Guttering 101: All you need to know about gutter maintenance and repairs
Maintain spick-and-span gutters and make sure your home is protected from water damage.
All about the gutters
Guttering is an important part of your roof that protects your home from mould, mildew, and other types of water damage that can affect its lifespan. They also provide a great visual addition to your home, bumping up its aesthetic appeal.
Another reason to keep your gutters well-maintained is the cost of professional repairs. Nowadays it can cost up to AUD 160 per metre to replace gutters and anywhere from AUD 200 to AUD 700 for professional gutter cleaning.
Routinely cleaning out your gutters can help a lot in extending their durability, reducing the need for professional cleaning services or replacements.
While you should definitely contact a professional for more serious issues, you can use these easy DIY gutter maintenance and repair tips to keep your gutters well-maintained for a long time to come.
DIY gutter maintenance and repair tips
No more clogging, leaking, and misaligned gutters to give you headaches on rainy days. Follow these tips to keep your gutters at their peak condition.
Routinely check your gutters
The first step to maintaining your gutters properly is identifying issues. Make sure to check your gutters every 6 months at the very least for clogging, damages, and misalignments. The frequency may change based on the local climate and the vegetation above your home.
Pay attention to clogs
Clogging is the top culprit for a whole slew of issues that can affect your home from rotting wood components and damaging foundations. Clogging can occur within the gutter or in the downspouts. Always clean out leaves, branches, and other debris to prevent clogging.
Patch holes properly
If you notice minor holes that are causing water leakage, patching them properly will prevent further damage to guttering that is otherwise in good condition. To do so, clean the area around the hole, cover it with roofing cement, and apply a matching metal patch.
Change gutter spikes
If you haven’t replaced your gutters recently, chances are that they are hung in the traditional manner using gutter spikes. If you notice unsecured spikes during your checks, ensure you fasten them securely or consider replacing them with modern choices like brackets.
Fix sagging gutters
If some parts of the gutter are sagging, it will cause water to pool up and inhibit the natural flow and drainage. If you notice sagging during your checks, tighten the gutter brackets/ screws to ensure they maintain the proper angle that allows for a smooth water flow.
Check the downspouts
The downspouts are as important as the gutters to ensure protection from water damage as they carry all the water from the gutters away from the house. Check for rust and clogging, tighten the straps properly and ensure they extend several feet away from the house.
How to choose quality guttering
Another great way of ensuring your gutters are in good condition for a long time is, you guessed it, installing high-quality gutters in the first place! There are many choices of material for gutters in Australia with the most popular options being, PVC, aluminium, steel, and copper.
While each of these options has its own pros and cons, one option stands out from the rest as a durable, affordable, sustainable option.
COLORBOND steel gutter products are ideal for Australian homes as they are specifically made for handling Australian weather conditions. They can withstand changing climates without any issues and can last a long time due to their five-layer protective coating.
Shop for high-quality COLORBOND guttering from ClickSteel
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We offer a range of COLORBOND gutter products including gutters, gutter accessories, fascia, and fascia accessories. Check out our full catalogue here.
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Frequently asked questions
While it is possible to install gutters yourself, we would recommend employing the services of a professional to do so since it’s not a routine project. If you are looking for reliable tradies, check out our Find-A-Tradie service.
We offer a range of COLORBOND gutter products including,
- COLORBOND steel gutters
- COLORBOND steel gutter accessories
- COLORBOND steel fascia
- COLORBOND steel fascia accessories
If you notice cracking, stressed seams, rotting, peeling paint, or rust in your gutters, you should consider replacing your gutters. A properly maintained COLORBOND gutter system will last for up to 20 years.