Gutter Maintenance – Finlock Guttering in High Wycombe

Broken or blocked guttering can eventually cause significant problems to your home if you do not seek professional advice and repair services. To avoid issues such as mould, condensation and weakened woodwork and brickwork, we supply and install high quality finlock guttering and can provide advice on the best products to use for your needs.

With experience in working with new and old domestic buildings, specialist buildings such as churches, and commercial buildings, we have the knowledge and skill to fit finlock guttering in a wide range of properties. Using only the highest quality products manufactured by the leading brands in the industry, you are guaranteed to receive the best service with Gutter Maintenance.

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Suppliers of Gutterline®

Gutterline® is an innovative new gutter lining solution that has been proven to prevent leaking and other drainage issues. Due to the high quality of this product and its impressive results, all members of our team are professionally trained in installing Gutterline® and we offer this service to all our customers in High Wycombe.

As approved installers of Gutterline®, our team can provide you with any information you may need as well as advice on which products will benefit you the most. For more information, please call us on 01869 277 100 or send us an online request and we will get back to you.

    • 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.

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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

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