The trend by Australian’s to integrate native vegetation around their homes is increasing the risk of some home owners facing the dangers of bushfire, with studies showing ember attack to pose the greatest threat to homes.
Ember attack is the term applied to billions of flaming particles of burning forest or grassland blown in front of the main fire front, with winds fuelled by hyper-hot air reportedly propelling glowing embers 15km or more.
Flaming embers from a bushfire are also the primary cause of spot-fires, contributing to the spread of a bushfire and often opening up new fire fronts for weary fire crews to tackle.
While the majority of homeowners in fire zone designated areas pay close attention to gutter cleanliness and compliance with building codes requiring gutter guard covering, the distance that embers can be carried make gutter fire protection from ember attack a prudent investment for those even living some considerable distance from native bushland or forested areas.
Total Guard supplies a range of fire protecting gutter protection products that fully comply with a Council approved fire rating of zero – zero being the best – fully complying with Australian Standard 1530.2-1993 (AS1530.2-1993).
While plastic gutter protection might be perfectly adequate for those living in inner suburban areas, homeowners in areas adjacent to bushfire prone areas should remember that the majority of Australian high fronted gutters are manufactured from metal and more durable to heat than plastic gutters used in some countries, making an investment in a metal fire protection gutter protection system well worth the small difference in price plastic a plastic gutter guard system.
For more details of our total guard range of residential guttering protection and commercial guttering protection systems call us on the number at the top of the page, or ask using our Contact Form.
In addition to the increased protection provided from the fitting of fire-rated gutter guard protection systems, some insurance companies may provide homeowners who fit a fire-rated gutter guard protection system with a reduction in their property insurance premiums.