It’s time to buy a gutter guard for your Kilmore home
The best way to protect your home from from the ever present bushfire threat is to clear away as many potential combustible fuel sources from around your home as you possibly can. Many people do a fantastic job of clearing up at ground level but forget about the roof.
It’s a tragic mistake, because the roof is one of the most likely means by which fire could take hold of your home. Dry leaves, twigs, and bird nest material can collect in unprotected guttering and can easily be set on fire by drifting embers that land on the roof. Once a decent blaze has started up in the gutter, it can be only a matter of time before any combustible materials in the roof itself begin to burn.
A gutter guard helps to prevent this kind of problem from happening because it makes it impossible for significant amounts of these combustible materials to accumulate in the guttering. A few scattered leaves or sticks don’t pose a significant threat. The real danger comes from masses of leaves that can quickly catch fire, create intense heat while burning, and usually will take at least several minutes to burn out.
Kilmore is right in the heart of bushfire country. It’s only a little over 10 years ago that the deadliest fire in our history devastated the region, killing at least 180 people and destroying over 3000 buildings, including more than 2000 houses. The economic impact was also devastating, with nearly 12,000 livestock animals killed, along with countless pets, and millions of tons of agricultural produce were destroyed. The total damage bill was estimated at $4.4 billion, which is actually a significant underestimate.
Nobody knows when the next horrific fire will flare up. It could be years away, or it could happen tomorrow. The only certainty is there will be more fires, and they are likely to continue getting worse in their intensity as climate change continues to develop.
If dry leaves and the fire risk they create were the only thing to worry about, this problem alone would make gutter guards a wise investment for the Kilmore home owner, but as we’re about to show, there are more reasons a gutter guard is necessary.
The other reasons to get a gutter guard installation in Kilmore
Dry leaves create a fire danger, but what about wet leaves? These can be a nasty problem too. Here is a short list of how clumps of wet leaves clogging your guttering can affect you:
- Leaf clumps tend to grow larger the longer they remain in place and stay wet. As they get larger, they also can become heavy (they absorb more than their own weight in water, as well). Eventually this weight can become great enough to cause structural damage to the guttering and the roof.
- The combination of moisture plus natural chemicals that leach out of the leaves can accelerate corrosion and damage paint.
- Microbial action inside the leaf mass can, in certain circumstances, cause spontaneous combustion of the mass as it dries out.
- Leaf masses can create foul odours as they rot, and mould spores released from the leaf mass can affect your health.
Reasons to choose Aussie Gutter Protection as your gutter guard installer in Kilmore
Aussie Gutter Protection is the best known name in guttering and gutter protection. Our expert installers are trained for every kind of installation, and have extensive experience installing guttering products.
We use only quality materials to ensure maximum durability, with products that are designed especially to stand up to the harsh climatic conditions typical in Victoria. Be certain you are getting the best installation and the best products by choosing Aussie Gutter Protection as your installer.