Seasonal changes require more of your gutter protection system. Summer often brings storms and heavy rainfall that can cause water damage if not drained properly. During autumn leaves and other debris falls heavily and can block gutters. Possums breeds during spring and autumn and often use gutters and roof cavities as breeding grounds if left unprotected.
Storm and water damage
Gutters should collect all the rain and storm water that comes off your roof and transport it away from your home. If the gutters are not working properly there’s a risk of serious water or flood damage.
During summer storms the rainfall can be very heavy and cause a lot of damage to a house. Ensuring the gutters are free of debris to handle this type of weather is important. After all, you don’t want to be outside cleaning gutters and dealing with overflowing water in the middle of a storm.
Leaves and debris in gutters and downpipes
Deciduous trees shed their leaves during autumn, many of which get stuck on roofs and in gutters. In fact, Australia has many native trees that are infamous for creating clogged gutters, such as the jacaranda, wattles and leopard trees. Clogged gutters eventually lead to poor drainage and consequently damages to gutters and house.
Clean gutters are far less susceptible to damage than blocked gutters. In fact, the two most common gutter related issues facing homeowners are blockages in the gutter itself, and blockages in the downpipes.
In addition, clean gutters do not create a breeding ground for pests like mosquitos, termites and bird mites as well as larger animals like mice, birds and possums.
Installing gutter guards
An effective gutter guard system will prevent your gutters from getting blocked leaving your gutters free of debris so they can drain water away from your home. They will also provide a physical barrier that prevents pests from entering the gutters.
Leaf Stopper provides a logical approach to practical protection of gutters and valleys. It works by attaching one end of the mesh to the front lip of the gutter, while the other end passes over the first row of tiles and under the second row. This creates a slope which allows leaves to blow off. In the case of metal roofs, purpose manufactured clips hold the mesh down at the roof end and valleys.
Contact Leaf Stopper
If you have any other questions or require more information regarding gutter guards, get in touch with Leaf Stopper.
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