Why is it important to have and maintain guttering?

    A gutter is a narrow trough or channel that runs around the perimeter of your roof.  It is commonly made of high quality water resistant materials such as Colourbond, zincalume, aluminium, stainless steel or PVC.  

    Gutters are installed under the edging of your roof to catch the rainwater.  They then direct the water into your downpipes which can either collect the water into tanks or direct it away from your foundations.  The National Construction Code specifies that gutters and downpipes must be designed and installed to withstand the maximum rainfall intensity for the area in which you live. 

    Whilst gutters aren’t required by legislation, they are necessary for most homeowners to prevent damage to their homes.  If you chose to have no guttering you leave your building vulnerable to a wide range of water related damages.  Water can erode the soil and foundations, damage your structure and create mould and mildew problems. 

    Maintaining roof gutters is an essential yet overlooked home maintenance task. Regularly cleaning your gutters of fallen leaves and debris can prevent water clogs and damage to your home’s exterior. Use a ladder for safe access and make sure to wear gloves when removing debris by hand.  It is recommended by the professionals to clean your gutters twice a year, in spring and autumn, starting with a visual inspection.

    Some signs that your gutters need cleaning immediately are - bulging gutters and downpipes, water in the walls of your home, plants growing in your gutters, a waterfall of rainwater every time it rains and animals on your roof which may have food and bedding up there.  Pruning trees and bushes prevents loose branches, twigs and leaves falling into guttering and causing obstructions.

    If you identify any issues with your gutters, get them fixed ASAP. Small problems can become big problems fast and can cost you in the long run.