Finlock gutters, also known as concrete gutters, are not very common, but they remain on some homes across the UK. Finlock gutters were originally built on homes between the 1950s-1970s as a substitute for scarce materials (like steel) that were being used in the war effort and were not readily available.
Concrete gutters were considered sturdy and reliable, however, as they age, they begin to break down and pose a lot of issues for homeowners, as well as regular repairs and a pricey bill at the end. Finlock gutters require consistent repairs due to their porousness. Concrete gutters lose their waterproof abilities and allow water to seep through and cause damage to your gutter system and the inside of your home.
When concrete gutters fail, the issues continue returning until the gutters receive proper treatment. Some of the common problems caused by concrete gutters are listed below.
Cold/thermal bridging is caused by failing gutters. This can be challenging in all weather conditions and can affect your home’s energy consumption and how well your home insulates. When these problems arise, it can sometimes begin to impact the inside of your home and cause the wallpaper to peel away from the wall, damaging the beauty of your home.
Additionally, Finlock gutters will wear down and begin to sag, which affects the beauty of your home and the guttering’s functionality. As well as potentially putting pressure on your windows.
Because Finlock gutters aren’t very good at draining water, the water remains in the gutter system for long periods of time and can cause issues with the fabric of the building which increases 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.
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.
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.
To fix these issues, it is recommended to get a Finlock gutter replacement. A Finlock gutter replacement will ensure that the issues are resolved, and you do not have to continue repairing them over time. A concrete gutter replacement is an effective procedure that makes sure your gutters are removed and replaced with something more reliable.
Replacing your gutters can be an expensive procedure, but it will be the most economical choice as it saves you additional repair costs in the future, giving you total peace of mind that your gutters are again fully waterproof and reliable.