Proofing Your Gutters In Bushfire

Proofing Your Gutters In Bushfire

Proofing Your Gutters In Bushfire

Proofing Your Gutters In Bushfire
Subtle winters and a window of opportunities to absorb vitamin D are among the multitude of benefits that accompany living in the Australian climate. But, offsetting these positives, this climate also brings the terrible threat of bushfire every summer.

Bushfire Causing The Arrival Of Ember Attack
You may realize that your home is at risk with the approaching bushfire front. Yet, you may not be aware that a lot of homes burn even before contact with the bushfire front. In reality, it is primarily the ember attack that leads to the burning of over 85% of homes through bushfires.

The wind carries ember and burning debris ahead of the bushfire front, resting around or into your home which leads to ignition.

In addition to this, holes around your home, plants in the lawn, and dried leaves and waste further facilitate the probability of burning.

Gutters Acting As A Line Of Defense
Waste and leaves which are carried by the wind to the inside of your gutters catch fire easily. Therefore, we believe that your gutters can act as a key line of defense, allowing your home to combat ember attacks and the demolition caused by fire.

One way to prevent this fire is through regular gutter cleaning. Regular gutter cleaning can be expensive and has to be done regularly. A professional will charge you hundreds of dollars for cleaning your gutters every three months, whereas, taking this responsibility in your hands can be time taking and possibly prove to be injurious for you, especially when you are already worried about a bushfire.

Considering the above, you are recommended to use gutter mesh to halt the entry of leaves and waste at ascendency.

Gutter Guard Mesh
Gutter Guard King Mesh is designed to fit over your gutters to keep debris, pests, leaves, and other waste items out. Gutter Guard King’ mesh for eaves and fascia is angled according to the roof edges to provide advanced protection. This allows leaves and debris to easily rest on the top of the mesh which is easily removed later.

As per the bushfire standards regarding construction, gutter guards such as gutter mesh should be manufactured from non-combustible materials. Thus, we recommend you to look for mesh with an aperture size no greater than 2mm, this being the recommended size that does not let embers in.

This is the reason why we at Gutter Guard King, propose our 2mm aluminum ember mesh as a gutter guard for homes in bushfire susceptible areas.

Think About Defending Your Home
There are several ways to protect your home from the menaces of bushfires. Australian standards (AS3959-2009) for building homes in areas susceptible to bushfire throw some light on some of these ways. This standard clearly explains rulings for ‘gutter guard’ and ’ember guard adaptable mesh’ in detail, which proves to be a necessary resource for people looking forward to building a new home.
Don’t forget to contact your local fire officials for more details and resources on this subject.

Workplace Productivity Boosts With Gutter Mesh Installation

Workplace Productivity Boosts With Gutter Mesh Installation

Workplace Productivity Boosts With Gutter Mesh Installation

Workplace Productivity Boosts With Gutter Mesh Installation
Every property manager knows how time-consuming and onerous gutter cleaning can be for the maintenance staff. It is a regular task that may be done quarterly, monthly, or even after every two weeks, depending on the design of your property, and the foliage and vegetation at the site’s location. There is always a threat of costly flood damage from blocked gutters and downpipes; so surely, not cleaning your gutter is never a good choice.

A suitable mesh used as a gutter guard can control the risk of blocking gutters and pipes, thus, uplifting your workspace productiveness by limiting the time spent by the staff cleaning the gutter.

Gutter Mesh Helps But How?
The gutter mesh allows only water in the gutters while blocking the leaves and debris from entering by forming a physical barrier over the gutter. On sloping roof edges, the gutter mesh is placed at an optimal angle with the roof, which results in the formation of a ski-slope effect through which leaves are scrubbed off easily.

As leaves and debris are kept out of your gutters, the chances of blocking and flooding diminish, as well as the need for regular gutter cleaning. Thus, installing gutter mesh will help to improve your work productivity, especially in such a case where your maintenance staff spends hours every week cleaning gutters.

Let’s Do The Math
What is the total time gutter mesh can save for your maintenance staff?
To answer this question we need to go through a description of every property. However, the formula for calculating the annual time for gutter cleaning will not change.

First of all, count the number of buildings on which your staff will be working and multiply it by the average time it takes to clean its gutters (this will also include the time spent for setting and packing). Then, multiply this number obtained with the number of staff members required for cleaning the gutter, and finally, multiply this calculated number with cleaning frequency. Now you have obtained your annual gutter cleaning time.

For example, if there are 15 buildings on a university campus and each building requires three staff members to clean its gutters in 2.5 hours, whereas the cleaning frequency is once every two weeks, the annual gutter time calculated in such a situation is 2,925 hours.

Imagine how many other chores your staff could do if they were not busy cleaning those gutters regularly? (Or how quickly the savings would increase if you are no longer hiring contractors for the same task?)

Getting The Right Mesh
Certainly, to avail maximum yield from your mesh, you must select the gutter mesh which suits perfectly to your building/s and location. In some types of mesh, the leaves and debris may slide off easily, but in some, they may get stuck. At Gutter Guard King, we pride ourselves on and supply a premium quality mesh compatible with Australian standards to, further protect and prevent your home or workplace from any inconsistencies due to maintenance.

Keep Your Gutters Pest-Free with Gutter Mesh

Keep Your Gutters Pest-Free with Gutter Mesh

Keep Your Gutters Pest-Free with Gutter Mesh

Keep Your Gutters Pest-Free with Gutter Mesh
One of the many great things about effective rain harvesting is that it results in giving you an abundance of clean rainwater. This can be used around your property and home. However, it may pose problems if you happen to have pests, either large or small, in the gutters. These pests do two things to compromise your water supply; they can either reduce the volume of the collected rainwater or deteriorate its quality.

The mentioned issues require certain measures to be taken in order to keep the gutters free of pests. It is vital to take such actions when designing a harvesting system for rain.

Pest Related Issues
Pests can pose numerous problems when it comes to a rainwater harvesting system.
Your gutters can become clogged if pests create nests or die while they are on your roof. This in turn results in the reduction of water in your tanks. The decreased amount will discourage you from conveniently using the collected rainwater as per your wants, which will increase the adverse effects of drought and low rainfall for you.

Apart from that, pests can also end up contaminating your supply of rainwater with many unpleasant things, including but not limited to, urine, feces, and their remains. These things may render the water totally unfit for intentional use and result in the wastage and shortage of water. If not that, it would surely affect the color, opacity, and scent of the water supply.

Gutters that are clogged and performing poorly have a high chance of becoming breeding grounds for pests, especially mosquitos. These unwelcomed inhabitants can have a severe impact on the rain harvesting systems and your home’s health.

Avoiding Pest-Related Issues
In a rain harvesting system, the most efficient way to avoid pest-related issues is to keep your gutters pest-free. Your gutters not having pests would result in keeping your harvesting system clean of pests as well.

Installing over-the-gutter aluminum gutter mesh is one of the known ways of keeping your gutters and rainwater harvesting system pest-free. Using this leads to the creation of a physical blockade over the gutter which prevents pests, debris, and leaves from entering and allowing only rainwater to pass through. All Gutter Guard King mesh’ is sturdy enough to stop pests from entering your gutters.

By keeping your gutters pest-free, a gutter mesh will help conserve and boost your rainwater’s quantity and quality so you can relish a clean, colorless, unscented, and abundant supply.

Compliance Of Gutter Guard In Bush-Prone Areas

Compliance Of Gutter Guard In Bush-Prone Areas

Compliance Of Gutter Guard In Bush-Prone Areas

Compliance Of Gutter Guard In Bush-Prone Areas
For all those who are planning to construct a new home in an area susceptible to bushfire, you need to ensure that it complies with AS3959–2009.

AS3959–2009 is an Australian Standard that was set to enhance houses’ ability to endure a bushfire incident. It outlines distinct specifications for a house’s construction, depending on the level of intensity of the bushfire attack in your area.

This standard also determines the type of construction material that needs to be used for building various structures around the house – one of them being the gutter guards.

Defining Gutter Guard
A gutter guard ensures that all the leaves and wastes stay out of your gutters and downpipes to prevent blockage. Gutter mesh, especially Gutter Guard King’ Gutter Mesh, is a well-known type of gutter guard, with over 25 years in the industry. Gutter Guard King’ mesh makes sure that everything except rainwater does not go into the gutter.

As leaves catch fire easily, acting as a source of fuel to the bushfire, they increase the possibility of the house burning. This threat has forced many house owners to install gutter guards, particularly gutter mesh. But, before buying one, always check whether it fulfills the AS3959–2009 criteria.
Understanding the AS3959–2009 Standard

The AS3959–2009 construction standard does not call for the installation of gutter guards in bushfire susceptible areas with a BAL of 12.5, 19, 29, 40, or FZ. However, it instructs that whenever a gutter guard is installed, it should be made from a non-combustible material such as aluminum.

Other Considerations
At Gutter Guard King, all our gutter guard products are suitable for preventing bushfires, we still encourage you to take some other key factors relevant to your area or house into close consideration while buying a gutter guard.

We suggest that you select a gutter guard that has an aperture size small enough to restrict the entry of leaves but one that still allows rainwater to enter. Also, keep the size of embers in your mind when selecting a gutter mesh, it is better to opt for an ember guard complaint mesh with the right aperture size. Our 2mm ember mesh can prove to be a good choice.

Gutter Guard King “Mesh Calculator”
Always feel comfortable using the Gutter Guard King “Mesh Calculator” before making any decision. This quick and easy-to-use app asks you a few simple questions and analyzes the answers to provide you with mesh options that fulfill your requirements.

Different Leaf Sizes For Trees In Australia

Different Leaf Sizes For Trees In Australia

Different Leaf Sizes For Trees In Australia

Different Leaf Sizes For Trees In Australia
The integral part of the whole fireproofing process is applying a gutter mesh with the aperture hole that matches the size of the leaves and other vegetation in the surroundings. Any incompatibility would result in severe flaws in the protection mechanism with the leaves landing in the gutter space, thus providing a source for any potential fire.

As leaves come in all sizes, the gutter mesh has to follow a pattern with a variety in sizes to match the different vegetation shapes. A crucial aspect would be having significant knowledge of the plantation in Australia, which would assist with fireproofing with a gutter mesh.

Needle-Like Leaves
Needle-like leaves have variable lengths but it is their sharp widths that pose the real threat by evading the gutter mesh defences. Normally, an aperture hole of width 2mm and 3.5mm would pass the test with most of the needle leaves. 

Common needle-like vegetation found in Australia is:

Pinus/Conifers, popular with the name of Pine tree is an evergreen tree species found in the country. It has a height of 3m, but the problem it poses with the gutter mesh is with its leaves, seeds, and flowers.

Bottlebrush, commonly referred to as Callistemon in the botanical community, is a 4-7m high evergreen tree. Its leaves, flowers, and seeds can seriously test your gutter mesh defenses.

Acacia, commonly known as Wattle, is an evergreen tree species. This 4-5m high plantation can produce problems with its leaves, flowers, and seeds.

Sheoak is an evergreen tree standing at a generous height of 8-18m. Its botanical name of Allocasuarina/Casuarina is not the only problem as it causes fireproofing issues with its leaflets, flowers, and seeds.

Melaleuca quinquenervia is an evergreen tree standing at a prominent height of 5-12m. Commonly known as Paperbark, its leaflets, seeds, and flowers are a common threat to the gutter mesh systems.

Heath banksia or Banksia ericifolia is a 5m high evergreen species. Its leaves and flowers stamen can produce problems for the gutter mesh systems.

Small Tree Leaves
A 2mm aperture gutter mesh is ideal for the small tree leaves that can grow to 50mm in length and 2mm to 20mm in width. Such a width can provide protection against these small leaves from entering the gutter and thus providing a fireproof element.

Poinciana or Poinciana delonix regia is a deciduous tree species with a 12m tree height. Its flowers, stamens, and leaflets are the main problems to the gutter mesh.

Koelreuteria paniculata or the golden rain tree is a deciduous tree species. It has a tree height of 7m and poses problems to the fireproof mesh system with its flowers and leaves.

Black peppermint/Peppermint willow is a common evergreen tree species found in Australia. Going with the botanical name of Eucalyptus nicholii, this 15m high tree is a problem to the gutter meshes with its leaves and flower stamens.

Ficus obliqua or small leafed figs is an evergreen, 10-30 m high tree. Its leaves and berries can provide a flammable component for gutter mesh systems.

Hairpin banksia or Banksia spinulosa is an evergreen tree common to the Australian terrain. It can grow at least 3m and pose problems to the gutter mesh with its leaves and flower stamens.

Leptospermum, commonly known as Teatree is an evergreen tree. Standing at a minimum height of 3m, it can cause problems with its leaves and flower stamens.

Jacaranda or Jacaranda mimosifolia is a deciduous tree species with a 15m+ tree height. Its flowers, seeds, and leaves are the main problems with the gutter mesh.

Tipuana tipu or Rosewood is another deciduous tree species. It has a generous tree height of 30m and can pose problems to the fireproof mesh systems with its flowers and leaves.

Orange jessamine is an evergreen tree species found in Australia. Going with the botanical name of Murraya paniculata, this 3m+ high vegetation is a problem to the gutter meshes with its leaves and flower.

Cassia fistula or Golden shower tree is an evergreen, 5m+ high tree. Its leaves and flowers can provide flammable components to the gutter mesh systems.

Paperbark or Melaleuca leucadendron is an evergreen tree common to the Australian landscape. It can grow at least 10m and can pose problems to the gutter mesh with its leaves and flowers.

Ficus Benjamina, commonly known as Benjamin fig is an evergreen tree. Standing at a minimum height of 20m, it can cause problems with its leaves and seeds.

Medium Sized Leaves
Medium-sized leaves can grow from 20mm to 50 mm in width and from 50mm to 120mm in length. A gutter mesh with an aperture size of 2mm to 4mm can do the trick for medium-sized leaves.

Some common Australian vegetation with medium-sized leaves is as follows:

Harpullia pendula, popular by the name of tulipwood is an evergreen tree species found in the country. It has a height of 8m, but the problem it poses with the gutter mesh is with its leaves, seeds, and flowers.

Weeping fig, commonly referred to as Ficus hillii in the botany, is a 15m+ high evergreen tree. Its leaves, flowers, and seeds can seriously test your gutter mesh protection mechanism.

Eucalyptus tereticornis, commonly known as Queensland blue gum, is an evergreen tree species. This 25m+ high plantation can produce problems with its leaves, flowers, and seeds.

Lemon-scented Myrtle is an evergreen tree standing at a generous height of 6m. It causes fireproofing issues with its leaflets, flowers, and seeds.

Grevillea baileyana is an evergreen tree standing at a prominent height of 10m. Commonly known as white oak, its leaves, seeds, and flowers are a common threat to the gutter mesh systems.

Coast banksia or Banksia integrifolia is a 25m+ high evergreen species. Its leaves, seeds, and flowers can produce problems for the gutter mesh systems.

Trumpet tree or Tabebuia is an evergreen tree common to the Australian topography. It can grow 6m-8m and can pose problems to the gutter mesh with its leaves and flowers.

Grevillea robusta, commonly known as Silky oak is an evergreen tree. Standing at a height of 14m, it can cause problems with its leaves, flowers, and seeds.

Larger Leaves
Large leaves have a greater width of 70mm to 150mm and a larger length of at least 450mm. This can be countered with a 2mm, 4mm or even a 5.4mm gutter mesh aperture. 

The information regarding plantation with these leaves is as under:

Maple or Acer palmatum is an evergreen tree species with a 6m+ tree height. Its leaflets are the main source of problems to the gutter mesh.

Archontophoenix alexandrae or Alexander’s palm is an evergreen tree species. It has a tree height of 15m+ and poses problems to the fireproof mesh systems with its flowers, seed, and leaves.

Brush box is a common evergreen tree species found in Australia. Going with the botanical name of Lophostemon confertus, this 10m-20m high vegetation is a problem to the gutter meshes with its leaves, seeds, and flowers.

Viburnum odoratissimum or Sweet viburnum is an evergreen, 4m+ high tree. Its flowers and leaves can provide a flammable component for the gutter mesh systems.

Port Jackson fig or Ficus rubiginosa is an evergreen tree common to the Australian terrain. It can grow up to 30m and can pose problems to the gutter mesh with its leaves and berries.

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, commonly known as Bangalow palm is an evergreen tree. Standing at a minimum height of 20m+, it can cause problems with its leaves, seeds, and flowers.

Magnolia little gem or Magnolia grandiflora is an evergreen tree species with a 4m+ tree height. Its leaves are the main problems to a gutter mesh.

Gutter Mesh In Defense Against Insect-Related Health Issues

Gutter Mesh In Defense Against Insect-Related Health Issues

Gutter Mesh In Defense Against Insect-Related Health Issues

Gutter Mesh In Defense Against Insect-Related Health Issues
Living in Australia’s wild profile can often make your house vulnerable to the health hazards created by unpleasant animal presence in warm spots. The roofs and gutter spaces conveniently fit the definition of warm places, which can lead to serious health concerns.

It is not only the health hazards associated with these animals but also the increased maintenance costs that can arise in relation to their presence within the gutters and the roofs, that can cause serious disharmony within any home or commercial building.

Pollution And Health Risks
Animal waste can become a significant problem in sustaining a clean and healthy environment. The absence of proper waste management in such a case can lead to sickness and various allergies, posing a severe health risk. Moreover, animals and especially decomposing dead bodies can be a major transporter of serious diseases in the vicinity. They are a serious culprit in the clogged sewage system, which can have both maintenance and wellness challenges.

Parasite Carriers
Parasites are an annoying presence as they are not only a detriment to health but are also challenging to deal with due to their minuscule size.

The invading animals can pose as a host for parasitic insects like mites, fleas, etc., which can then proceed to the humans or pets living in the property. This whole switching of hosts can prompt unwelcome health conditions like irritation and various allergic tendencies.

Menace Of Snakes
Snakes can often find suitable warm spots around the house for breeding and shelter. This situation may have a surprising advantage as they get rid of the other troublesome animals. However, truth be told the sight of reptiles resting around your loved ones is not a pleasant feeling.

Snakes are notorious for their deadly bites. Your family and pets being exposed to such a danger is certainly something that needs to be dealt with the utmost consideration.

Health Hazards from Mosquitos
Mosquitos may be a minor form of pests; however, their capability to seriously jeopardize the overall well-being of anyone subject to the diseases they spread is well-known. Australia, like much of the world, has been subjected to the horrors of mosquito-associated illnesses like Dengue Fever, Malaria, Murray River encephalitis, etc.

The gathering of water in clogged gutters or roofs can provide an excellent breeding ground for mosquitos to mature and spread havoc in the neighborhood.

Cure Or Prevention?
Even in the world of medicine, prevention is always regarded as more integral to health. When it comes to your home or commercial buildings, prevention should always be considered before anything else. Using the Gutter Guard King’ mesh can certainly take care of this aspect.

Why The Gutter Mesh Is Obvious?
The key is to provide effective protection against health-threatening pests without adding to the overall maintenance of the property. Gutter mesh achieves this objective with precision. It provides a blockade against unnecessary hazardous elements like fire-friendly leaves, twigs, etc., and disease-carrying insects.

Gutters are physically protected against the entry of unfavorable components. Also, the roofs are empowered by the mesh systems to dispose of the leaves and provide no friendly territory to the dangerous pests. The ski-slope effect achieved between the roof and the gutter plays a crucial role in achieving the feat.

Selecting The Gutter Mesh
Choosing the gutter mesh which fits your needs is as essential as installing one in the first place. A mesh system that is formidable enough to fend off the advances of the pests, both the strong and the minuscule ones, is a must.

Gutter Guard King makes the whole process convenient for you with a variety of mesh and mesh colours. Gutter Guard King, manufacture, supply and install their products to provide a gutter mesh that optimizes the defenses of your property against the plague of pests and other potential threats.