Concrete Gutter Replacements Manchester

What are concrete gutters?

Concrete gutters are also referred to as Finlock gutters. They are drainage gutters installed around a home to safely remove rainwater and close the cavities at the top of the bricks. Concrete gutters are most found on homes that were built between the 1950s and 1970s.

 

Why were concrete gutters used?

Concrete gutters were used nationwide; tens of thousands of homes still have them installed to this day. They were introduced as a cost-effective approach to replacing the use of cast iron gutters in home building due to the shortage of steel.

Concrete gutters were believed to be a low maintenance approach to the guttering in Manchester and a large portion of the UK. Unfortunately, it has become apparent that concrete gutters are at best inefficient; at worst dangerous. Gutter repairs in Manchester may not be the best solution for yourself and CGS has experts that will find the best solution for you.

 

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How are they installed?

Concrete Finlock gutters are comprised of two troughs, lined up horizontal. One of the troughs is visible, and the other is against the wall to cover the cavity. They vary in length depending on application and range between 200mm and 250mm. They are usually reinforced with iron rods and sealed with bitumen. Bitumen is a viscous material used in road surfacing and roofing due to its waterproofing nature and corrosion resistance.

Why would you need a concrete gutter replacement company in Manchester?

Manchester is the third biggest city in the UK, meaning there are a lot of homes in the Greater Manchester area. A decent number of those have Finlock concrete guttering. The biggest flaw of concrete guttering is that concrete is porous.

Concrete has pockets of air where moisture can get into and weaken the structure. Concrete gutter removal companies in Manchester would be able to remove the gutters before they damage your home. If the guttering develops cracks, then the water could damage the interior walls in your home. If this happens then it will cost thousands more to locate the damage, remove the guttering and repair any structural damage. You can opt for gutter repairs in the Manchester area instead of a full concrete gutter replacement, but you will only be putting off a necessary refurbishment.

 

What are the advantages of replacing concrete gutters?

Concrete Gutter Replacement is essentially going to become a necessity the longer the concrete guttering is left unmaintained. Concrete Gutters in Manchester, need to be upgraded to a more efficient and damage-resistant material.

Depending on what you need, there is a solution for you. UPVC for example is a lightweight material that is watertight and much better at dealing with the weather. UPVC is also cheaper regarding gutter repairs. UPVC is also much more appealing to look at, concrete is notoriously a cold grey colour that detracts from the beauty of your home.

 

Quality concrete gutter replacements in Manchester are high in demand currently. What most want is the assurance that it will be done right the first time. CGS offers the stability of a large guttering company so we can offer a guarantee of work that some smaller companies cannot. With a turnover of over £3 million last year; we are one of the largest companies for replacing concrete guttering in the UK. Get in touch with us today to see how we can save yourself from unnecessary maintenance costs!

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