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How Do Rainwater Guttering Systems Work?

Find out how rainwater guttering systems work, why they are essential for a home and how to maintain them.

Saving your roof from water damage

Rainwater guttering systems are a common feature in most Australian homes, but they are often overlooked. Most people only pay attention to their gutters when something goes wrong.

However, gutters play a vital role in protecting your home from water damage. They collect the rainwater falling on your roof and direct it away from your home’s foundation. This prevents the foundation from eroding over time and causing structural problems.

So it’s important to learn how they work and how to maintain them.

Tips to maintain rainwater guttering systems

Here are some helpful tips for maintaining your home’s gutter system and preventing problems like clogging.

Wear the proper gear

Cleaning rainwater gutters can be a dirty job, so it’s important to wear the right gear. Make sure to wear some thick gloves to protect your hands from dirt and muck and to prevent cuts from sharp edges.

Clean your gutters

It’s easy to overlook your home’s guttering system, so make sure to clean it out regularly to prevent clogging. Gutters can be cleaned easily using a trowel to remove debris and flush them down with water.

Check for damages

Your gutters will wear out over time, and you need to replace them. So, inspect your gutters thoroughly for signs of damage such as corrosion, drooping, cracks, holes and anything else that can cause leaks.

Install gutter guards

By installing gutter guards, you won’t need to worry about cleaning your gutters regularly. These cover your gutters and prevent leaves, twigs and other kinds of debris from falling in and causing blockages.

How your rainwater guttering system works

The way a guttering system works is very simple. When it starts raining, the slope of your roof makes the water trickle into the gutters, which then collects the rainwater and carries it to the ground through a downspout.

The downspout carries the water away from your home’s foundation, preventing water damage and mildew growth.

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ClickSteel—One of Australia’s best rainwater guttering resellers

At ClickSteel, we offer a wide array of rainwater guttering systems and other roofing products. We only work with leading brands, such as COLORBOND and ZINCALUME, so you never have to worry about the quality!

If you’re looking to replace your home’s rainwater gutters, visit our online store today to find the best COLORBOND steel gutters in Australia.

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Frequently asked questions

Is plastic guttering as good as steel guttering?

Although plastic guttering can be durable and reliable, it won’t last as long as steel guttering. If you’re looking for rainwater guttering that can last for years, consider installing steel guttering.

Which is better—square or round rainwater gutters?

Both round and square-shaped rainwater gutters work the same way. The shape of the gutter only really matters if you’re considering aesthetics.

Does the size and shape of my roof matter when I’m choosing rainwater guttering?

Yes, it does. You need to choose a guttering system that can handle the amount of rainwater collected by your roof. For example, for a large roof, you will need a high-capacity guttering system to handle the flow of rainwater.

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