Why do Finlock gutters fail and How to Fix Them?

Finlock gutters are also known simply as concrete gutters.

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These gutters were built during the war effort when other materials were scarce. Finlock gutters are mostly found on homes that were built between 1950-1970’s and can still be found on homes across the UK. Despite their initial reliability, they are now presenting a lot of issues for homeowners and have encouraged a lot of homeowners to seek a Finlock gutter replacement.

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Common problems

Lining failure

Lining failure appears due to the consistent expansion and contraction of the lining because of changes in temperature. Thermal changes can lead to weaker points of the structure separating. Because of this, the heavy concrete troughs are prone to cracking, which creates access points where water can enter and cause further issues. Lining failure can be incredibly problematic and should be addressed immediately as it can be costly to rectify. In cases such as these, Finlock gutter repair may appear to be the cheaper solution. However, these issues will still return unless you remove the old Finlock gutters and choose a Finlock gutter replacement instead.

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Cold/thermal bridging

Cold/thermal bridging is when colder materials meet warmer ones, resulting in the cooling down of the warmer material. This can be challenging in all weather conditions and can even affect your energy consumption and how well your home insulates. When these problems arise, it can sometimes cause the wallpaper to peel away at the tops of the wall, ruining the beauty of your home.

Sagging/uneven gutters

Finlock gutters act as an efficient door and window opening joist. However, if there is not adequate filling or strengthening when they are fixed, they can begin to sag. Sagging can also result from badly replaced windows, which can become progressively difficult to open or close, as well as ruin the beauty of your home.

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No pitch on the gutter

Modern guttering is tilted, which allows rainwater to run freely down the downpipe and away from the house. Finlock gutters were installed on the top level of the walls and as such, the rain has no easy escape and can end up inactive in the gutter, causing more damage over time. In some cases, rainwater will gather and can lead to the gutter collapsing.

Damp and mould

Due to Finlock gutters’ lack of reliability with water, they aren’t very good at draining away water. The water remains in the gutter and can cause issues with the fabric of the building. This increases the risk of mould and damp growth, which can not only affect the beauty of your home. But can also be problematic for you and your family’s health.

Damaged interior

Damp and mould can cause serious issues for the interior of your home. The damp and mould can grow substantially, causing the wallpaper to come away from the walls. As well as this, water stains and damp can appear on your walls. Redecorating will be the only solution, however unless you get a complete concrete gutter replacement, the problems will only return.

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The best solution to fixing the problems associated with Finlock concrete gutters is to seek a specialist and have a Finlock gutter replacement. Finlock gutters aren’t reliable and have proven that they cannot stand the test of time. A Finlock gutter repair might initially seem like a more cost-effective solution, however the problems will always return. Therefore, if you are looking for the most cost-effective solution, a concrete gutter replacement is your best bet. If you or anyone you know is considering a Finlock gutter replacement, do not hesitate to contact us today.

Additionally, if you are concerned about Finlock gutter costs associated with your Finlock gutter replacement, contact us for a free quote today!


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