Gutter Repair in Bicester

Guttering can become damaged for all sorts of reasons including everyday wear and tear or battling against the elements. It might not always be necessary to replace your guttering if it becomes damaged though as with our gutter repair service we aim to fix any damaged or broken guttering and restore it to top condition.

We have experience of dealing with leaking joints, cracks, blocked or loose guttering and can efficiently and effectively repair it. We have been operating across the Bicester area for over 40 years, assisting both domestic homeowners and commercial businesses with our gutter repair service.

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Experts in Gutter Maintenance

Our team are also able to assist you with any gutter maintenance that you may require. We have worked on all types of buildings to ensure that the guttering is working to its full potential and can offer regular servicing plans to help clean and clear where necessary.

If you would like to organise a gutter maintenance plan for your property, or for further information about our services then you can give us a call on 01869 277100 and speak to our expert team.

    • 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,
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  • Weston-on-the-Green,
  • Oxfordshire,
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