13 May Guarding Gutters this Autumn
Cooler mornings and evenings are the sign that Autumn has arrived. Tree leaves are changing colour and falling, and many eucalypts have shed their bark in the warmer months leaving lots of bark lying around. This change of season raises the question for many homeowners – ‘When did I last check and clean my gutters?’ and do I need some sort of gutter guard?
April to June often brings higher rainfall in Sydney and no one wants to get caught with a blocked gutter and water damage to their home. So now is the time to encourage everyone to check and clean their gutters. A clean gutter is part of a home’s first line of defence in managing the flow of rainwater away from it, in a downpour or storm. If gutters are blocked with leaves, twigs and bark, they will not be able to do their job effectively and water damage may occur.
Did you know – Insurance policies are devised to cover sudden and accidental damage. This means damage due to a lack of or poor home maintenance, may not be covered by an insurance policy. Everyone needs to check their PDS to confirm their insurance cover.
Safe gutter cleaning
It’s always worthwhile calling in an expert with risky home maintenance jobs, such as gutter cleaning, where climbing up ladders and onto roofs is needed. As a professional, you have all the kit and tools to do the job safely and quickly. You also have the skills to make repairs, check downpipes, install new guttering and leaf guard right there and then, saving a client’s time and money.
Save time and reduce maintenance
For homeowners, keeping gutters clean and flowing freely is a job that needs to be done every 6 to 12 months. For those living in a leafy area, investing in a good quality gutter guard is a sensible option. There are many styles of gutter guard available on the market but important points to remember are:
- Sloping style:
Choose a sloping style of mesh that encloses gutters. This means leaves will not settle on homeowners’ roofs and in gutters but any debris will blow away. This prevents the creation of blockages or fire hazards where they’re not easily reached and any leaves can be easily swept up.
- Fire resistant
Clean gutters in bushfire prone areas is a must, as gutters filled with leaves and twigs make homes an ideal bushfire target in the event of an ember attack. As part of their ‘Prepare your home’ plan, The NSW Rural Fire Service recommends installing a metal gutter guard. Remember, choosing a guard that is bushfire rated that will not burn or melt, will help protect a home in the event of a bushfire.
- Fully covered gutters
A system that fully covers your client’s gutters will not only keep out leaves, twigs and bark but it will also keep out any pests that may like to call their gutters home.
- Clean rainwater
If your client is harvesting rainwater for use in or around their home, it makes sense to choose a gutter guard that allows for as much clean water to be captured as possible. This also helps prevent debris from entering the gutter and flowing into their storage tank.
- Covering roof valleys is important too
Remember, roof valleys are another place leaves, bark and debris love to accumulate. Helping a client choose a guard system suitable for both gutters and valleys will offer them better long term roof maintenance and home protection.
A gutter guard such as Leaf Stopper® has all these benefits and more. It comes with a 15-year warranty, is available in a range of colours and is suitable for both Colourbond® and tile roofs. Need to install a gutter guard system such as Leaf Stopper® on your next job?