Are gutter guards worth the money?
Gutter guards can do a very good job of keeping gutters flowing freely. If you have big trees in your yard, gutter guards really will save you time and nasty work by helping to prevent your gutters from getting clogged
What are Gutter Guards?
Gutter guards are essentially a gutter protection system. They generally come in rolls of mesh that are designed to fit your gutters and stop leaves and debris from building up inside your gutters, along with keeping out pests such as rodents, birds amongst other things. The mesh used is made from a number of different materials, with the most common being aluminum, steel, or polyethylene. The holes or apertures in the mesh come in different sizes, but the finer the mesh, the more debris the mesh will be able to block. The mesh either fits within the gutter itself or fits completely over the gutters so that the debris just falls right off. They are also available in different colors so that you can coordinate them with your roof, making them all but invisible from the ground. Other types of gutter guards are inserted into the gutter, which may not be as effective as the mesh which covers the top of the gutter from the roofline.
Are Gutter Guards Important?
Gutter guards are important for a number of reasons. The primary reason, and the reason that most people install them, is because they eliminate the build-up of leaves and debris in the gutters. This means that you don’t have to get up on your roof multiple times a year in order to clean out your blocked gutters or call someone out to do it for you. Gutter guards also extend the life of your guttering and downpipes, as water does not stagnate inside debris and cause rusting. As well, you’ll find that gutter guards help to protect your home in the event of bushfires occurring as they get rid of the debris that can catch alight when embers swirl through the air. Gutter guards also help to “seal” your roof in that it stops birds, possums, rodents and other animals from being able to get inside your roof space and nesting. They also eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds. Gutter guards act as a type of filter and thus any rainwater that your store will be cleaner. You’ll also be able to catch more water from your roof!
Climbing up to the roof to clean your gutters is a messy and time-consuming chore, not to mention a potentially dangerous one. Unprotected gutters are prone to clogging with leaves and debris, particularly after a storm or heavy rain, and require prompt attention to prevent damage to your home.
Ignoring clogged gutters can lead to serious consequences, including:
- Damage to your roof from water that can’t flow through clogged gutters entering your roof cavity
- Leaking water on to the paths and walkways around your home
- Premature degrading of the protective finish of the guttering
- A serious fire risk as leaf clogged gutters are highly combustible
- Foul water tank supply
- Stagnant water in your gutters is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and pests
Gutter Guards Can Help!
One way to reduce the risk of clogged gutters and protect them from deterioration is to install gutter guards. These simple additions will help your gutters perform better by preventing leaves and debris from clogging them after rain and storms and allowing the water to run freely off your roof.
Gutter guards also:
- Significantly reduce the gutter maintenance required – generally one service every three to five years is enough
- Reduce wear and tear on your gutters
- Prevent moisture from entering your roof cavity and causing mold to grow on walls and ceilings
- Make it possible for you to collect cleaner rainwater
Gutter Guard Materials
The following materials are typically used in the manufacture of gutter guards, with a variety of durability and performance characteristics, including:
- Aluminum mesh – flame resistant and specially coated for high temperatures
- Epoxy coated aluminum mesh – with a slightly lower fire rating
- Fiberglass – not fire-rated, but a cost-effective option for other areas
- Stainless Steel mesh – flame-resistant and durable
Why Install Gutter Guards?
The primary reason for installing gutter guards is to avoid blockages in your downpipes, which can lead to your roof flooding – a factor that is not always apparent and that can lead to your guttering rusting if the blockage is not repaired. The most common factor that causes blockages is falling leaves, which is dependant on what type of tree species you have on your property. Some trees drop their leaves more profusely and is typically a seasonal problem.
Gutter Guard Benefits
Aquaguard supply a range of high-quality gutter guard products with varying materials and specifications, some with a guarantee of up to 20yrs. They have a number of benefits for homeowners that include:
- Easy to install
- No drilling of holes required for installation
- Flame resistant
- Range of colors available for matching to roofing
- Lower maintenance requirements once installed
Gutter Guard Comparision Chart
|Gutter Guard King||Leaf Relief||Gutter Glove||Leaf Guard||Leaf Filter||Foam|
|Keeps All Small Debris Out?||Yes!||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Easy Install on Any Roof?||Yes!||Yes||No||No||No||Yes|
|Requires Roof Modifications or Gutter Adjustments?||No!||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Drips & Overflows?||None!||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Multiple Colors Available?||We use Colobond and can match all colours||Yes||No||No||No||No|