Finlock gutters aren’t the most common type of gutter, but they can still be found on homes across the UK. Finlock gutters are simply concrete gutters. They were built on homes between the 1950s-1970s and were used as a sturdy alternative to the metal shortages because of the war.
When they were built, Finlock gutters were a fantastic solution to the shortage of materials. However, through their lifetime they have presented several issues. Homeowners understand the issues presented by Finlock gutters and are often opting for Finlock gutter removal and Finlock gutter replacement.
Common problems with Finlock gutters
Lining failure is caused by the expansion and contraction of the lining due to change in temperature. The thermal changes can lead to the weaker points, such as junctions, separating. As a result of this, the heavy troughs of concrete can crack and split, creating access points for water to enter and cause further issues to your gutters, and your home. Lining failure is incredibly problematic and can be costly to fix. If you are experiencing lining failure, you should contact a Finlock gutter replacement specialist and look into a Finlock gutter replacement, so the issues do not return.
Cold bridging is when cold materials meet warmer ones which results in the cooling down of the warmer material. Cold/thermal bridging is common and can be an issue all year round. However, during winter, it can present more issues with how well your home is able to insulate and the quality of your energy consumption. Drafty areas will create a colder home and pose issues with energy consumption.
No Pitch on the Gutter
Modern gutters are tilted to allow rainwater to run away down the drainpipe and away from your home. Finlock gutters were installed on top of level walls and as such, no water can escape. This means water is sitting in the downpipe and is causing more damage the longer it is sat there. In some cases, it can cause the guttering to fall or collapse.
If the gutters do not have adequate filling or strengthening when they’re fixed, they can begin to sag and affect the beauty of your home. Sagging can also cause windows to become difficult to open and close.
Failing mortar joints
Failing mortar joints can cause further entry ways for water to get into your home and cause damage.
Damp and mould
When water is left in the guttering it can result in many issues. It can cause problems with the fabric of the building and increase risk of mould and damp growth. Both of which can be hazardous for your health and your home.
Damage to interior décor
With the above issues, damp and mould are incredibly high risk. Due to damp and mould growth, the wallpaper can come away from the walls, water marks and damp can be seen in your home and paint work around the home can be ruined. The only way to change this is to redecorate, but this can be a waste of time unless you have a Finlock gutter replacement. If you choose to repair the gutters instead of replacing them, the problems will return. If you want all issues to go away completely you should consult a Finlock gutter replacement specialist and enquire about a Finlock gutter replacement.
The main issues associated with Finlock guttering is their lack of reliability with water. Once the concrete has expanded, it leaves lots of entry points for water to seep through. Exposure to water will ruin the gutters and cause lots of recurring damage. Because of the consistent issues, it is recommended to swap your concrete gutters for a better material such as uPVC.
If you have some problematic Finlock gutters and are interested in a Finlock gutter replacement, contact us at Adeft and let us give you a free quote for your Finlock gutter replacement.