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Common Problems with Concrete Gutters and Finlock Gutters

Differential Thermal Movement and Bridging Cold - TLG Aluminium Guttering


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TLG Aluminium Guttering can help you to solve common problems with concrete gutters and finlock gutters. Differential thermal movement is caused by different materials expanding and contracting by different amounts as the temperature changes.

Such differences have caused the gutter sections to move relative to each other so instead of providing a smooth run for water, linings become damaged and water can sit in the gutters which also leads to dampness in the cavity walls and the concrete deteriorates over time.


Thermal Bridging
/ Bridging Cold


Thermal bridging or bridging cold has become a major problem with concrete finlock gutters due to central heating and double glazing being installed in homes. As a result the average temperature inside properties is now higher than in the past.

The bridging cold manifests as a black mark where the ceiling meets the wall, where the wallpaper is coming away at the top, as well as in bathrooms where tiles are dislodged.

In the summer it is not as great a problem but in the winter when the heating is on and the finlock gutters become very cold and moisture in the warm interior air condenses on the wall in the vicinity. This leads to cracking, mould and damage to the decorations.

The problem is caused as follows

  1. The air inside the house will carry more water as the central heating raises its temperature.
  2. The finlock gutters allow cold to cross the cavity and creates a cold strip where the internal wall meets the ceiling.
  3. Condensation forms where the warm air meets the cold surface (on a much reduced scale of a mirror in a bathroom). In bathrooms it is much worse particularly in shower cubicles.

LINING CONCRETE GUTTERS CANNOT SOLVE THIS PROBLEM!

Cutting gutters off does reduce this problem substantially as between the cold and the top of the wall a 22mm wood then a 18mm PVC layer is created.

WHERE GUTTERS HAVE BEEN CUT OFF BY TLG GUTTERS DUE TO THERMAL BRIDGING IT HAS ALWAYS ELIMINATED THE DAMP.

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