High fronted gutters are a popular addition to homes and when installed and maintained correctly provide an effective method of channeling rain water from the roof to downpipes for discharge into storage tanks or storm water drains, rather than simply falling on the ground and ponding against the foundations of buildings.
Because of issues with poorly designed or fitted roof gutters allowing collected rainwater to enter inside buildings, the Building Code of Australia was amended in 2009 to ensure that high fronted gutters are designed and installed in a manner that prevents collected water from ponding and overflowing into residential properties, particularly during periods of exceptionally heavy rainfall.
Whereas slotted high fronted gutters were once considered adequate, as of May 1, 2009 a wider range of overflow measures have been required to ensure rain water does not enter and damage residential homes.
These measures include: slotted gutter fronts; gutter stop ends set at a lower height than the gutter; a gap between the building fascia and the back of the gutter; installing gutters at a lower level than the building facia.
While the new Building Code of Australia (Volume 2 Part 220.127.116.11 (d)) addresses the potentially damaging result of overflowing gutters on new structures, many homes built prior to the new regulations are not equipped with such safeguards.
Because of their position on a home roof gutters are often overlooked by even the most diligent home maintenance person, often becoming clogged with dirt and leaves which gradually composts and turns into furtive growing areas for fungus and moss which over time can block downpipes and corners, or change the internal profile of the gutter so that water is directed back towards the structure.
One permanent solution to obstructions forming in house roof gutters resulting in overflow is the fitting of sturdy gutter protection guards that stop items such as leaves, fruit or seed pods from overhanging trees, or grass from being deposited in drains, while only marginally reducing the flow of water from roves in the gutters.
Total Guard supplies a wide range of gutter protection products for residential properties, each designed to provide optimal protection and performance without distracting from the visual appeal of your property.
Available as do-it-yourself (DIY) products able to be installed by active home handy people, the range of Total Guard residential home guttering protection products is available in a range of colours and patterns to suit every home.
For those who feel challenged by working on their roof Total Guard can also arrange for its range of residential home gutter protection products to be professional installed by qualified tradespeople at reasonable prices
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