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Concrete Gutters: Their Problems and The Solutions Explained

Concrete Gutters: Their Problems and The Solutions Explained

Finlock gutters, which are also known as concrete gutters, were originally built on homes between the 1950s-1970s. Concrete was used as an alternative to some scarce materials (such as steel) that were used in the war effort. Despite their strong beginning, Finlock gutters have shown to break down over time, becoming porous and prone to several issues for homeowners.

Over their lifetime concrete gutters will break down and become porous and lose their waterproof properties. This will allow water to seep through the gutters and cause a lot of trouble that will result in costly and recurring issues.

Some of the common problems associated with Finlock gutters:

Lining failure. This is caused by water that has seeped through due to the failing of the gutters. It can be incredibly problematic and can lead to other damages. As such, it should be addressed immediately to avoid further costs.

Cold/thermal bridging can be challenging in all weather conditions and can even affect your home’s energy consumption and how well your home insulates. When these problems arise, it can sometimes cause the wallpaper to peel away from the wall, damaging the beauty of your home.

Additionally, Finlock gutters can wear down and begin to sag which affects the beauty of your home and the guttering’s functionality.

Due to Finlock gutters lack reliability with water, they aren’t very good when draining water. The water can remain in the gutter system for long periods of time and can cause issues with the fabric of the building which increases the risk of mould and damp growth. In extreme cases, the water will cause a puddling effect and can attract pests or begin to collapse the guttering.

Damp and mould can start to grow and cause further issues for the interior of your home. The damp and mould can grow substantially, causing the wallpaper to come away from the walls and potentially be an issue for your health.

The solutions to these issues are to invest in a concrete gutter replacement. Concrete gutters can be repaired; however, the issues will always return. Concrete gutter repairs will work for a short time, however, due to their lack of reliability with draining water, the issues will always come back. The only way to ensure you no longer have to worry about your gutters and the costly repairs is to invest in a concrete gutter replacement.

Once your gutters are replaced with something more reliable, such as uPVC, the issues will go away entirely and your new gutters will function in perfect working order, as well as avoid the porous issues linked to concrete gutters.

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