across the UK. New gutters aid in positioning a home seller much higher in an already competitive market. Gutters are often viewed as a hidden gem when it comes to real estate, as potential buyers see them as an important part of the property, and therefore help to get the asking price for your home. Many property agents consider gutters a requirement for a functioning home and will reduce the cost of installment from the sale price.

Better health conditions

New gutters can help to improve the health standards of your property. Those properties with malfunctioning gutters can add moisture to the property, forming mildew or mould that can worsen the conditions for sufferers of respiratory problems and allergies. New gutters are easier to keep clean, which further reduces the risk of poor air quality.

 

As highlighted above, the UK is currently in a dynamic state of financial affairs, with rising inflation and rent rates forcing people to better manage their money for the long term. Many people have invested in their properties as a safe way of capitalizing on contemporary high demands. One of the most effective means by which people are upgrading their property’s appeal is to renovate their guttering.

Guttering is considered an essential feature of your home and can be deducted from your selling price if ineffective. Having malfunctioning gutters can compound detrimentally if untreated, having significant cost implications for residents. Problems that may occur include cold bridging, dampness, mould, sagging and uneven guttering, and failing mortar joints, which can cost between £200 to £10,000+ depending on the severity of the issue.

By replacing your gutters, you enable better health conditions, increase the value of your property, enhance curb appeal, and reduce the likelihood of serious property damage. Finlock guttering may contain asbestos and can be technically challenging and to manoeuvre. It is therefore suggested that you consult a professional, as it ensures that the work can be carried out safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively.

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