Why were they used?

Concrete gutters, also known as Finlock gutters, were used in many parts of the UK. Tens of thousands of homes still have them installed and they are typically found on homes built in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They were used as a cheaper alternative to cast iron gutters due to metal shortages after the war effort. Concrete was seen as a low-cost and durable alternative - plus it was much more readily available.

Furthermore, Finlock guttering was a low-maintenance approach to guttering in a large portion of the UK. Unfortunately, concrete gutters have not stood the test of time and are now prone to several issues, such as leaking and causing mould. For this reason, concrete gutters are a failing system and will require consistent maintenance and repairs if not replaced.

How are they installed?

Concrete Finlock gutters are comprised of two troughs, lined up horizontally. One of the troughs is visible, and the other is embedded above the wall to cover the cavity. They vary in length and range between 200mm and 250mm. They are sometimes reinforced with iron rods and sealed with bitumen, but this is often down to the homeowner. Bitumen is a viscous material used in road surfacing and roofing due to its waterproof properties and corrosion resistance.

Despite their well-intentioned creation, Finlock gutters have gone on to cause quite a few problems, and they can be quite costly to repair and replace. The best, longest-lasting solution is to remove the Finlock guttering and replace it with a uPVC alternative, a difficult job that needs to be completed entirely by a removal specialist.

Finlock Removals has a depth of experience in this field and can take care of all your Finlock guttering worries, whatever course of action you decide to take. Get in touch with us today to see just how easy we can make guttering repair and replacement on your home.

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