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Fascias & Soffits Replaced

The No Maintenance Option

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Welcome to Gutter Maintenance

Gutter Maintenance – Guttering Specialist in Oxford

Here at Gutter Maintenance, we are experts in installing, maintaining and repairing guttering across the Oxford region, offering quality craftsmanship and bespoke customer service. We have built a solid and trusted reputation as the leading guttering specialists carrying out work on both modern and longstanding properties.

Operating on both a domestic and commercial level, we have experience in fitting and repairing all types of gutters including cast Iron, Aluminium, PVC and bespoke fabrications. Whatever your property or exterior design, we can work in-tune with current and existing styles carrying out a seamless transition.

We have worked with local authorities, hospital groups, churches, farms and new-build developments offer bespoke gutter solutions providing one-off installation and regular maintenance and repair work of the highest quality.

We also provide products from such names as Alumusc Swish BP throughout Oxfordshire.

 

We are approved installers of Rubberised Plygene Gutterline, a proven solution to eliminating leaks and drainage issues in concrete Finlock gutters. Their water-tight and flexible properties prevent any water from escaping giving you complete peace of mind.

Professional Gutter Cleaning

Investing in professional gutter cleaning is one of the most effective ways to keep your guttering in good condition. Should any repairs or replacements be required, we’ll be able to assist with this too.

Our close working relationship with such industry leaders only emphasises our already glowing reputation and the number one choice for many. What’s more, our experts are readily available to answer any questions that you may have as well as offer advice, guidance and surveying options if required.

So make the right choice and choose Gutter Maintenance, the leading specialists for all things guttering, including gutter cleaning. Call our Oxford branch today on 01869 277100 to speak to one of our team.

Most people haven’t heard about Finlock gutters. So, when they hear the term, they ask themselves what this kind of guttering is this. If you’re one such individual who hasn’t come across this kind of guttering, this piece should hopefully enlighten you. Finlock gutters are a system of guttering made of concrete. They’re usually found in properties that were built between the 1950s and the ’70s.

The purpose for which Finlock gutters were introduced

These gutters were formally introduced as a replacement to cast iron guttering systems. This is because there was a shortage of steel at the time. Hence, concrete was logically a durable and low-cost alternative to steel. Furthermore, cavity constructed walls were becoming more common at the time and Finlock gutters served to close the top of the cavity walls. They could also be used as load bearing for openings where doors and windows were placed.

The composition of Finlock gutters

A Finlock gutter is built from two troughs that are horizontally positioned and sit at the head of a cavity wall. One of the troughs serves as the gutter while the other one distances the gap between the walls, also known as the cavity. This cavity sits on the internal wall. The Finlock blocks were varied in length, typically between 200 and 250 mm. These blocks were connected to one another using steel which was reinforced with mortar and rods. The sealing was then done, and the troughs were lined with a coating of bitumen or any other waterproof material, alternatively the lining was done using a mineral felt.

finlock guttering

 

Finlock gutter problems

Lining failure

The main cause of failure in these gutters is that resulting from expansion and contraction of the lining as a result of changes in temperatures. However, there many other causes of this problem as the thermal changes lead to the separation of weak points or at the junctions. As a result the heavy inflexible troughs of concrete often crack leading to points through which water can enter. This kind of failure should be addressed immediately because it can be extensive.

Cold/thermal bridging

Cold bridging is when cold materials meet warmer ones resulting in the cooling down of the warmer material. This often presents as horizontal grey bands at high levels of the perimeter walls. When there’s such a problem, the wallpaper can begin to peel away at the top of your wall. If the wall is tiled, the tiles could start to become slightly raised.

Sagging and uneven gutters

These gutters act as door and window opening lintels. However, without adequate filling or strengthening when they’re fixed, they can sag slightly. Sagging can also result from poorly replaced windows, such windows become difficult to close or open.

Solutions to Finlock gutter problems

The problems associated with these gutters can be removed through either complete replacement or relining and repair, the former option is costlier. The relining and repair options are a short-term solution, it’s often done using a waterproof material.

 

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Head Office

  • Gutter Maintenance (Oxford) LTD,
  • Unit 2, Landscape View,
  • Weston-on-the-Green,
  • Oxfordshire,
  • OX25 3AD,