Did You Know This About EPDM Rubber Roofing?

What are your options when it comes to replacing a flat roof? Felt is one material that springs to mind, but there are many benefits of EPDM Rubber Roofing too. How much do you actually know about this material? Before you can consider a rubber roof for your home, it’s not a bad idea to learn the advantages of EPDM rubber roofing. Consider some of the facts you might not know as well, to help in the decision-making process.

It does not leak

A leaking roof is useless but this is something you don’t have to worry about when you install an EPDM rubber roof. If your roof leaks, this can lead to major problems damaging the internal ceiling, walls and electrics inside the house. Fix this with rubber roofing. Once fitted, an EPDM rubber roof protects you against leaks, giving you a watertight covering. With a huge life expectancy of up to 50 years, the last thing you’ll be worried about when you install rubber roofing is water penetration inside your property. Instead, you’ll have a durable and dependable roofing system that’s totally leak-free.

It’s good for any climate

Rubber roofing is the perfect material to use in a wide range of climates so ideal for flat roof properties in cold or hot climates. It copes equally as well during the hottest days of summer as it does in freezing or snowy conditions. Don’t worry about temperature fluctuations if you have rubber roofing installed. There’ll be no cracking and the roofing won’t become brittle either, it’ll look just as good and perform exactly the same as it did when you first had it installed. Rubber roofing is the material of choice whatever the weather has in store.

Smell is never an issue with Rubber EPDM Roofing

Unlike certain roofing systems, there are no nasty odours to contend with when you install an EPDM rubber roof. Plastic based roofing often emits a toxic stench, and this can be quite unpleasant to breathe in, which can be fairly overwhelming in certain instances. There are no such issues with rubber roofing. Whether you are installing it yourself or having it professionally installed, there are no nasty smells to contend with during the installation of a rubber roof. Instead, you are provided with a simple-to-install roof that looks good and leaves no pungent aromas, which can be an important factor for some people.

Like the sound of Rubber EPDM Roofing?

There are certainly many things to like about EPDM rubber roofing and no obvious negatives. If you are looking for a great looking flat roofing solution that’s easy to install and extremely hard wearing, it could be the ideal solution for you.

Ask us for a FREE no-obligation quote to have a rubber roof fitted at your property. It’s one of our areas of expertise here at Finlock Gutter and you can contact us today or call us on 01233 659534.

10 Ways To Prepare Your Home For The Winter

As summer draws to another close and we head into the autumn, it’s a good time to prepare your home so you are fully equipped to cope with the worst of the wintry weather. Act now and you can sit back and relax whether it’s raining, windy or snowing heavily outside. Put these ten items on your to-do list today and tick them off one by one if you want peace of mind this winter.

Lag Pipes

Water pipes are prone to freezing over the winter months so make sure they are lagged properly with foam insulation. If they freeze then thaw it can cause untold problems, where pipes burst and wreak havoc in your home. Lag them now when the weather is mild and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

Book a Boiler Service

Arrange to have a boiler service if you haven’t already done so. Regular maintenance on central heating systems helps to prevent problems in the future. If you are proactive now, there’ll be no need to be reactive later on. A yearly service ensures your system is working perfectly and spots minor issues before they become major hassles.

Insulate The Loft

Prevent heat escaping through your roof by having your loft areas lagged with insulating materials. Not only will this keep your house cosy, it could also reduce your energy bills. Whilst you are at it, consider having cavity walls filled with insulating materials to make your home warm and inviting.

Bleed Central Heating Radiators

Stop cold spots affecting the performance of your radiators. Bleed the system with a radiator key and keep central heating free from trapped air for optimum performance levels. If you have serious cold spots at the top of radiators, and bleeding the system doesn’t help, a power flush might be required.

Trim Trees

Take a closer look at the trees around your property. Do any of them need pruning to prevent branches breaking off, which could cause damage during a wintry storm? Trim the tree now before the leaves start to drop and you could prevent problems with clogged guttering or winter storm damage.

Clean Gutters

Speaking of gutters, have them cleaned to remove fallen leaves and loose foliage. Left untreated, gutters can become blocked and water can pool on roof spaces and run down the walls of the house. Get them cleaned during the autumn and you’ll be ready for heavy rainfall or snowfall during the winter.

Check Roof Tiles

It’s not a bad idea to have your roof checked when your gutters are cleaned too. This way you will know if there are any slipped or missing tiles which could allow water to flow freely into the house. A quick check will establish this, and you can make arrangements to have tiles replaced or repaired if anything sinister appears.

Stock Up On Firewood

Got a real fire or a wood burning stove? Stock up on supplies of firewood before winter really starts to bite and you’ll be toasty and warm no matter how cold it gets outside. Buy firewood now and you won’t be left stranded when there’s a mad rush for fuel in the winter.

Seal Draughts

Doors and windows are prone to draughts so check them for currents of air. You can seal around the edges with specialist draught strips and buy quirky draught excluders to place at the foot of doors. This will help to keep heat in and should also assist by lowering your energy bill.

Get a Better Energy Deal

Shop around for better deals on utilities and save money on your heating bill this winter. Check out comparison sites to find the best deals on gas and electricity in your local area and switch to a better provider at a cheaper rate.

Are you ready for the winter?

There’s no better time to prepare your home for the winter so act now before it’s too late. If you need concrete gutters replacing before the winter, need a new gutter lining, or want a rubber roof installing, contact us here at Finlock Gutter for the best possible rates, or call today on 01233 659534.

The Benefits of EPDM Rubber Roofing

Got a leaking flat roof? Hold fire before you decide to replace this with traditional felt, there’s a better solution out there. Rubber Roofing is a genuine alternative that gives you superior results. At Finlock Gutter, we have been installing EPDM rubber roofing for a good number of years now, to great customer satisfaction.

What are the advantages of this type of flat roofing system though? Keep reading and you’ll soon realise, rubber roofs are so rewarding!

Cost

One of the biggest advantages of rubber roofing kits is the cost. Per square foot, it is cheaper to buy and install EPDM rubber than it would be to fit a felt roof. If cost is something you are concerned about, rubber roofing could allay these fears. Simply calculate how much it will cost you to cover a flat roof in rubber, and compare this to a felt roof. When you see the price difference, this should sway your opinion and make you realise how much of a saving you can make.

Lightweight, so easy to install

EPDM rubber roofing is a lightweight material but also very strong. Rubber is softer than felt and more flexible too, making it easier to install on a roofing system. Thanks to the lightweight properties of EPDM rubber, no additional reinforcement is needed as part of the installation process. Instead, the rubber membrane is simply rolled out and glued over the existing roof. Or if the existing roof has become too perished, it gets stripped back, and new 18mm plywood sheets are installed before the rubber roofing is fitted into position. All of this means installations are really straightforward with EPDM rubber roofing.

Simple to repair

Rubber roofing is lightweight and tough, but like any roofing system, it can also suffer from accidental damage from time to time. Thankfully, this is easy to repair, so any breach of the membrane is a simple fix. Rubber roofing does not scuff or scratch easily, however, if you somehow manage to damage it, this can be repaired quickly and cheaply, with the minimum amount of inconvenience.

Looks good & stays clean

EPDM rubbers roofs are fitted as one piece systems with no unsightly joins. They’re an attractive slate grey colour and trimmed to size, to provide a very neat finish. This combines to create an attractive roofing system that looks totally natural in its environment. Rubber roofing doesn’t suffer from cracks, splits or any sign of wear and tear, plus it doesn’t show up dirt and repels the advances of mould growth.

Great life expectancy

Fit waterproof rubber roofing membrane and you can fully expect it to last for anywhere up to 50 years. Rubber roofs are amazing value for money and go on to last for years. Far outliving traditional felt systems, EPDM rubber just keeps on going and provides you with unfaltering service during its lifetime. If you are looking for a no-nonsense roofing system that can genuinely outlive the time you spend living in your property, fit a rubber roof.

Kind to the environment

A one piece EPDM rubber roof covering is made from environmentally friendly materials and can be used in the creation of green roofing systems. The waterproof coating makes it especially good if you want to use sedum plants as a top layer for a green roof. Transform your shed or outbuilding and use a rubber roofing membrane as the base layer for a feature, greener type of roof.

You can insulate it

Rubber roofing membranes are useful for garages, outbuildings and sheds that do not require any type of insulation. However, they can also be used in conjunction with insulating sheets for areas such as kitchens, dining rooms and main areas of the home, fitted with a flat roof. Add a layer of insulation and this helps to trap heat inside the property and save money on energy bills.

There are plenty of great reasons to choose EPDM rubber roofing for your new flat roofing system. Find out more and get a FREE rubber roof quote from us here at Finlock Gutter. We have the best rubber roofing deals and you can contact us for more information by calling 01233 659534.

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7 Shocking Facts About Concrete Guttering

It might have been popular in the 1950s and the 1960s but concrete guttering is certainly out of place in the modern world. Own a property that is fitted with dated Finlock Guttering and it is more than likely in need of repairing or replacing, which can be an issue if you underestimate the level of work required.

Designed to save money originally, concrete guttering is a ticking time bomb that we guarantee will need attention at some point. Routine problems are commonly associated with Finlock gutters and here we highlight some of the main problem areas whilst revealing a few shocking facts you will want to read.

Fact 1 – Concrete gutters rarely have enough outlets

One of the design flaws of Finlock gutters was a woeful lack of waste outlets. The creators of concrete gutters, in their infinite wisdom, failed to incorporate enough waste water outlets during the design stage. This lead to issues with flooding after the guttering started to clog with leaves and other types of debris. The lack of outlets often caused the gutters to leak which contributed to greater problems as the performance of the guttering started to deteriorate.

Fact 2 – Sealants contribute to issues of flooding

A large number of concrete guttering systems were lined with sealant or asphalt types of materials when they needed updating. Depending on the standard of the work, this can actually affect the performance of the guttering and contribute to incidents of flooding. More often than not, the finishes were less than flawless. In many cases, they were rough and ready after being fitted unevenly.

Fact 3 – Poor repairs add to this problem

Concrete gutters are often patched up during their lifetime and sadly, many of these repairs are quick-fix solutions. Quite a number of fixes are prone to failure which merely creates a larger problem which leads to more costly courses of action in the future.

Fact 4 – Installation methods were crude and inadequate

Finlock gutters were typically laid flat and this created further issues with blockages. As the gutters filled with mulch, this created blockages and led to incidents of flooding. It’s quite common for different guttering sections to move, shift and become misaligned. When this happens, joints start to separate and leaks start to appear.

Fact 5 – No thought was given to window replacements

One of the biggest blunders associated with Finlock concrete guttering was not giving any thought to home modifications in the future. Take replacement windows for example. Window installation companies with no prior knowledge or experience of concrete guttering often failed to realise that gutters formed part of the lintel, offering support above the window frame. Once new windows were fitted, the gutters started to sag and issues with bulging or misaligning walls became quite obvious.

Fact 6 – Cold bridging was never a consideration

Concrete guttering created a thermal bridge from the outside of the home to the inner areas. When the cold on the inside of the concrete guttering met the warmth of interior cavity walls, condensation would often form, especially at the top of inner walls. This would often lead to damp and other water penetration issues which deteriorated after a period of time.

Fact 7 – Cowboy companies gave the industry a bad name

Sadly, shifty contractors have made good money out of concrete guttering over the years. Questionable builders, roofers, and so-called gutter experts have tarnished the industry by completing shoddy repairs and inadequate gutter replacements. We can never condone such actions here at Facsias 4 You. Whether you have a Finlock Gutter Replacement or new Finlock Gutter Lining, we always deliver excellent service levels at the best possible prices.

Please contact us for more details or get your FREE no-obligation quote for a Finlock gutter removal by calling 01233 659534.

Why Gutter Maintenance is So Vital

As we head into the autumn months there’s never been a better time to consider a gutter clean, repair or replacement if you suspect your guttering isn’t performing as well as it should. Routine maintenance will help to improve the effectiveness of your guttering system which can become clogged, defective or underperforming during its lifetime.

Whether you have badly designed Finlock Guttering or new soffits, PVC fascia boards and plastic downpipes, you really should have your guttering cleaned at least once a year, especially as you head into the winter months.

Fail to do this and you will create unnecessary problems which could lead to expensive and unplanned expenditure in the future. Something you really could do without.

Have you ever wondered why it’s important to have your guttering cleaned or replaced? If the answer is yes, or you simply haven’t considered this for quite a while, let us explain the importance of effective gutter maintenance at Finlock Gutter.

What happens to gutters if you fail to maintain them?

Fail to clean your gutters regularly and they can become prone to blockages which in turn can lead to damage and longer term problems. Over the course of time, many obstacles can create blockages in gutters and downpipes such as rotting leaves, moss and debris dropped by birds, or deposited by the wind. Left untreated, these items can accumulate and a gradual build-up of debris can lead to blockages.

Objects that block gutters and downpipes include:

• Wet and dry leaves
• Moss, algae, twigs and small branches
• Litter caught in the wind
• Items dropped by birds
• Dead animals

Any or all of these contributing factors could create a blockage or at the very least, limit the performance of your guttering system. Left untreated, the debris builds month after month until you start having problems.

How do you know when there’s a guttering problem?

Visual inspections of gutters can be difficult from ground level. Unless you are confident using ladders or have some other means of checking the condition of the guttering, you will be reliant on the physical performance of the system. You’ll know when you have blocked gutters. Take a look outside when it’s raining heavily and if you spot water overflowing from the guttering, running down the side of your house, you know there’s a blockage that needs looking at. In this case, you can either clear the gutters yourself or call for expert help.

What if you leave the gutters as they are?

We wouldn’t recommend this at Finlock Gutter. Left untreated and you will only be placing undue pressure on the guttering system. This can cause sagging on gutters, which can sometimes be noticeable from ground level. There’s also the danger of damp penetrating the outer walls of the property, due to rainwater not being able to drain away properly. In severe cases, the extra weight created due to a build-up of debris can lead to issues with joints, support brackets and gutter seams. If you leave blocked gutters untreated this can lead to extensive and expensive repairs after a while. All of which is preventable.

Is there a solution which prevents this?

Keep gutters, fascias and soffits in good condition by checking them regularly and maintain them at least once a year. The best time to do this is during autumn prior to winter, just after the leaves have fallen from the trees. If you have old concrete gutters, you could have them replaced with high-quality uPVC gutters which are so much easier to maintain and cause fewer problems.

As one of the leading contractors specialising in Finlock guttering replacement and repairs, this is one area we can certainly assist you with at Finlock Gutter. With our expertise, you can have new guttering systems installed which you can clean and maintain on a regular basis to prevent any type of rainwater issue.

Call us today for more details on 01233 659534