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.

Proofing Your Gutters In Bushfire

Proofing Your Gutters In Bushfire

Subtle winters and a window of opportunities to absorb vitamin D are among the multitude of benefits that accompany living in the Australian climate. But, offsetting these positives, this climate also brings the terrible threat of bushfire every summer.

Bushfire Causing The Arrival Of Ember Attack

You may realize that your home is at risk with the approaching bushfire front. Yet, you may not be aware that a lot of homes burn even before contact with the bushfire front. In reality, it is primarily the ember attack which leads to the burning of over 85% of homes through bushfires. 

The wind carries ember and burning debris ahead of the bushfire front, resting around or into your home which leads to ignition. 

In addition to this, holes around your home, plants in the lawn, and dried leaves and waste further facilitate the probability of burning.  

Gutters Acting As A Line Of Defense

Waste and leaves which are carried by the wind to the inside of your gutters catch fire easily. Therefore, we believe that your gutters can act as a key line of defense, allowing your home to combat ember attack and the demolition caused by fire. 

One way to prevent this fire is through regular gutter cleaning. Regular gutter cleaning can be expensive and has to be done regularly. A professional will charge you hundreds of dollars for cleaning your gutters every three months, whereas, taking this responsibility in your hands can be timetaking and possibly prove to be injurious for you, especially when you are already worried about a bushfire. 

Considering the above, you are recommended to use gutter mesh to halt the entry of leaves and waste at ascendency.

Gutter Guard Mesh 

Gutter Guard King Mesh is designed to fit over your gutters to keep debris, pests, leaves, and other waste items out. Gutter Guard King’ mesh for eaves and fascia are angled according to the roof edges to provide advanced protection. This allows leaves and debris to easily rest on the top of the mesh which is easily removed later.

As per the bushfire standards regarding construction, gutter guards such as gutter mesh should be manufactured from non-combustible materials. Thus, we recommend you to look for mesh with an aperture size no greater than 2mm, this being the recommended size that does not let embers in.

This is the reason why we at Gutter Guard King, propose our 2mm aluminium ember mesh as a gutter guard for homes in bushfire susceptible areas.

Think About Defending Your Home

There are several ways to protect your home from the menaces of bushfire. Australian standards (AS3959-2009) for building homes in areas susceptible to bushfire throw some light on some of these ways. This standard clearly explains rulings for ‘gutter guard’ and ’ember guard adaptable mesh’ in detail, which proves to be a necessary resource for people looking forward to building a new home.

Don’t forget to contact your local fire officials for more details and resources on this subject.

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