Concrete Gutter Removal & Replacement
Concrete Guttering – Where Did it Come From?
Concrete guttering, also known as Finlock guttering, was installed onto new homes built in the 1950s to late 60s. It aimed to be low-cost and low maintenance in comparison to metal guttering which was becoming harder and more costly to source.
Many well-known problems were discovered after installation, causing lasting ongoing damage to homes interior and exterior. This has caused expensive and permanent issues for many homeowners leading to them searching for concrete gutter removal options.
Movement & Settlement
Damp, Mould and Leaking
The movement and settlement of concrete gutters cause rainwater to eventually leak into the cavity wall. This gradually progresses to water ingress and dampness, amplified by bad weather, which often means windows will need replacing which is costly.
Sagging and Uneven Gutters
Uneven and sagging gutters are a consequence of the weight of Finlock concrete guttering and initial poor workmanship when installed, or when windows are replaced. Not only does this look unappealing but it is a dangerous safety risk - a key reason why many homeowners opt for a full concrete gutter removal as soon as possible.
Interior & Exterior Damage
Interior and exterior damage is another problem caused by dampness and water leaking. Wallpaper and tiling can start to bubble and lift, come off the walls and gradually become destroyed by mould, as well as the obvious known serious health implications. The exterior of the house will be affected too, with brickwork gradually becoming damaged and dark, and unsightly stains appearing.
Condensation & Cold Bridging
Concrete gutters are well known for leaking and causing condensation inside homes. Cold bridging happens when a cold material comes into contact with a warmer material, causing it to cool down. The cold material in the guttering is the concrete and the warmer material is the inner wall.
This happens due to a breakdown in the grout that joins the sections together. The cold and damp passes into the home via the concrete sections that span the cavity wall.
The Solution to Concrete Gutter Issues
There are short term solutions such as lining to help the damage to your home from becoming as severe, however, we highly recommend a full removal and replacement for modern uPVC guttering. Read more about this here.
Although more expensive than lining initially, it is more cost-effective in the long run to have a full concrete gutter removal and replacement. We highly recommended this to save you paying for lining every few years and ultimately much more money rectifying any damage in the future.
The Concrete Gutter Wizards are a knowledgeable and experienced contractor, with trusted expertise to safely remove and replace the old guttering with uPVC.