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 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!

What Are Gutters?

What Are Gutters?

Gutters are fixed to the exterior of your property and roof structure to assist with channelling water, debris and other forms of environmental factors that affect your roof and property. 

Gutters prevent water entry into the structure of the building by channelling the rainwater away from the exterior of the walls and their foundations. Water running down the walls causes dampness in the affected rooms and provides a favourable environment for growth of mould, and wet rot in timber.

A rain gutter may be a:

  • Roof integral trough along the lower edge of the roof slope which is fashioned from the roof covering and flashing materials.
  • Discrete trough of metal, or other material that is suspended beyond the roof edge and below the projected slope of the roof.
  • Wall integral structure beneath the roof edge, traditionally constructed of masonry, fashioned as the crowning element of a wall.

Gutter Mesh In Defense Against Insect-Related Health Issues

Gutter Mesh In Defense Against Insect-Related Health Issues

Living in Australia’s wild profile can often make your house vulnerable to the health hazards created by unpleasant animal presence in warm spots. The roofs and gutter spaces conveniently fit the definition of warm places, which can lead to serious health concerns.

It is not only the health hazards associated with these animals but also the increased maintenance costs that can arise in relation to their presence within the gutters and the roofs, that can cause serious disharmony within any home or commercial building.

Pollution And Health Risks

Animal waste can become a significant problem in sustaining a clean and healthy environment. The absence of proper waste management in such a case can lead to sickness and various allergies, posing a severe health risk. Moreover, animals and especially the decomposing dead bodies can be a major transporter of serious diseases in the vicinity. They are a serious culprit in the clogged sewage system, which can have both maintenance and wellness challenges. 

Parasite Carriers

Parasites are an annoying presence as they are not only a detriment to health but are also challenging to deal with due to their minuscule size.

The invading animals can pose as a host for parasitic insects like mites, fleas, etc., which can then proceed to the humans or pets living in the property. This whole switching of hosts can prompt unwelcome health conditions like irritation and various allergic tendencies. 

Menace Of Snakes 

Snakes can often find suitable warm spots around the house for breeding and shelter.  This situation may have a surprising advantage as they get rid of the other troublesome animals. However, truth be told the sight of reptiles resting around your loved ones is not a pleasant feeling.

Snakes are notorious for their deadly bites. Your family and pets being exposed to such a danger is certainly something that needs to be dealt with the utmost consideration. 

Health Hazards from Mosquitos

Mosquitos may be a minor form of pests; however, their capability to seriously jeopardize the overall well-being of anyone subject to the diseases they spread is well-known. Australia, like much of the world, has been subjected to the horrors of the mosquito associated illnesses like the Dengue Fever, Malaria, Murray River encephalitis, etc.

The gathering of water in clogged gutters or roofs can provide an excellent breeding ground for mosquitos  to mature and spread havoc in the neighbourhood.  

Cure Or Prevention?

Even in the world of medicine, prevention is always regarded as more integral to health. When it comes to your home or commercial buildings, prevention should always be considered before anything else. Using the Gutter Guard King’ mesh can certainly take care of this aspect. 

Why The Gutter Mesh Is Obvious?

The key is to provide effective protection against the health-threatening pests without adding to the overall maintenance of the property. Gutter mesh achieves this objective with precision. It provides a blockade against unnecessary hazardous elements like the fire-friendly leaves, twigs etc. and the disease-carrying insects.

Gutters are physically protected against the entry of the unfavorable components. Also, the roofs are empowered by the mesh systems to dispose of the leaves and provide no friendly territory to the dangerous pests. The ski-slope effect achieved between the roof and the gutter plays a crucial role in achieving the feat.

Selecting The Gutter Mesh 

Choosing the gutter mesh which fits your needs is as essential as installing one in the first place. A mesh system which is formidable enough to fend off the advances of the pests, both the strong and the minuscule ones, is a must. 

Gutter Guard King makes the whole process convenient for you with a variety of mesh and mesh colours. Gutter Guard King, manufacture, supply and install their products to provide a gutter mesh that optimizes the defenses of your property against the plague of pests and other potential threats.

Keep Your Gutters Pest-Free with Gutter Mesh

Keep Your Gutters Pest-Free with Gutter Mesh

One of the many great things about effective rain harvesting is that it results in giving you an abundance of clean rainwater. This can be used around your property and home. However, it may pose problems if you happen to have pests, either large or small, in the gutters. These pests do two things to compromise your water supply; they can either reduce the volume of the collected rainwater or deteriorate the quality of it.

The mentioned issues require certain measures to be taken in order to keep the gutters free of pests. It is vital to take such actions when designing a harvesting system for rain.

Pest Related Issues

Pests can pose numerous problems when it comes to a rainwater harvesting system.

Your gutters can become clogged if pests create nests or die while they are on your roof. This in turn results in the reduction of water in your tanks. The decreased amount will discourage you from conveniently using the collected rainwater as per your wants, which will increase the adverse effects of drought and low rainfall for you.

Apart from that, pests can also end up contaminating your supply of rainwater with many unpleasant things, including but not limited to, urine, faeces, and their remains. These things may render the water totally unfit for intentional use and result in the wastage and shortage of water. If not that, it would surely affect the colour, opacity, and scent of the water supply.

Gutters that are clogged and performing poorly have a high chance of becoming breeding grounds for pests, especially mosquitos. These unwelcomed inhabitants can have a severe impact on the rain harvesting system’s and your home’s health.

Avoiding Pest-Related Issues

In a rain harvesting system, the most efficient way to avoid pest-related issues is to keep your gutters pest-free. Your gutters not having pests would result in keeping your harvesting system clean of pests as well.

Installing over-the-gutter aluminium gutter mesh is one of the known ways of keeping your gutters and rainwater harvesting system pest free. Using this leads to the creation of a physical blockade over the gutter which prevents pests, debris, and leaves from entering and allowing only rainwater to pass through. All Gutter Guard King mesh’ are sturdy enough to stop pests from entering into your gutters.

By keeping your gutters pest-free, a gutter mesh will help conserve and boost your rainwater’s quantity and quality so you can relish a clean, colourless, unscented and abundant supply.

Workplace Productivity Boosts With Gutter Mesh Installation

Workplace Productivity Boosts With Gutter Mesh Installation

Every property manager knows how time-consuming and onerous gutter cleaning can be for the maintenance staff. It is a regular task that may be done quarterly, monthly, or even after every two weeks, depending on the design of your property, and the foliage and vegetation at the site’s location. There is always a threat of costly flood damage from blocked gutters and downpipes; so surely, not cleaning your gutter is never a good choice.

A suitable mesh used as a gutter guard can control the risk of blocking gutters and pipes, thus, uplifting your workspace productiveness by limiting the time spent by the staff cleaning the gutter.

Gutter Mesh Helps But How?   

Gutter mesh allows only water in the gutters while blocking the leaves and debris from entering by forming a physical barrier over the gutter. On sloping roof edges, the gutter mesh is placed at an optimal angle with the roof, which results in the formation of a ski-slope effect through which leaves are scrubbed off easily. 

As leaves and debris are kept out of your gutters, the chances of blocking and flooding diminish, as well as the need for regular gutter cleaning. Thus, installing gutter mesh will help to improve your work productivity, especially in such a case where your maintenance staff spends hours every week cleaning gutters.

Let’s Do The Math

What is the total time gutter mesh can save for your maintenance staff?

To answer this question we need to go through a description of every property. However, the formula for calculating the annual time for gutter cleaning will not change.

First of all, count the number of buildings on which your staff will be working on and multiply it with the average time it takes to clean its gutters (this will also include the time spent for setting and packing). Then, multiply this number obtained with the number of staff members required for cleaning the gutter, and finally, multiply this calculated number with cleaning frequency. Now you have obtained your annual gutter cleaning time.

For example, if there are 15 buildings in a university campus and each building requires three staff members to clean its gutters in 2.5 hours, whereas the cleaning frequency is once every two weeks, annual gutter time calculated in such a situation is 2,925 hours.

Imagine how many other chores your staff could do if they were not busy cleaning those gutters regularly? (Or how quickly the savings would increase if you are no longer hiring contractors for the same task?)

Getting The Right Mesh

Certainly, to avail maximum yield from your mesh, you must select the gutter mesh which suits perfectly to your building/s and location. In some types of mesh, the leaves and debris may slide off easily, but in some, they may get stuck. At Gutter Guard King, we pride ourselves and supply a premium quality mesh compatible with Australian standards to, further protect and prevent your home or workplace from any inconsistencies due to maintenance.