18 Nov Are Gutter Guards Worth the Cost?
Gutters are a necessary and valuable feature of your home, especially when they are working effectively and are well maintained. When they’re looked after, gutters keep your home dry and safe, eliminating the
build-up of debris such as sticks, leaves, moss, mould and animal droppings from your gutters that can damage your home.
However, when gutters are worn out or if they have experienced some damage, they can become ineffective at protecting your home. Old, tired gutters can wear and sag over time, affecting their functionality and resulting in expensive repairs. To ensure the longevity of your gutters, you should consider gutter guard protection.
What are gutter guards?
Gutter guards are an aluminium or stainless steel mesh insert that when installing inside exposed gutters on residential or commercial buildings, protects the gutters from damage by a build-up of leaves, sticks and other debris which can clog the gutters and prevent water flow.
When this debris build-up is not promptly cleared out, the clogged debris and pooling water can cause expensive and irreversible damage to the roofing and guttering system, as well as the exterior walls of the house or building.
You can prevent the need to constantly clear out the gutters by installing gutter guard mesh, and avoid debris building up and instead allowing water to flow freely through your gutters and drains.
Gutter guards are made of durable materials that stand the test of time. The type and quality of gutter guards vary significantly so it is important to know which type of gutter guard is the most suitable for your roof.
Aussie Gutter Protection use high quality Tapex gutter products, available in aluminium, polyethylene and stainless steel and uphold warranties ranging from 10 to 15 years.
What are the pros and cons of installing gutter protection?
No more climbing up ladders:
Gutter guards remove the need to scale up the ladder every weekend to clear out sticks and leaves that have collected in your gutters. This also eliminates the risk of injury from falling off the ladder.
Gutter guards prevent the build-up of debris in your gutters, which are the perfect fuel to start a fire, particularly in dry rural areas. Embers can travel very far, and if they land in your gutters, they can start a fire that will spread rapidly.
Installing gutter guards will keep your rainwater collection tank full of fresh clean water and void of any nasty contaminants.
Gutter guards can also prevent birds nesting in your gutters, and many gutter protection specialists offer bird proofing for your roof cavities to keep your home pest free.
The cost can be a barrier:
The cost of installation will depend on the size of your home, and the materials used. The cost can vary from cheap DYI kits to a complete professional installation with high quality materials. Cheaper alternatives may appear attractive however their performance and durability is questionable. The initial cost of installing professional gutter protection is something that homeowners need to consider. Just remember, it’s likely that the gutter guard mesh will pay for itself over its lifetime. Most quality gutter guards have a guarantee of 10-15+ years.
Aussie Gutter Protection are the gutter guard and bird proofing experts in Melbourne, using the highest quality materials to provide the best service possible to our customers. Get in touch with our team to find out more..