10 Feb Pros and Cons of Brush Gutter Guards
When it comes to choosing the right gutter guard for your property, there are a lot of options out there to choose from. In previous blogs we have looked at the various options, but today we thought we would take a closer look into the popular Brush Gutter Guard style of protection.
As one of the cheapest options on the market the guard usually comes in at around $8 per metre, helping to make it one of the most popular choices on the market for homeowners when it comes to fitting out the gutters in their property.
What is a Brush Gutter Guard?
A brush gutter guard, sometimes known as a hedgehog gutter guard or bottle brush gutter guard, works by simply sitting directly inside your gutter and features clumps of bristles that are all facing outwards. These bristles then prevent debris such as leaves and twigs from entering your gutter whilst still allowing water to flow freely through the pipes.
What are the pros?
One of the biggest pros of brush gutter guards is their affordability. They are amongst the cheapest type of gutter guard on the market, but despite their low cost they are still good at doing their job; which is why many homeowners choose to use a brush gutter guard.
The outward facing bristles provide very strong protection against some of the most common causes of clogged gutters and drains, including dead leaves, moss and twigs. By blocking the gutter, these larger bits of debris are simply swept away from the guttering and back down towards the ground.
Made from a wire core which is then interwoven with UV-resistant plastic bristles, the brush gutter guards are available in pretty much any length imaginable and can be fitted to almost any guttering system. Whilst the bristles keep debris away from entering the system, they do still allow rain water to enter so your gutters will not become full.
Another big benefit of the brush gutter guard system is just how simple they are to install. Capable of being installed at home as part of your DIY plans, the guards simply slot into your guttering and you will just need to attach them in place using some cable ties or clips.
As brush gutter guards are not locked into place, they are relatively easy to remove and clean as required.
What are some of the cons?
Whist they are a very cheap and viable solution for many homes, there are some cons to using brush gutter guards. One of the biggest is that they have a tendency to get clogged quite easily, with smaller leaves and debris finding their way through the bristles and into your gutter. This means that you will still need to climb a ladder to remove the build-up and you may have to do this quite frequently during bush fire season. Alongside that, many homeowners find they might need to replace them after a few years.
The plastic bristles are also somewhat of a fire risk, so if you are living in an area that is prone to bushfires then this is something that you should keep in mind as there are more suitable products for you on the market.
Although it is not a problem to some people, brush gutter guards are sometimes visible from the ground depending on gutter type, so if you are eager to keep your home looking just how you want it then you might want to look at alternatives.
So are brush gutter guards suitable for your home?
The effectiveness of brush gutter guards depends heavily on your installation location and intended purpose , particularly when you take into account the low cost of installing them to your property. Suitable for use in most homes, they are simple to install and most people are able to fit them to the gutter themselves – although if you are not confident enough or not able to, then contact a professional to do this for you.
Whilst they are effective however, depending on the size and location of your property you might find that there are more suitable guards out there for you on the market. If you are surrounded by trees that release very small debris then you will need a finer gutter guard whilst if you are living in a bushfire prone area then you should look at opting for an ember guard to help stop any burning embers from entering your gutters and igniting your property.
Equally, brush gutter guards will require regular cleaning so if this is not something that you are able to do physically then you might find that in the long run it is better to pay the extra now for a more effective guard.
Not sure what guard is right for your home? Get in touch with our expert team today and we will be happy to discuss the options you have available to you.