GUTTER GUARDS OR NO GUTTER GUARDS?
Whether you decide on gutter guard and screens or maintaining the cleaning of the roof gutters you still have to flush the silt from the roof gutters with water. The answer to the inherent problems for the removal of corrosive toxic silt build up in your gutters is the FLUSHAWAY® SILT FLUSHA COME BRILLIANT WATER DIVERTER AND SAVER. So you see the need for flushing the roof gutters regularly to minimise the impact of the inherent problems of silt, at least once a year. For your gutters protection (Silt can build up to the top of the gutters if not regularly checked.)
There are many types of gutter guards and gutter guards are a great way of keeping the large debris from the gutter floor such as leaves and large twigs etc however they do nothing to exclude the silt and some do not allow sunlight into the gutter allowing moss to flourish in the silt. Fine silt, dusts and small seeds will go through anything. Some gutter guards are made so permanent with screw fixing, siliconing or gluing that it is impossible to remove them for cleaning, in this situation there is a dire need for the flushing of compounding silts to protect the roof gutters.
REMEMBER GUTTER GUARDS ARE A GREAT WAY OF KEEPING LEAVES, TWIGS AND OTHER TREE DEBRIS OUT OF YOUR GUTTERING
However none of them do anything to keep the silt out of roof gutters. Some silts are even soluble and will collect on the base of the gutter floor and aggregate.
SHOULD YOU INSTALL GUTTER GUARDS AT ALL?
Unless you are willing to clean your gutters at least two times a year, possibly three times especially with some trees that drop all year round, definitely if large gum trees surround your home. Gutter guards can be a great idea if you realise they are for leaves and large tree debris then go for it. But don’t be fooled into thinking they will stop guttering from silting up there is no substitute for flushing at least once a year. More than once a year if you have water tanks for drinking water.
HOWEVER IN SAYING THAT THERE IS A LOT OF MERIT IN HAVING A GOOD QUALITY GUTTER GUARD WITH REGULAR FLUSHING TO MAINTAIN YOUR ROOF GUTTERS
Believe me there are some really good gutter guards out there and some not so good. A couple of tips when considering gutter guards:- do not be fooled into buying a gutter guard from a gutter guard company who claims “your gutters will never need cleaning again”. What a good reputable gutter guard company will say:- “all gutter guards should be flushed regularly to remove silt build up.” The flushing can be done through the gutter guard to a FLUSHAWAY® to evacuation. Some gutter guard companies say they will provide this service.
WHAT IS BETTER GUTTER GUARDS OR A GOOD CLEANING SERVICE
A good cleaning service will usually use a high powered blower to clean out the leaves and large debris and finish the clean with low pressure water flushing to remove all the silt, gutters look like new inside and then they clean the ground as if they have not been there. Depending on the annual cost when you divide the cost of a good gutter guard by 20 years of cleans and the fact that you still have to flush the gutters with gutter guard, cleaning is maintaining - go figure.
VACUUM CLEANING GUTTERS NOT A GOOD WAY TO GO
Constantly dragging vacuum hoses over roofing dislodges ridgecapping, moves tiles and internal gutter brackets and never properly cleans under the lead tile or metal roofing that protrudes into the gutter.
HAND CLEANING WITH FLUSHING
Hand cleaning with gutter cleaning tools then a good flush clean is a time consuming option however another good way of maintaining your roof gutters and protecting gutters from rush and corrosion.
FIRST FLUSH DIVERTERS AND FILTERS FOR WATER TANKS, GUTTER GUARDS AND SCREENS These products have no effect for the removal of the damaging silt build up that collects in the roof gutters and corrodes before the use by date.
WHERE CAN YOU USE THE FLUSHAWAY®
1. Anywhere around the perimeter of the roof guttering.
2. On one or any number of downpipes.
3. If you have an area of guttering that falls away from the downpipe – simply fix a FLUSHAWAY® at the lowest point, run a length of diverter hose connected to slotted poly drain along a garden bed and the slightest rain will water the roots. Very easy to do! A NUMBER OF WATER LINES COULD BE RUN THROUGH GARDEN PLANT BEDS from different locations around the home, disconnected in constant heavy rain periods left in place during low rain periods making use of every drop. Remember to make sure you keep your gutters clean and flushed.