Gutter guards prevent leaves and other debris from clogging up your guttering and contaminating your drinking water supply as well as reducing risk of embers from bushfires entering under your roof or pests making a home in your guttering.
Gutter guards significantly reduce how often you need to do that messy but necessary chore of cleaning out your guttering.
Many of Australia’s favourite tree species such as eucalypts, blackwoods and bottlebrushes drop seriously large amounts of leafy material every year. This can quickly build up in your guttering.
Clogged gutters can lead to flooding issues and the possibility of backed-up water seeping in under your roof.
Gutter guards are proving increasingly popular and effective way of preventing blocked gutters without restricting water flow.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF GUTTER GUARD
There’s a wide range of gutter guards on the market today. Some of these products have benefited from research and development and offer real aesthetic appeal as well as exceptional performance.
A range of material and colour choices means there are options to meet all requirements and budgets.
The most common type of gutter guard uses mesh that’s large enough to allow water to flow freely in the heaviest downpours while preventing leaf material and other debris to pass through.
Plastic gutter guards offer a lower-priced option but some plastics are very susceptible to UV degradation.
However, they won’t rust. If you are looking to use plastic then we recommend you choose a high quality polyethylene gutter guard; these are more durable.
Plastic is not acceptable in bushfire prone areas.
Aluminium gutter guard mesh delivers superior gutter protection performance in every way.
Aluminium is lightweight with exceptional strength and durability ratings. It is extremely resistant to corrosion and it won’t burn.
Aluminium is deemed suitable for BAL levels up to BAL 29 bushfire protection.
Stainless steel delivers exceptional strength and durability performance.
Its resistance to corrosion make it a great choice in highly corrosive environments such as coastal and industrial areas.
Stainless steel is bushfire compliant for all BAL levels and for ember guard applications.
Foam mesh gutter guards are highly popular gutter guard solution in the US and have increasingly taken a share of the Australian gutter guard protection system market.
The porous foam wedges sit inside the roof gutter and won't restrict water flow but prevent any leaf material to pass into the gutter system.
Look for a product that offers UV stability and mould inhibitors but you probably won’t want to choose this option if you collect your roof water for drinking.
Foam mesh guards can be easily installed by anyone and require no screws. They can be considerably cheaper than more traditional steel gutter guards and some brands offer 10-year warranties.
Foam mesh guards might be fire retardant Fire retardant (AS-1530-3-1999) but they are not approved for bushfire zone application.
WHAT'S THE BEST GUTTER GUARD SYSTEM
We supply a range of great Australian-made gutter guards to suit all roof gutters and budgets. Which one is best will depend, largely, on your specific requirements and budget.
Karben manufacture premium quality mesh gutter guards with a choice of heavy aluminium or woven aluminium mesh, high quality polyethylene or stainless steel options suitable for all roof types including all types of tile roof.
They also do kits to fit box gutters, parapet walls and other non-standard gutter options as well as stainless steel solar panel mesh.
The choice of 26 colours allows you to match most roof colour schemes.
They offer a range of wire widths and mesh aperture sizes appropriate for BAL 12.5 up to BAL FZ as well as meeting ember guard requirements.
With more than 20 years experience, Karben has won a lot of fans throughout the NSW region. Reviews consistently highlight Karben’s exceptional service and product quality.
Karben gutter guard products:
- 3.5mm aluminium (plus heavy version)
- 4mm HDPE mesh
- 1.9mm aluminium mesh
- 1.9mm stainless steel mesh
THE LEAF MAN
The Leaf Man gutter guards offer a range of Bluescope steel or aluminium gutter guard sizes and profiles to fit all metal roofing and tile roofs.
Featuring 0.55mm thick steel, The Leaf Man guard mesh is strong and durable and offers excellent corrosion resistance. The Leaf Man have gutter guard options for all BAL zones.
The Leaf Man offers protection for non standard requirements including box gutters and it’s the only gutter guard product that features pre-cut folds for specific metal profiles such as Lysaght TrimDek, Spandek and Stratco Longspan.
The Leaf Man products:
- Flat standard 200mm wide
- Stealth valleys (corrugated & tile)
- Tiled roof fold (25 step, 40 step)
- Flat roof (195, 233, 87.5, 100 centres)
- Croc fold
- Half round
BLUE MOUNTAIN MESH
The innovative design of Blue Mountain Mesh Lock Gutter Trim gives it superior strength in resisting the pull force that heavy snowfalls and hail can place on ordinary gutter guards.
Blue Mountain mesh features more than 30 colour options and is suitable for any roof type including your tiled roof. Blue Mountain is available in custom designed sizing and fixtures.
Blue Mountain gutter guard products:
- 2mm, 4mm, 5.4mm steel
- 4mm aluminium
- Mesh lock gutter trim
- Corrugated valley multi-pitch fin
LEAF STOPPER (TOP IDEA)
Leaf Stopper is another proudly Australian made product that uses high quality aluminium mesh. Leaf Stopper is suitable for metal (all profiles) and tile roofs and valleys.
Leaf Stopper also has options for box guttering and other non-standard guttering.
Leaf Stopper comes in three grades: standard, premium, fine (ember guard).
Leaf Stopper is suitable for bushfire zones up to BAL 29. As Leaf Stopper is made from aluminium, it is not compatible with BAL 40, FZ or as an ember guard.
A great selection of colours allows you to match your gutter guard with your roof and downpipes colour scheme. Leaf Stopper comes with a 15-year warranty.
Leaf Stopper gutter guard products:
- Dek 762
ROOF TYPES & APPLICATIONS
Whatever your roof type, there’s a gutter guard that’ll fit.
Gutter guards in aluminium, stainless steel and plastic are available for tile roofs and tile valleys.
Typically, a gutter protection system covers the gutter and the first row of tiles slotting in underneath the second row or tiles to form a sloping seal that allows the wind to blow leaves off the roof.
We have gutter mesh to suit all types and profiles of metal roofs from corrugated to trimdek. Corrugated saddles allow the mesh to form a tight knit fit with profile undulations.
Most gutter guard products are suitable for use with flat Roofs.
Specially designed brackets hold the mesh tight against the flat roof profile while flaps fold up to protect the raised fluting ends and ensuring no leaves can get into the guttering.
Leaf build-up in valleys can cause water to back up and seep into the roof space. The gutter mesh products we supply offer specially designed valley guards to protect this vulnerable area.
Leaf material can build up around solar panel roof mounts and birds build nests under the shelter of the panels.
This organic matter speeds up corrosion. We have special gutter mesh products that will prevent leaves being blown under the panels and collecting around the mounts or birds nesting.
HOW DOES IT PROTECT MY ROOF?
Installing gutter mesh will protect your roof and extend its life.
LEAVES & DEBRIS
Choose the right mesh size according to the size of the leaves around your house. Leaves can quickly build up causing blocked gutters.
Water can quickly back up and overflow your guttering and enter the roof space.
Research demonstrates that leaves in guttering and burning embers entering the roof space through metal profile gaps are some of the first flashpoints for house fires in bushfire zones.
That’s why a BAL approved gutter guard is critical for safeguarding your home from fire.
Gutter guards prevent pests such as birds, snakes, possums and vermin from making a messy home in your guttering or roof space.
Keeping your guttering free from pests is vital for your health especially if you collect your drinking water from the roof.
DO GUTTER GUARDS NEED TO BE CLEANED?
Gutter guards significantly reduce gutter maintenance requirements. You may need to clean leaf build up from the gutter guards occasionally but most gutter guards are largely self-cleaning.
GUTTER GUARD COST
Gutter Guard costs vary according to the product, material choice and quantity.
Talk to the helpful staff at No1. Roofing and Building Supplies and you’ll be surprised how easily you can add real value to your home with a superior gutter guard.
HOW TO INSTALL GUTTER GUARD
Installing gutter guards is really easy. Installation is suitable for any competent DIY person or we can organise a professional to carry out the gutter guard installation for you.
Most gutter guard products attach to the gutter edge using a plate or clip and screw type
system. You then attach the guard to the metal roof using screws and a saddle to fit the specific profile. With tile roofs, the guard mesh slides in under the second row of tiles.
It’s easy to install gutter guards but remember to abide by working at heights safety
legislation, wear the correct protective clothing and keep yourself safe.
GUTTER GUARD SUPPLIERS
No1. Roofing and Building Supplies supply a wide range of gutter guards including:
- Leaf Stopper (by Top Idea)
- The Leaf Man Gutter Guard
- Blue Mountain Mesh
We offer an extensive delivery service throughout the NSW region.