How do I keep my gutters clean?

How do I keep my gutters clean?

Gutters are designed to direct and filter water away from your home. Due to the build-up of leaves and debris they can become blocked creating issues for the gutters, downpipes and potentially the roof or interior of your home resulting in leaks, etc. When leaves and debris accumulate it can trap water causing issues such as rusting, sagging, and leaking. We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice yearly, depending on the surrounding environment.

 If you are looking for gutter guard repair or installation, call one of our friendly specialists from King Group today!

4 Tips to help gutters clean:

1. Thorough Cleaning

For your gutters to function at optimum it is recommended to keep them clean up to twice a year minimum. The only effective procedure in keeping them clean is regular maintenance. Firstly, remove any built-up debris and leaves with a hand trowel or scoop. Similarly, an electric or petrol-powered leaf blower should suffice. 

Remove all twigs and branches along with any soot or dirt that has accumulated over time.  Anything left on the roof will wash into the clean gutter the next time it rains if you don’t sweep it up.

2. Tree Maintenance 

Due to Australia’s climate, most of our native trees can become problematic when trying to keep your gutters clean and unblocked.
Most of what is normally found in the gutters around your home or property is composed of the leaves, needles and twigs or branches that are a result of overhanging trees. If left unattended, this becomes a fertile breeding ground for plant matter to flourish, in turn making your gutters a hanging ‘planter box for plants to grow, proving to be difficult to maintain and clear. To avoid this, it is helpful to trim trees back away from the roof and gutter system so that whatever falls from them lands on the ground rather than on your home’s roofing and water drainage systems.

3. Gutter Protection

With over 25 years of industry experience, King Group Australia’s sister company Ultraguard are the leading name and inventors of the expanded aluminium gutter protection system.

We would strongly recommend investing in some gutter protection for your home or property. Gutter guards act as a line of defence or barrier between the external elements and environment whilst keeping your gutters clean and still able to function and channel water.
The apertures are specially designed to allow water filtration whilst keeping leaves, debris and birds/pests out.
The gutter guard is extended from the gutter line over the gutter and onto the roof profile, whether it be metal or tile.
This creates a ‘ski-slope’ effect, with the assistance of gravity anything that lands on the roof or gutters is able to be blown off, and anything smaller than the 3.5mm aperture or hole size is able to filter down the gutter and downpipes like normal. This will assist in keeping your gutters clean and avoid the task of regular gutter cleaning.

4. Contact Us

Perhaps the best way to keep your gutters clean and reduce the amount of time and effort you put into gutter cleaning is by calling a Gutter Protection/ Gutter and Fascia company such as King Group Australia. As a trusted company King Group Australia, we can assist in helping you choose the right guttering for your home with the addition of our gutter protection system, allowing your gutters to function at optimum and prove to be significantly easier for maintenance. Give one of our specialists at King Group Australia a call today!

What Is The Purpose Of Gutters?

What Is The Purpose Of Gutters?

Gutters are the seemingly simple fixture that runs along the outside edge of your roof. Gutters surprisingly take on major responsibility when protecting your home.

King Group Australia are often questioned as to whether gutters are a vital component of their clients’ homes’ exteriors, or a purely decorative element. While it’s true that professionally installed gutters create an aesthetically clean edge around your roofline, their main purpose is far from just adornment. Gutters are guides, guiding rain and storm water off the roof and away from the foundation of the house—is essential to the home’s structural well-being.

No matter how gently rain falls onto your roof, the water builds up as it runs off and creates a powerful surge that, if not diverted, can hammer the ground next to your foundations. Consistent downpour or collecting water erodes the soil and can seep down along the foundation, increasing the risk of leaks and structural instability.

Gutters manage the rain and debris that contribute to a property’s’ deterioration. However, surprisingly, gutters do more than simply protect your house. They also preserve your backyard and your neighbourhood. Without fully functioning gutters and downpipes to control runoff in a safe manner, rainwater could create pathways through your yard as well as your neighbour’s, creating ditches, pooling in low-lying areas, and even killing lawns, flowers, and other vegetation.

Issues with leaks? Water damage or blocked gutters? – get in touch with one of our specialists today at King Group Australia!

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Gutters Are Blocked?

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Gutters Are Blocked?

The five most likely reasons why your gutters are blocked:

  1. The wrong gutter profile, you may need to replace your guttering.
  2. Issues with seams in your guttering, leaves and other debris may be getting caught in the seams.
  3. Sagging, if your gutters are sagging, water may be collecting in that area.
  4. Poor installation
  5. You might not be cleaning your gutters as often as you should.

Guttering profiles are designed for both practical and aesthetic reasons. If you choose your gutters for aesthetic reasons only, you may have chosen the wrong profile for your environment and location. Consider giving one of our specialists at King Group Australia a call today!

Top 5 Reasons To Keep Your Gutters Clean?

Top 5 Reasons To Keep Your Gutters Clean?

Cleaning gutters to remove leaves, sticks, and debris should be a top priority on your to-do list as a homeowner. Keeping leaves out of gutters is crucial for protecting the structure of your home and preventing often costly inconveniences in the future. There are several reasons why cleaning your gutters is important, and we’ve outlined five of them below.

  1. Prevent water damage. When gutters and downpipes are blocked with leaves and debris, rainwater may not drain properly. As water overflows from gutters, it can cause water damage on both the interior and exterior of your home. 
  2. Protect your roof. Clogged gutters give rainwater nowhere to run. When water continues to accumulate and flood, it can leave rotten fascia or leaks in the roof or walls.
  3. Keep pests from causing trouble. Gutters clogged with leaves can make desirable homes for rodents, birds, and insects. 
  4. Reduce the risk of a cracked foundation. When water is blocked from travelling away from your home, it can pool around the foundation of your house. 
  5. Save you money. Gutter and downpipe cleaning can help prevent unexpected and expensive projects down the road. Taking preventive measures now can help minimize the likelihood of having to repair or replace your roof.

    If you are having issues with your gutters – give one of our specialists at King Group Australia a call today! 

How And When To Clean Gutters?

How And When To Clean Gutters?

King Group Australia generally recommend cleaning your gutters twice a year, minimum – once in early summer, and once immediately after autumn finishes.

Depending on your circumstances, environment, roof and gutter pitch as well as the harsh Australian climate, contribute to the consistency or factor in when considering cleaning gutters. Some factors include:

Environment

Leaves and twigs are the most common sources of gutter blockages – naturally, if your home is surrounded by trees that shed their leaves in autumn, you’ll have to deal with more leaves falling.

And that means having to clean out your gutters more frequently.

By contrast, say your house has no tree coverage, and that your area doesn’t have strong winds.

Gutter Type

Not all gutters are made equal – some are wide and deep, able to take huge amounts of debris before they clog. For example, a Half Round gutter will not be able to contest with a Box Gutter. In other cases, gutters can be narrow and shallow, easily clogging after a short time.

Still unsure? – give one of our specialists at King Group Australia a call for an estimate!