And What About Maintenance?

The superiority of the Leafscreener ‘ski slope’ type Gutter Guard where gutter mesh fitment allows the slope of the roof to assist the clearance of leafy debris over the gutter is quite obvious by now.

Just as obvious is that a ‘tuck in’ guard sitting in the gutter along the edge of the roof is more prone to catching and holding leaf matter

However, although the ‘ski slope’ type Gutter Guard is universally considered the most maintenance-FREE Gutter Protection available to homeowners, a modicum of maintenance is required. For that, we’ll have to find a good Gutter Guard Suppliers.

Four factors influence this – the type and pitch of roof; type and fall of the gutter; type and proximity of shrubs/trees; type and intensity of weather – and we’ll deal with each of them in turn.

1. Type And Pitch of Roof

When a roof is low-pitched, leafy debris may hang-up along the edge of any roof pending a decent storm or wind to clear it off. This may be exacerbated with the ‘bumpier’ tile profiles and especially along a valley which often enters the gutter at a flatter angle. In all these circumstances, the rule of thumb is not to allow any major build-up of leafy debris to stay in place long enough for it to start to break down/ decompose. Because that is when rain, rather than washing the debris over the gutter and off the roof, will instead wash some of it through the guttermesh into the gutter where the sticky residue may remain to inhibit gutter function. Blowing off leaf congested areas with a leaf blower before the debris has time to become an issue is generally the easiest way to handle it.

Colorbond roofs, usually corrugated but sometimes with flatter profiles, are often given minimal pitch by their builder which may cause them to require ongoing maintenance. The rule of thumb remains the same – leafy debris build-up on roof areas needs to be dispersed prior to its breaking down and being washed through the mesh into the gutter. What should be understood is that even on a flat roof it is a lot easier to blow off debris lying above guttermesh than having to dig it out of the gutter itself.


2. Type And Fall Of Gutter

Most buildings, whether commercial or domestic, have some type of quad gutter. Its prevalence in the building industry causes it to be known as ‘normal’ gutter. It is handy because it can be given a decent fall or slope to the downpipes to help runoff clear itself without overflowing the gutter.
Other gutters sometimes encountered on homes are box gutters and fascia gutters. The issue with both these gutters are that they have minimal to zero fall – which means that they need to be kept clear for optimum function – which in turn means that our rule of thumb requiring the timely dispersal of leafy debris build-up assumes even greater significance.

3. Type and proximity of shrubs/trees

The most commonly encountered tree around Australian homes is the gum or Australian eucalypt – the largest flowering plant on earth. Eucalypts are non-deciduous (evergreen) and bless Australian roofs with leaves, twigs, bark, gumnuts and blossoms year round without pause. The ‘ski slope’ system copes with this surprisingly well – though clearing up at ground level may be more onerous. European trees and exotics from various parts of the world are often deciduous – losing all their leaves at once – thus generating a considerable volume of leafy debris which needs to be cleared off the roof either by weather or by hand before it breaks down. There are a few trees – luckily only a few – which are notoriously difficult for the homeowner to cope with due to the size and shape of their leaves. Jacarandas with their small, sticky leaves and quick-to-die blossoms together with the needle-shaped leaves of casuarinas and ornamental pines require continual vigilance and keeping to the established rule of thumb. Liquidambars and Japanese maples can be a nuisance too – especially those overhanging from a neighbour’s backyard.

4. Type and intensity of weather

To keep a ‘ski slope’ gutter guard working efficiently, an occasional shower of rain is required. Dust, dirt, pollutants and superfine debris all find their way into gutters and need to be periodically flushed away. It is generally considered that a moderate shower about once a month does the trick. However, the weather gods do not always smile and provide this – so the homeowner or someone else may need to provide the cleansing shower with a garden hose. It’s a good idea to visually check the gutter first for internal silt build-up before wielding the hose as it may take many months or even years before this becomes an issue requiring remediation.
With climate change and hotter drier weather in the offing, it should be noted that if you live in what the fireys call the urban ‘interface’ – ie. close to the bush – Leafscreener aluminum guttermesh meets all BAL specifications, surpassing the Australian Standard for Bushfire Prone Areas.
With wind-assisted bushfire smoke on the horizon, it’s a relief to have the ember protection the system provides.

To sum up – notwithstanding the minimal maintenance required – a well-installed Leafscreener ‘ski slope’ type gutter guard is the best protection you can give your gutters, your home and yourself.


Customer Reviews

In the huge storm that we had (after Leafscreening) the usual leak onto the front verandah just never happened.  Even the continual rain all Friday night and most of Saturday never caused one drip.  So we are really pleased in more ways than one that we chose you and....

The Mayos

They (Leafscreener personnel) quickly fixed the problem.  I have found Leafscreener most efficient in keeping leaves and other materials from entering the gutters and blocking them.  I can thoroughly recommend the product and the installation team.   (Mr) R. A. Durham Pymble....

(Mr) R. A. Durham

Since ‘Leafscreener’ was installed, the leaves just blow off and are no longer a problem .   (Mrs) Barbara Hooper Carlingford....

(Mrs) Barbara Hooper

I would like to tell you how well it blends with our house colours, and above all, doing the job it is supposed to do.  We are already into the ‘Bushfire’ season, but because of the Leafscreener there is one less job to do in order to prepare our....

(Mr) F. Fonseca

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