How Concrete Gutter Replacement Improves Your Home

Finlock gutters are a concrete gutter system mostly found on homes built between 1950-1970. Concrete gutters, when they were built, were a great way to use up materials that were not in demand at the time. However, now, they have proven to be more problematic for homeowners.

Concrete gutters have proven to present a lot of issues and need a lot of work to fix. As a result, if your home does have concrete gutters, you should look into concrete gutter replacement and seek a concrete gutter replacement specialist when convenient.

External leaks

Why We Reccomend Concrete Gutter Replacement

Common problems caused by concrete gutters are listed below and can have negative effects on your home; inside and out.

Lining Failure

The main cause for this kind of failure results from the expansion and contraction of the lining as a result of changes in temperatures. However, there are many other causes to this problem: the thermal changes can lead to the separation of weak points or at the junctions. As a result of this, the heavy inflexible troughs of the concrete crack. This creates access points where water can enter and will cause detrimental effects. This kind of failure is particularly problematic and should be addressed immediately as it can be very expensive to rectify.

Cold/Thermal Bridging

Cold bridging is when cold materials meet warmer ones, resulting in the cooling down of the warmer material. Modern guttering is installed outside the walls of your home; however, this was not the case for concrete guttering. The inside of the block will form the top of the outside walls of your home. The outside is exposed to the elements. If it’s cold, the risk of condensation inside your home increases. This would not occur with modern guttering – no part of which would be inside your home.

Cold/thermal bridging can be identified by horizontal grey bands at high levels of the perimeter walls. When there is such a problem, the wallpaper can begin to peel away at the top of your wall. Alternatively, if the wall is tiled, the tiles could start to become slightly raised and potentially need attention after your gutters have been replaced.

Sagging and Uneven Gutters

Concrete gutters act as door and window opening lintels. However, without adequate filling or strengthening when they’re fixed, they can sag slightly. Additionally, sometimes new windows cannot handle the weight of the gutters, which also result in sagging, which can be costly to fix.

The Guttering Has No Pitch

Modern guttering is tilted to allow rainwater to flow towards the downpipe to be carried away into the drains. However, concrete guttering was installed on top of level walls. This means the water will sit in the guttering, thereby causing more damage over time. In some cases, rainwater can collect and potentially cause the gutter to collapse in sections.

Failing Mortar Joints

 As mentioned above, this allows water to seep through into your brickwork. Over time, it can cause serious damage.

Damp and Mould Inside Your Home

When water seeps through the guttering instead of being carried away from your property, it will affect the fabric of the building. This increases the risk of damp and mould inside your home and associated health risks.

Damage to Interior Décor

Wallpaper can come away from the walls, water stains and dampness can be seen, and paint finishes can be ruined. However, redecorating is a waste of time as the problem will return to ruin new décor unless the gutters are replaced entirely.

Damp and mold

Due to all the negative issues associated with concrete gutters, replacing them with something more trustworthy, like uPVC can have several benefits.

  • Concrete gutter replacement costs can be expensive. However, in the long run, replacement is the best solution. This is because if the concrete gutters are kept, they will need to be repaired several times. As well as ultimately needing to be replaced anyway. Therefore, the cheapest and most efficient method would be avoiding repairs and opting for a concrete gutter replacement as soon as convenient. 
  • Concrete guttering is typically a cold grey colour and can have a negative impact on the visual beauty of your home. Opting for something more subtle like uPVC guttering can reduce this negative greyness and look more visually appealing on the exterior of your home.
  • Concrete gutter replacement can also have positive effects when coming to sell your home. Prospective buyers may be aware of concrete gutter replacements costs and be less inclined to purchase your home. Whereas uPVC offers a lot less problems and is generally more common. Additionally, buyers will notice a new gutter system and see this as a positive factor of the property.
  • With concrete gutters, you may notice a ‘puddling’ effect where rainwater gathers instead of being able to run away freely. This increasingly builds up and, in some cases, can cause over spilling. This then causes the concrete to sag over time and the gutters can no longer function well for the purpose intended. If this occurs, consult a concrete gutter replacement specialist and seek a replacement as soon as convenient.
  • When you replace your concrete gutters with a more functional uPVC solution, not only will water be able to flow away much easier, but the material is also much less likely to lose its shape, meaning it will be more functional for many decades to come.
Internal leaks

The concrete is insulated with treated timber which the fascia will be attached to, helping to prevent any unwanted cold air from seeping into your home. This will help keep your home warmer and improve your home’s overall energy efficiency.

Overall, concrete gutter replacement costs should not impact your decision to replace your concrete gutters. Seeking a concrete gutter replacement specialist and replacing the gutters as soon as convenient will be the most cost-effective solution and minimise your chance of gutter issues in the future.

A concrete gutter replacement can have several positive impacts on your home. As listed above:

  • Improved energy efficiency
  • More visually appealing exterior
  • Higher chance of home sale
  • Less hassle with repairs in future
  • Cheapest solution in the long run