12 Jun DIY Gutter Guard – Pros and Cons
Gutter guards play a key role in protecting your home from clogged gutters that can result in deterioration and unwanted mess.
The team at Aussie Gutter Protection can supply and install a professional gutter guard solution, however you may be considering installing gutter guard yourself. There is a range of DIY options available, each comes with their own pros and cons. Take a look at our summary below and of course, contact us for more information or advice on a solution for your home.
DIY Gutter Guard Protection
You’re likely to find 4 types of gutter guard at your local Bunnings or hardware store. They come in a range of lengths, colours and styles to suit your roof:
Plastic Gutter Guard:
Plastic gutter guard is your cheapest option and is easy to install. It works well, however it lacks durability and effectiveness over long periods of time. Australia’s harsh weather conditions can cause the plastic mesh to warp, deteriorate and buckle in the sun. In addition, seeds can easily pass through the mesh into gutters, germinating and then growing back through the mesh.
This type of mesh is better suited to fire-prone areas, has a higher level of durability and lasts longer than plastic. However, the metal is also prone to warp, deteriorate and buckle in the sun. Seed germination is also regular.
Powder Coated Metal:
The powder-coated option comes in 2 styles, square and ridged.
The square option is designed for roof tiles whilst the ridge option is designed for corrugated roofing. This material has greater durability however it is more difficult to install.
The hedgehog or bottle brush filter is the easiest of the 4 to install. After cutting it to size, you simply slide the gutter guard into the gutter. The overall protection of this system is questionable. Leaves are prone to get stuck in bottlebrush guard (as opposed to on it), which leads to deterioration and compost that forms in the bottom of the gutter.
What is the best Gutter Guard for Your Roof?
Each of the 4 DIY gutter guard options listed above has their pros and cons however for durability and effectiveness, the powder-coated option stands out. It is, however, the most difficult to install. If you are prepared to install the gutter guard yourself, make sure you check the quality of the product you are purchasing. Not all powder coated gutter guards are created equal. At Aussie Gutter Protection, we only use high-quality Tapex gutter guards that are proudly made in Australia. They come with a 10-15 year warranty and are renowned for quality, durability and effectiveness.
If you have any questions or would like assistance with your gutter protection needs take our Gutter Guard finder quiz which will help you decide what will best suit your situation.