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Fascias in Oxfordshire

Gutter Maintenance provides a quality selection of Soffits, which are easy to maintain, as well as designed to complement modern and traditional buildings. Gutter Maintenance provide Soffit and Fascia repairs and replacement throughout Oxfordshire areas including Oxford, High Wycombe, Watford, Aylesbury, Banbury, Bicester and Hemel Hempstead.

Fascias tend get the most exposure from the elements. Traditionally they were made out of wood. Unfortunately, having wood exposed to the sun or rain, the wood would often swell, crack, and the paint would often begin peeling away, making the whole building look unkept.

Fascias & Soffits by Swish

Visit the Swish website at www.swishbp.co.uk for more information on Swish Soffits and drainage products.

  • Fascia fitment on household
  • Swish approved installer

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Fascia Technical Specifications

All of our products can be specifically designed and matched to best suite your requirements. Please take a look at our technical specification below:

  • 20mm-thick board, design to fit directly onto rafters of a building
  • It is standard for boards to be secured to rafters at a maximum of 600mm centres.
  • Various colour-match fixing pins and corner trims are available
  • Our fittings are specifically designed to comply with the BS476 Part 7: 1997 Class 1, fire rating

Whether you need your Fascias fully replacing or repairing, Gutter Maintenance provide a range of solutions for your building including:

  • Provide a full choice of styles for newbuild
  • Replace degraded timber fascias
  • Over-cap existing sound fascias
  • Use colour to co-ordinate with windows and door systems
  • Create individual & traditional roof styles

Soffit types available

  • Flat Board (Vented and Unvented)
  • Cladding (Vented and Unvented)
  • 300mm Fluted Soffit
  • A series of joints and ventilation strips complete the range.

Covering the following areas

    • Maintenance Contracts

      We carry out regular maintenance contracts to rainwater systems, cleaning and repairing and replacing where necessary.

      Working on all types of building

      Department of Environment, Local Authorities, Hospital Groups, University and College Buildings, Churches, Farms and more.

      Bespoke Guttering

      We provide a range of PVC, Aluminium and Cast Iron Guttering, we offer bespoke guttering to fit any building design.

      Fabrication Services

      We also offer a specialist fabrication service for specialist profiles.

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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Gutter Maintenance Oxford Ltd

  • Unit 3a,
    Field Farm Business Centre,
    Launton,
  • Bicester,
  • Oxfordshire,
  • OX26 5EL