This can then result in sagging, leaks and water build-up. Long term issues associated with this are damp and mould growth, in and outside of your home. This can have detrimental effects on your health and the insulation of your home. When Finlock guttering goes unnoticed it can have many problems. In some serious cases, the water build-up can cause complete Finlock gutter failure and collapse. In other circumstances, the gutters can cause exterior issues and health concerns for your family.
Finlock gutters are concrete gutters, originally built as a tough and cost-effective alternative to steel. Due to steel shortages in the war effort, concrete gutters were a suitable alternative. Finlock gutters are mostly found on homes built between the 1950s-1970s and though they are not very common, they can be found across the UK. Despite their original reliability when being built, homeowners now face some Finlock gutter problems and as such are seeking repairs or replacements.
Common Finlock Gutter Problems
Lining failure occurs due to the expansion and contraction of the lining due to changes in temperature. The thermal changes can lead to the separation of weaker points in the structure, and at the junctions. Because of this, the heavy troughs of concrete are prone to cracking which creates access points where water can enter and cause further negative effects. This kind of failure is incredibly detrimental and should be addressed immediately, as it can be very costly to rectify. In these cases, a Finlock gutter repair may be the cheaper solution. However, the issues will still return, therefore a Finlock gutter replacement is the best solution in the long term.
Cold bridging is when cold materials meet warmer ones, which results in the cooling down of the warmer material. Cold/thermal bridging can be problematic in all weather conditions and can affect your energy consumption, and how well your home insulates. When there is such a problem, the wallpaper can begin to peel away at the top of your wall. Alternatively, if the wall is tiled, the tiles can start to become slightly raised and potentially need redoing. Replacing the Finlock gutters will rectify this.
Sagging and Uneven Gutters
Finlock gutters act as effective door and window opening joists. However, if there is not adequate filling or strengthening when they’re fixed, they can begin to sag. Sagging is also a result of badly replaced windows, which can become difficult to close or open and ruin the beauty of your home.
The Guttering Has No Pitch
Modern guttering is tilted which allows rainwater to run away and down the downpipe to the drains. Finlock gutters, on the other hand, were installed on top of level walls which means the water has no escape and will sit in the guttering causing more damage over time. In some cases, rainwater will gather and can cause the guttering to collapse.
Damage to Interior Décor
There are several issues associated with Finlock gutters. The problems they bring can affect both your interior and the exterior of your home. Water damage and mould and damp are huge issues.
Through damp and mould, the wallpaper can come away from the walls, water stains and damp can be seen, and paint can be ruined. Redecorating can be a waste of time as redecorating will only hide the issue. The gutters will need to be replaced entirely if you want these issues to stop completely.
Damp and Mould Inside Your Home
When water is left in the guttering instead of being carried away from the property it can have many issues. For example, it can cause problems for the fabric of the building and increase the risk of mould and damp. Both of which can be hazardous for your health and your home.
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Mr and Mrs Ashed | Coventry
We had our gutters lined by Finlock Removals, they were very professional and we aren’t experiencing problems anymore. If we decide to get them removed we will go back to Finlock Removals.
Mr and Mrs Rees | Surrey
We were looking at selling our property but found that buyers were trying to haggle money off because our property had concrete gutters. We decided to get them removed and replaced with upvc and we got our asking price.
Mr and Mrs Barker | Plymouth
Our concrete gutters were leaking, we’d had them lined by another company but apparently that counted for nothing. We decided to get them removed by Finlock Removals and haven’t looked back
Mr and Mrs Mason | Whitby
We’d had quotes from other companies but Finlock Removals really seemed to stand out and we’re so glad that we went with them.
Mr Franklin | Cheshire
I can’t believe how quickly the fitters completed the work and now it all looks so much better
Ms Ward | Essex
What a fantastic job! Signed the order form online, the fitters came with the access equipment, were polite and helpful and took the access equipment away with them
Mr and Mrs Lloyd | Cardiff
We had damp in our property. Removing the concrete gutters has resolved that problem and Finlock Removals were so helpful throughout
Mr and Mrs Gilbert | Kent
Finlock Removals have completely transformed the look of our house and were so efficient