Everyday we see and talk to home owners who have been sold the wrong type of gutter guard by uninformed & inexperienced gutter guard salesmen or installers.
Installers who have never cleaned a gutter, ever. After 16 years of cleaning gutters, we would like you to know the truth about Gutter Guard – what we have seen works, and what doesn't.
First, we will tell you the about the misconceptions, then, when you are almost put off installing gutter guard, we will tell you what works and why it works...
“You don’t have to clean your gutters once you have installed Gutter Guard”
The fact is that leaf litter will still build up on your roof, on top of the gutter guard and down the valleys. Some may be washed away in a good down pour – but not all. Any build up of debris on the roof can lead to leaks and costly internal repairs to ceilings etc. In time, debris will break down into a fine heavy acidic silt that will reduce the life of the gutters, and the weight will deform the fall - water wont drain to the down pipes. That’s why we often find delightful gardens growing under the expensive gutter guard you have had installed.
“Just flush your gutters every 2-3 years to prevent silt build up under the mesh”
If there is only a very light build up, you could do this, or we could do this for you in a safe manner. In most cases though we prefer to blow out or hand clean the silt on a dry day (don’t worry, we will clean up perfectly afterwards!).
Why is this a better method than just flushing? Flushing heavy silt, moss or debris often blocks down pipes, and worse, could block the storm water pipes underground requiring the services of a plumber with an eel to unblock – very costly. With blowing or cleaning out by hand, none of those dangers exist.
“Plastic type gutter guards are a waste of money”
You are usually told that by a salesman who wants to sell you an expensive metal gutter guard. Most plastic and Nylon gutter guards are seriously a waste of money, but Polyethylene is a high-grade product which is UV and fade resistant, of food grade quality, and is water, salt and corrosion resistant.
The product we use has a 15 year warranty, and it works. We know, because we see this product still performing perfectly after 13 years with no signs of degradation, colour fade or stability.
“Polyethylene is not fire resistant and my council insists on fire resistant mesh”
Actually any method that prevents leaf debris from building up in your gutters is considered as reducing the fire risk. To comply with council fire regulations in your area though, we can install Aluminium Gutter Guard that is powder coated to colour match your gutters.
By now, you may have been put off installing gutter guard! The purpose of sharing all these tips is so that you can make an informed decision in your Gutter Guard choice and add to the value of your property.
With the right Gutter Guard installed on your roof you will find the following benefits:
Premium Gutter Guard is designed to help leaves and twigs to slide over its surface. But when rainwater flows down the roof and hits that same surface, it's forced into the gutters and then into your water tanks. There are no leaves in the gutters to soak up the water or to contaminate it with bits of debris and droppings. That makes the rainwater easier to harvest.
Hail storms can cause more damage if your gutters don't have gutter guard. Ice and debris usually block gutters and down pipes. This can cause water to back-flow under the eaves and inside the roof. We have seen the weight of ice and water cause gutters to collapse onto the ground. Any water harvested would be discoloured and polluted by debris. Plus, you'd need to work on a wet roof to clear blocked gutters after the storm. With Premium Gutter Guard in place, you can be confident that this won't happen to you.
Bush Fire Protection
The accumulation of trapped leaves and twigs in gutters is a high fire risk in our dry Aussie conditions. All that trapped debris is an invitation for flying embers. Don't let this happen to your precious home! Install Gutter Guard to let leaves and twigs slide over the gutters, keeping them clear and less of a fire risk. Our Gutter Guards are 100% non-flammable. They wont ignite or allow embers through
What is the best Gutter Guard for my Roof?
That depends on your roof and budget. For this reason we wont give you a ‘guesstimate’ on the phone. We will come out free of charge, get onto the roof, take all the variables such as pitch, substrate (is it tile or metal), valleys and design before helping you to make an informed decision about what will be the best for you. All our Gutter Guard can be colour matched to suit your home from a range of Colorbond® colours to match your roof and gutters. For example, look at our premium metal gutter guard:
How long does it last?
All our gutter guard products, powder coated aluminium or HDPE (Polyethylene) are guaranteed for 15 years. We can supply you a more economical Standard Gutter Guard that sits on the gutter if that is more suitable - this product is also guaranteed for 15 years.
Does Gutterclean clean the gutters & downpipes first?
Absolutely. We thoroughly clean the entire guttering system and roof and flush out the down pipes to ensure everything is working properly. If not, we will provide you with digital photos showing any necessary repairs.
Will the mesh keep everything out?
Our products will keep up to 95% of leaves and debris out of your gutters. Even the majority of Pine needles and Jacaranda will be kept out. The little that gets through may be washed away when it rains. The rest can be cleaned out, see below.
Do you have to maintain gutter guard?
Yes, though our products require very minimal maintenance. We would suggest at least an annual clean depending on how much debris build up you have on the roof and gutters. Our system allows us (or you) to blow out or hose through the guard.
How long will it take to install?
An average house, weather permitting, will take around 1 day.
Will the Polyethylene deteriorate in the sun?
Yes it will in time – but only long after the 15 year warranty is up. HDPE Polyethylene Gutter Guard is specially designed to include UV stabilisers and UV absorbers that ensures that the mesh will last up to 15 years without breakdown in the Australian sun - which is as long as the life-expectancy of most Colorbond metal gutter guard.
Are your products Environmentally friendly?
Yes all our products are 100% recyclable.
Will your Gutter Guard work on all roof profiles?
Our Gutter Guard products will work on most roof substrates such as all tile, metal, corrugated, Trimdek, Bullnose and Klip-lok roofs. We use specially designed Colorbond® colour matched saddles to ensure a snug, smooth fit that gives total protection to your gutters and roof.
Can you cover all types of gutter?
Our products can protect most types of gutters and roof valleys. We also custom make various gutter guards to cover box gutters, rain heads and even over large areas such as drainage systems on large flat roofs.
What is Colorbond®?
The majority of metal roofs and gutters are manufactured from Colorbond®, a combination of aluminium and zinc known as Zincalum with a special coating designed for the harsh Australian conditions.
For further information visit http://colorbond.com.au
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone, from managers to on the roof workers are committed to providing and maintaining a safe place of work, safe systems, the best safety equipment and safety procedures as is reasonably practical, and in accordance with relevant legislation.
We hope that you too will consider our safety when we work on your roof. We, and many of our clients rightly insist that we use our safety equipment such as harnesses and ropes. Yet many home and business owners have not provided any way for us to connect our safety equipment, such as providing anchor points.
Work Cover legislation requires that you provide a safe environment for us to work in – please see below under “Work Cover - Safe Working at Heights”
Please ask our team to quote on providing at least a minimum safety system.
We are fully insured and certified. Please see our Insurance and Compliance Certificates by clicking here.
The Gutterclean team always endeavor to:
Work Cover - Safe Working at Heights:
Work at heights Part 4.3, division 6, clauses 56 - 61 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 (Regulation) is about working at heights.
The employer must ensure that all risks associated with falls from a height are controlled. To control risks, the employer must provide and maintain the following measures:
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Gutter guards / leaf screener
Minor roof & gutter repairs
Tree branches trimmed
Free roof condition report
Free reminder service
Gutter & Downpipe Replacement
Anchor Points & Ladder brackets
Safe roof access systems
Easy Flow type gutters may cause rain to sheet over gutters and cause damage
Gutter Guard prevents Indian Myna birds from nesting in your gutters
Gutter Guard helps prevent Possums and other pests (including snakes) from making a home in your gutters
A more affordable option:
Standard or Super Gutter Guard
Above - on a Corrugated roof, and below on a typical Sydney Terracotta roof