So, you’re installing a rainwater collection system, and you’re wondering whether to take that extra step and invest in gutter guards as well. Maybe you’re not sure exactly what’s involved, or whether the benefits of adding gutter guards will be worth the extra outlay.
We get it: setting up a rainwater collection system is a substantial capital investment, and every extra dollar spent hurts the hip pocket. Today we’re going to explain what a gutter guard is, how it works, and the pros and cons of going the extra mile when installing your tank and plumbing.
In layman’s terms, a gutter guard is a protective shield or cover that’s installed over your gutters to keep out leaves, twigs, grass and other debris. Think of it as a security guard for your gutters, ensuring that only rainwater gets to the party, while the unwanted guests (all that nasty organic matter) are left on the doorstep!
Gutter guards are designed to help prevent blockages in your rainwater collection system, reducing the amount of essential maintenance and making your life as a homeowner just that much easier.
Ok, so how does this nifty contraption actually work? Let’s take a look...
Gutter guards come in various shapes and styles, but their primary function is to create a barrier that prevents leaves and debris from entering your gutters.
Gutter guards aren’t just random pieces of metal or plastic; they’re engineered to fit snugly over or inside your gutters, leaving no room for debris or animals to sneak in. Your gutter guards need to be installed correctly so that they fit snugly with no gaps around the sides.
While your gutter guards keep debris out, they don’t disrupt the flow of rainwater. Rainwater can pass freely through the small openings or mesh-like design of the gutter guard and enter the rainwater collection system as it is meant to.
With your gutter guards on duty, gutter cleaning becomes a less frequent and less laborious task. While they don’t eliminate maintenance altogether, your gutter guards will drastically reduce the amount of debris that accumulates, meaning fewer trips up the ladder for you!
These are like the screen doors of the gutter world: they consist of a fine mesh that is fitted across the open top of the gutter, blocking debris while allowing water to flow through. Essentially, it's a long leaf sieve.
This system resembles a series of bristles or brushes lined up along the inside of your gutters. The bristles capture leaves, debris and other unwanted materials while allowing the rainwater to flow through.
Foam strips that are cut to size fit inside the gutters and act as a filter, allowing water to pass through into your rainwater collection system, but preventing debris and leaves from entering.
These guards act like a hood over the gutter. They’re designed to allow rainwater to follow a curved path over the top of the guard and into a slot, while leaves and other debris fall off the guard and directly onto the ground below.
Yes, every system has advantages and disadvantages, so now we’ll run through the fors and againsts of installing gutter guards on your home:
Yes, that’s the question! And there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer, either!
As Tasmania’s leading manufacturer of both poly and steel water tanks, we recommend the use of gutter guards, however, we understand that there are advantages and disadvantages that go along with this added extra.
Want more information about gutter guards? Or simply like to chat with one of our Water Tank Specialists about what’s best for your rainwater collection system? Call us today on 1800 752 784 or send us a message here and we’ll be in touch shortly.