Meshing Around With Gutter Guards

Since all gutter guards whether good, bad or indifferent center around the mesh, we need to look carefully at this component. It is human nature to be attracted by an inexpensive version of most things and in seeking to obtain a bargain Gutter Leaf Guard, people end up putting all kinds of stuff over their gutters – including flyscreen – even garden shade cloth!

But these and other inferior materials (like DOLLAR poly mesh) only waste your time and money. They deteriorate rapidly, lose functionality, become unsightly and usually get removed early-on.
So we’ll forget these pretenders and instead concentrate on the purpose-built gutter leaf guard meshes – of which the following FIVE are generally available for professional installation:

1. Powder coated galvanised steel wire (cage mesh)

2. Expanded Colorbond steel mesh (non-flexible hard grid)

3. 1.9mm aperture finely woven powder coated aluminum (or stainless steel) ember guard

4. 3–4mm aperture HDPE plastic (chemically stabilised for UV exposure)

5. 3–4mm aperture expanded powder coated aluminum mesh (malleable soft grid)

Of these, only the last two – the HDPE and ALUMINIUM meshes with apertures designed to be non-sheeting – can be successfully utilised as components of a FULL SERVICE Gutter Leaf Guard.
We’ll take the problems associated with the first three in order.

1. The mild steel wire mesh, while sturdy in appearance, is inclined to rust and its stiffness prevents it from being worked neatly under the second tile on tile roofs – or within the curvature of corrugated roofs.

2. The design of the heavier, rust-resistant Colorbond steel grid allows it only be taken to the edge of roofs – where it leaves gaps and with its lower sitting profile promotes the collection of debris which can eventually enter the gutter and is a nightmare to clean out.

3. Finely woven aluminum or stainless ember guard – designed primarily to cover vertical wall vents – is sometimes utilised to cope with fine-leaved trees like jacarandas, pines and she-oaks. But like flyscreen, which it somewhat resembles, it encourages anything other than the lightest rainwater runoff to SHEET – ie. go OVER gutters rather than go into them.

To cope with fine-leafed trees we believe meshes designed to be non-sheeting combined with a modicum of maintenance is the better option, which brings us to the last two meshes on the list.
Both work as FULL-SERVICE installation meshes and in our opinion, you can’t go wrong with either. HDPE stabilised mesh is tried and true – it’s on thousands of houses Australia-wide.

Its secret lies in its relatively smooth profile assisting the progress of leaf debris across its surface on sloped tile and Colorbond roofs, while its sensibly-sized diamond-shaped aperture is sufficient to capture everything other than the heaviest stormwater runoff. Versatile ALUMINIUM mesh also does everything just described.

In addition, it meets the Australian Standard for ALL Bushfire Prone areas, comes in a myriad of Colorbond roof colors and – although installed in exactly the same way as HDPE – presents a less obtrusive appearance.

Our PREMIUM aluminum product (1mm strand width) has a warranty to match its durability and functionality – 20 YEARS PRODUCT & LABOUR – reinforcing it in our estimation as the cat’s whiskers of Gutter Leaf Guard meshes.

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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