30 Nov How much do Gutter Guards Cost?
So you have decided to protect your home from the damage that can occur from a clogged gutter by installing a gutter guard system around the property. It is a wise choice. Not only does a gutter guard protect against the potential water damage that can occur from a backed-up gutter but will also save you those dreaded hours of cleaning out debris on a weekend afternoon.
In our last blog, we showed you the various options you have available when it comes to choosing the perfect gutter guard for your home, so now we thought we would take a look at the various costs involved in installing these. Many people opt for the cheapest option when it comes to gutter guards however whilst it might save some dollars in the short term, in the long term it can actually cost you more.
A Brush Gutter Guard kit looks like a long pipe cleaner and is the cheapest option available on the market in Australia today, typically working out at around $8 per metre. With an average house needing around 56 metres to sufficiently ensure every gutter is protected, this will cost you around $450 to fully secure your house.
However, whilst being the cheapest option they do need to be replaced the most often as the bristles can become worn out or warped. Whilst they are able to prevent large leaves from entering the gutter, small bits of debris can get caught in the brushes which can create a significant fire risk. So if you are looking for a long term gutter guard solution, brush guards are probably not the best solution.
A slightly more permanent solution would be to install Mesh Panel Gutter Guards onto your gutters. Connecting directly to the gutter itself, they are able to protect from debris entering the system and typically retail at around the $10 per metre mark (so $730 for a typical 56-metre requirement).
There are many different variants of mesh panels on the market however, all of varying quality, which makes choosing the right one suitable for your needs a little difficult. Opting for a mesh that has holes which are too large will allow small debris to enter whilst a mesh with holes that are too small can quickly become blocked.
Using different qualities of metal makes the life expectancy of mesh guards quite different from one another but typically they are not the most durable solution and will need replacing after a couple of years.
Equally as good at preventing debris from entering the gutter system are Foam Inserts. Working in a similar way to the Brush Gutter Guards, Foam Inserts simply slot directly into the gutter and retail around $13 a metre. This makes it a mid-level solution, coming in around $330 to protect an average sized home.
Whilst they do offer good protection against debris, they are also a magnet for mould and plant growth which does result in them needing to be replaced eventually. Foam guards also create a flat surface on the top of the gutter, which can lead to a build-up of debris that can not only cause a blockage but also become a fire risk.
Regular maintenance can certainly help to prevent this and extend the life span of Foam Inserts, making them a worthy solution in protecting your property for a number of years.
Vinyl Guards are becoming an increasingly popular option for homeowners in Australia, thanks to their ability to protect your home for a long time. Fitting directly to the gutter in the same way that a mesh guard does, the plastic material makes it sturdy and capable of lasting for many years. Typically, a Vinyl Guard retails around $14 per metre so it is one of the more expensive options on the market, costing around $785 to protect an average family home.
Thanks to the plastic they are made from, Vinyl Guards are a fantastic long term solution to protecting your home; however, the flat nature of the surface they create means they do still need regular maintenance as debris can build up. Vinyl Guards also tend to have larger holes than their metal counterparts so larger debris is still able to enter your gutter.
Retailing at a similar price ($15 per metre) and acting as an equally long term solution, Integrated Mesh Gutter Guards are one of the most prevalent gutter protection solutions across Australia. Fitting directly into the gutter, they are able to prevent debris from entering the system and can last a very long time.
Integrated guards also help to strengthen the gutter itself and are highly durable. However, they can take longer to install.
Installation is definitely not a one size fits all solution. Although many homeowners opt to fit their own gutter guards, for an optimal solution and to ensure maximum protection it is advised to get an expert to install them for you. Similarly, an expert will know the exact solution suited to your needs and budget.
There are many factors to examine when looking to install a gutter guard to your property, for example, the type of roof your property has, the size of it and also the ease of access to it. It is also best to have a thorough clean of the gutter system before installing your new gutter guard. Without a professional coming to look at the property, many homeowners are given an estimate price; leading to problems further down the line with incorrect materials, or not enough guards, being installed.
With so many factors, it’s not possible to provide an exact figure and complete solution without first examining the property. For your free evaluation, get in touch today and we can calculate the cost and most suitable solution for your home.
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