Aluminium vs. UPVC Guttering
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Whether you are looking for professional gutter repairs for your commercial building or domestic property, our team here at Gutter Maintenance have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the highest quality repairs. With a portfolio containing brand new builds, traditional churches, hospitals and local authorities, we can provide a service that will leave your drainage system working efficiently for years to come.
Whether you have broken elements of your guttering that are causing leaks, or need to replace large sections due to wear, we can ensure that your guttering is working correctly again. Using only the best products from the highest quality brands in the industry such as Alumasc Swish BP, we have gained a reputation for providing an unrivalled service.
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As part of our gutter maintenance service, we provide a comprehensive list of repairs and work that will ensure that your guttering is kept to a high working standard throughout the year.
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We carry out regular maintenance contracts to rainwater systems, cleaning and repairing and replacing where necessary.
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Department of Environment, Local Authorities, Hospital Groups, University and College Buildings, Churches, Farms and more.
We provide a range of PVC, Aluminium and Cast Iron Guttering, we offer bespoke guttering to fit any building design.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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