Concrete Gutter Removal

The History Of Concrete Guttering

Concrete gutters, also known as Finlock gutters, was installed onto many properties built in the 1950s to late 60s. The aim was to be low maintenance, low-cost option for rainwater in comparison to metal guttering.

However, as many homeowners know too well, they sadly failed to live up to expectations and have caused an array of problems and damage to homes ever since.

There is short term, temporary solutions available to help stop the damage to houses from being as severe, however concrete gutter removal is strongly recommended as a long-term cost-effective option. A quick fix option such as lining will ultimately cost more, as it often needs replacing every few years.

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The Concrete Gutter Replacement Solution

The concrete gutter removal process needs to be completed carefully and by an experienced company. Old and damaged Finlock guttering is incredibly heavy, so extensive and strict safety measures must be followed.

Once the Finlock guttering has been successfully removed, we will install your hassle-free uPVC guttering – the difference is incomparable! Take a look at our recent work.

Contact The Concrete Gutter Specialists today for a no-obligation free survey and quote for concrete gutter removal and replacement at your convenience. Give your home a much-needed facelift and join our portfolio of very satisfied customers!

Why You Should Remove Your Finlock Concrete Gutters

Finlock concrete gutters are prone to issues such as movement and settlement, which can put extra pressure on windows beneath. This causes expensive and permanent damage to homes.

A knowledgeable and experienced contractor such as Concrete Gutter Specialists is required to safely remove and replace the old guttering with uPVC.

Leaking, Damp & Mould Issues

The movement and settlement of concrete gutters cause rainwater to settle and leak into the wall cavity. This eventually leads to water ingress and dampness within the walls and can mean windows start to bow and need replacing

Sagging and Uneven Gutters

Uneven and sagging gutters are a huge problem in Finlock guttering due to their weight and initial poor workmanship on initial installation or when windows are replaced. Not only does this look unappealing but it is a safety risk. This is a key factor in many homeowners’ decision to opt for a full concrete gutter removal.

Interior & Exterior Damage

The dampness due to water leaking can have devastating effects on the property’s interior, ruining expensive décor, such as wallpaper and tiling, as well as the known serious health implications.

The exterior of the house will be affected too, with brickwork gradually becoming damaged and dark, unsightly stains appearing.

Cold Bridging

Concrete gutters are well known for leaking and causing condensation inside houses.

Cold bridging happens when a cold material comes into contact with a warmer material and causes it to cool down. The cold material in guttering is the concrete and the warmer material is the inner masonry wall.

The main reason this happens is due to a breakdown in the grout that joins the sections together. Cold and damp passes into the home via the concrete sections that span the cavity wall – referred to as cold bridging.

A horizontal grey band then occurs from the condensation, as the warm air settles on cool surfaces. The effects are more noticeable during winter months and with cooler weather, as the difference between the internal and external temperature is much greater.

Inside the home, it can mean wallpaper peels away from the wall and tiles become slightly raised.

 

 

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