Your guide to gutter and fascia

Your guide to gutter and fascia

Considering the myriad of options when it comes to guttering such as materials, profiles, styles, colour, and cost it can be said not all gutters are alike. Below are some factors for consideration when choosing the right gutter and fascia for your property.

Assess Your Gutters

New Builds require brand new guttering to allow for unencumbered function. That is a seamless flow of water and filtration.
It is also likely that existing gutters may have deteriorated over time, perhaps the gutters are blocked, broken, and not performing efficiently. It could be that the gutters were never properly installed, your gutters retain too much water or rust has corroded them. 
Whichever the case, we suggest calling one of our specialists at King Group Australia to assess your gutters and pinpoint the problem.

Choose Your Gutters

When choosing new gutters, our team at King Group Australia can assist in helping you make an informed decision, below are the most common gutter types:

  • Aluminium: rust-resistant and easy to install, though may not be as durable compared to others.
  • Steel: Strong and durable, stainless steel never loses its sheen. Steel is also quite expensive for supply and install. 
  • Vinyl: it’s cheap, it’s easy to set up, and in most cases will do the job, however, due to the harsh Australian climate, it will be most affected by UV degradation.
  • Copper: it’s reputed to be the strongest and most hard-wearing guttering material. The downside is their price, being the most expensive type of material for guttering. 

Beyond the materials, you’ll need to choose a guttering style. Some popular options include box, fascia, square, round and quad. 

Install or Replace Your Gutters

To appropriately install new guttering, it is paramount that problems such as rust, leaks, sagging, corrosion, and dents are identified.
Guttering is based on the level of deterioration whether it be as simple as replacing a minor section or having to replace the entire guttering around your property. Costs are often calculated based on the above and the labour and time required to install. Call King Group Australia for a free measure and quote!

How much does gutter guard cost?

How much does gutter guard cost?

Gutter guards and covers costs vary.  Let’s consider that the average home has about 200 feet of gutter, homeowners should expect to pay about $1,500 and $2,000 for professional gutter guard installation, though more complex gutter guard systems will be more expensive. The best is you can call us now for a free quote at 1300 11 54 64.

Is the cost of gutter guards worth it?

This may seem like a big investment initially, but it can save you money by removing the necessity for professional cleaning. If you are used to cleaning your own gutters, it can eliminate the time you spend scooping leaves, seeds, animal feces, and other goop from your gutters.

Although having gutter guards and hoods dramatically reduces the number of times you will have to clean out your gutters, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t ever have to clean your gutters. Experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least once every two years, even with gutter guards and hoods installed. Still, that’s far better than the two or more times a year, many homeowners spend cleaning uncovered gutters.

Cost of gutter guards and covers

Your gutters get filled with leaves in the fall, but the spring brings other debris such as seed pods, flower petals, buds, and small leaves, which requires cleaning your gutters at least twice a year regularly.

There are many different types of gutter guards that can be divided into the categories of screens, inserts, and reverse curves. The type you need will depend on your home’s location, as certain types of gutter guards are better in different circumstances.

What you should expect to pay for gutter guard installation will depend on the length of your gutters and the type of guards you need to purchase. Gutter guards and covers cost between $7.50 and $10 per lineal foot installed. Considering that the average home has about 200 feet of gutter, homeowners should expect to pay about $1,500 and $2,000 for professional gutter guard installation, though more complex gutter guard systems will be more expensive.

Is it worth spending money to install gutter guards if you still have to clean them sometimes?

If you are sick of climbing a ladder to scoop leaves out of your gutters, there may be an answer for you. Gutter guards and covers are essentially designed to act as a filter over your gutters in an attempt to block debris from entering your gutter without inhibiting the gutter’s ability to draw water away from the roof.

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What is the best gutter type for your home

What is the best gutter type for your home

When determining what type of guttering is best for your home or property, you will find that guttering is available in a variety of materials, sizes, and profiles/styles. It is important not to succumb to temptation based on price. The aesthetic of your guttering is important however, their function or practicality is imperative, as with every property type and environment there are options more suited to some homes or properties than others.

Types of Guttering Materials

Guttering is designed and available for both professional and DIY installation.
The difference between the designs Is the DIY option is available for ‘everyday’ installation whereas the professional options are for experienced tradespersons. DIY guttering comes in lengths and will have a fastening system designed for easy installation. Professional guttering is where professional installers may come to your home and shape your guttering on-site using special equipment or will measure first and pre-fabricate your guttering.

Material Options:

  • Vinyl guttering is the least expensive and is usually designed for DIY installation
  • Aluminium guttering can be designed for DIY or professional installation. It comes in a variety of powder-coated colours
  • Galvanised steel guttering must be welded together, so is not suitable for most DIYers.
  • Stainless steel guttering is expensive but can be very hard-wearing. It must be installed by professionals
  • Copper guttering is another expensive option, but if the price is no object, can be a stylish addition to your home

Due to the harsh Australian climate, it is important to consider which type of material and system is both practical for your environment and practical for your property. Vinyl guttering may not rust as per other styles, but it does deteriorate over time and become brittle. Aluminium guttering is popular because it does not corrode and comes in a wide range of colours. Some professionals still prefer galvanised steel in some locations because it stands up to harsh weather conditions better than aluminium. Copper and Stainless steel are not as common due to their expense. 

Choosing a Guttering Profile

The 3 most common gutter styles:

  1. Quad guttering has a flat bottom and sides. It sometimes comes with overflow spouts.
  2. Half-round is curved and looks like the letter “C” in profile view.
  3. Smooth line guttering is a variation on half-round guttering. It has one flat side that is for mounting against the fascia, giving it a “smooth” look.

Typically guttering comes in different sizes and variations. A “K” profile is like quad guttering but has a shaped front. Some vinyl guttering consists of five flat sides. Custom designed guttering is also available.

The practicality or functionality of guttering is paramount in relation to your property and environment:

  • Quad guttering is often recommended for high rainfall areas.
  • Half-round guttering has a completely curved surface. This can prevent the build-up of leaves and debris.

Your property’s location and environment will determine what guttering profile and material is most suitable. If you live in a high rainfall area, it is recommended to choose a larger size of guttering, for example, Quad style. If you live in an area surrounded by trees, half-round guttering may be more practical. 

Guttering Mounting Systems

Mounting systems are commonly either internal or external, either within the guttering itself or brackets and other mounting types visible externally. The crossbar mounting system is the strongest as it wraps around the entire guttering system. Hidden mounting systems are more popular because they have a smoother appearance. Still unsure of which system is right for you? – call one of our friendly specialists at King Group Australia today!

What do bushfire BAL ratings mean for gutter guard

What do bushfire BAL ratings mean for gutter guard

Bushfire and BAL ratings for gutter guards are the standards for building in bushfire-prone areas. It is an Australian standard and compliance in which must be adhered to for the protection of your home in such environments.
The Australian Standard AS3959-2009 & AS3959-2009/Amdt 2011 is designed to inform the property owner on protection and preventative methods in bushfire-prone areas.
Properties in bushfire-prone areas have a designated BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) rating. The BAL  rating has been devised by the Australian government as a rating system to assist in gauging the risk level that bushfires pose to homes. Different environments require different standards for you to meet as a homeowner as are the BAL ratings as it aids in assisting the management and prevention of the risk of bushfires. 

Depending on your property location will depend on the level of protection required as per the specifications for a BAL-rated gutter guard. 

Given not all homes are in the direct line of bushfires, it still may have a more stringent BAL rating compliance due to the ability for flaming embers and debris to be carried by the wind, etc, and become problematic for your home. 

Flaming embers and debris carried by the wind are prone to find themselves in crevices and gutters or roof cavities setting your home ablaze even kilometers away from the direct line of danger. 

Ember guards help prevent this from happening and can effectively safeguard your home from catching on fire in this manner.

Your local council or bushfire authority should be able to provide more information regarding the compliance required for your home and surrounding environment. There are two different differences in the compliances when it comes to gutter protection systems for your property.

  1. Gutter Guard Mesh: Predominately used to prevent leaves, debris, and vermin from entering your gutters.
  2. Ember Mesh: Specially designed for compliance with AS3959 utilised for the prevention of flying embers and burning debris from entering your gutters – a non-combustible material.

If you are uncertain of council regulations for your area and the surrounding environment or are finding it difficult to decide which gutter protection system is right for your property, give one of our friendly specialists from King Group Australia a call today!

Top tips for selecting the best gutter guard system and company

Top tips for selecting the best gutter guard system and company

Due to the variety of gutter guard systems and companies in the market, it can be an overwhelming and increasingly difficult task in deciding which is the most suitable system and company to provide you with optimum protection.
When choosing the best gutter guard system for your home, there are several factors to consider.

1. Quality of Materials and Aperture or Hole Size

Given the variety of materials and styles of gutter guard systems in the market today, it is imperative to consider the quality of the product in unison with the hole size of the product. Some systems have large holes, gaps, and openings. This will further cause problems as homeowners will still be required to remove the gutter guard to clean and maintain gutters. 

King Group Australia’s sister company Ultraguard is the inventors and manufacturers of the Expanded Aluminium gutter protection system with a 3.5mm aperture or hole size.
This allows for maximum water filtration whilst keeping the gutter line free from debris, leaves and build-ups.
Compliant with AS3959 – CSIRO rated with a BAL of Zero – making this system suitable for bushfire-prone areas, as well as suitable for all and gutter types as all mesh and accessories are made from colorbond aluminium.

2. Cost of Gutter Guard

While there are a variety of inexpensive DIY options that may advertise an effective way to keep your gutters clean, they’re more than likely a short-term solution with regular maintenance involved and ultimately the need to be replaced sometimes within months of installation. King Group Australia offers high-quality products and installations – backed by a warranty at a cost-effective price. We also offer a ‘Price Beat Guarantee.

3. Gutter Guard Installation

Due to the variety of systems, there are a variety of installation methods. Some systems involve placing the gutter protection system, inside the gutter-line, which is not a recommended approach, due to the lack of water filtration and sunlight, in turn creating problems in the future.
Other systems materials are not adept at dealing and coping with our harsh Australian Climate, thus resulting in deterioration and degradation over time. 

4. Gutters or Gutter Protection?

Some systems involve replacing all existing guttering as a part of the installation process. This is an expensive and redundant approach when deciding on the right system for your property.
King Group Australia’s system starts from the gutter edge or lip, extending over your gutters and matched to the roof profile, whether it be metal or tile, our system guarantees maximum protection creating a barrier from external elements whilst allowing maximum water filtration and does not impose on your gutters function.

5. Warranty

When choosing the right system for your property, it is important to keep in mind the company you choose to contract for the job. There are a lot of DIY maintenance and trades type installers, without the reputation or backing of a reputable company often leaving your gutters in worse condition prior to installation.
King Group Australia offers a warranty on both the materials and installation of our system.
If you require any further information regarding our system or are looking for a free no-obligation measure and quote, call one of our specialists at King Group today!

How to fireproof your gutters?

How to fireproof your gutters?

Bushfires are a prevalent issue, particularly with rapid housing developments. Due to the harsh Australian climate and with the weather heating up, things start to dry out, bushfires pose a risk in many areas of Australia.  King Group Australia suggests protecting your home and fireproofing your gutters as an excellent start in preventing the disastrous effects of a bushfire. King Group Australia’s sister company Ultraguard invented and manufacture a premium expanded aluminium Embermesh gutter protection system, in compliance with AS3959 – with a BAL(BushfireAttackLevel) of Zero, CSIRO rated. 

Ultraguard Premium Embermesh

The best way to fireproof your gutters is by using our Ultraguard premium aluminium Embermesh.  Our gutter protection system is designed to keep leaves and debris out of your gutters while still allowing the rainwater to flow freely into the gutter. Due to the installation method of our system, incorporating the roof and gutters together to allow for maximum protection. If installed on a tile roof, our Embermesh is placed under the second row of tiles and extends over the gutter line and fastened the edge of the gutter, similarly to a metal roof, we fasten our mesh with colorbond accessories to the roof profile(corrugated, trim deck, etc) and as above extend over the gutter line  – there is nowhere for leaves and debris to build up.  Again, this allows for maximum protection, whilst still allowing for water filtration without impeding the functionality of your gutters. The benefits of our ember mesh system are insurmountable in bushfire-affected areas, as not only does it keep your gutters clean and free from any blockages, but our system has also been specially designed to be non-combustible in event of a fire. Embers and flaming debris pose a real threat to your home as they can penetrate your roof cavity and wreak havoc to your property. Our 2mm aperture Embermesh assures protection and prevention of such debris and ember from entering your gutters and home.  This is important in the case of a bushfire as embers can land in your gutters and cause a fire to flare, threatening your home.  King Group Australia offers a warranty on both our product and installation methods. Looking for quality gutter protection? – give one of our specialists a call today for a free measure and quote!