All gutter guards have the same purpose — to prevent leaves and other debris from clogging your gutters and at the same time allowing rainwater to flow freely into the waste system or water storage tanks. If they’re not fitted, decomposing leaves, twigs and other items blown in by the wind can cause blockages that result in rainwater overflowing and damaging your property. This accumulated debris can also attract insects and harmful bacteria while birds and other creatures can build nests in unprotected gutters.
To overcome these problems, frequent cleaning of the gutters is necessary. However, this can be a messy and dangerous business if you try to do it yourself or can be expensive if you have it done professionally.
Whilst gutter guards prevent much of the debris entering your gutters and reduce the needs for cleaning, they’re not all as effective and all have varying costs and different characteristics. The ones you choose may also depend on the location of your property and the local conditions you have to contend with.
The Different Types of Gutter Guards and why Mesh Guards are often the Best ChoiceGutter guards fall into three basic categories, which are:
Different Mesh Types and When to Use them
Low quality plastic mesh is very cheap but can be flimsy and may easily break if hit by branches or become brittle if subjected to strong sunlight. Either way, it’s unlikely to last long and will need frequent replacement, which will make it much more expensive in the long term. Stronger poly mesh’s are available which can be great in coastal areas where they would be exposed to salt corrosion.
Better options are available and include aluminium, polyethylene and stainless steel that are available in different hole sizes and thicknesses. The one you choose will depend on the location of your premises and the conditions you experience, which include:
All these factors and others can influence your choice because you want a type of mesh that will provide effective protection against particular threats and will continue to do so for as long as possible. Polyethylene mesh, for example, can withstand high levels of UV rays without significant deterioration and will last a long time, often more than ten years, but has little fire resistance.
Aluminium mesh is also long-lasting, often with a fifteen year warranty, and is very flexible and non-inflammable. Stainless steel is similarly very durable and non-combustible as well as being resistant to corrosion but is a brittle material that may struggle to shape itself to a roof. Most of these materials come in different weights, the heavier versions being strong enough to repel possums and other pests. Some of them are also particularly resistant to ember attack during bush fires.
Apart from the material used for gutter guards, the size of the mesh is also a crucial factor. All will let water flow through and a larger mesh size will be sufficient to block twigs, leaves and other large debris. Smaller debris will get through but will often be flushed through the downpipes without causing a blockage.
If your property is in an area where pine needles and seeds are blown into the gutter, these can penetrate mesh with relatively large openings. They can eventually cause blockages and the seeds may even sprout in the gutter and cause a real problem. In these situations, a very small mesh size is necessary since this will prevent nearly all debris getting through.
Help in Choosing the Most Suitable Gutter Guard
If you’re a little confused by all the various options and are not sure which guard is best for your property, we’re here to help. Our website provides useful information about all the gutter guards we supply while our technical support people have sufficient knowledge and experience to provide all the advice you need.
We really want to be sure that you fit the most appropriate product that will do exactly the job you require. So, from advising you what to buy through making the guards that will exactly fit your gutters and finally to installing them correctly, we’ll deliver the highest quality possible throughput the whole process. That way, we’ll have yet another happy customer and you’ll have clean gutters and avoid the effort or expense of frequently having to clear them out.