If you really pay attention, you’ll notice that almost every building has a gutter system. It’s rare to find one that doesn’t, but there are people who opt out of it altogether – which may leave you wondering if you really need one on your home or building. Before you decide, we’ll tell you what gutter systems do, why they’re important, what components make up your gutter systems, and what kind of maintenance and cleaning they require.
If you don’t have a lot of experience with homeownership or roofing, you may not even know what gutter systems do. Water can be detrimental to a structure. If it’s allowed to build up on the roof or along the sides of a building, it can corrode a foundation and leak inside the home.
causing moisture and hazardous mold. The function of a gutter system is to carry this water away from the building and to a safe space that won’t cause any damage to a property or structure. When applied correctly and well cared for, gutters can save your home. If proper guttering isn’t carrying debris and water away from a home or building, damage can be severe.
Beyond what gutters do, it’s also important to note what they’re comprised of. Guttering components include:
Gutter- A gutter is a long tube-like tray that runs along the edges of a roof. Rain runs off the roof and collects here. Aluminium is the most-used material in Australia, but other materials are also available.
Endcap- Some guttering systems have an endcap. It’s the end of the gutter and stops water from continuously flowing.
Downpipe- The downpipe is located at one or more corners of a structure and carries the water that has collected in a gutter to a safe location away from the building.
In addition to learning the components of a gutter system, it’s almost even more important to know how to care for it. Regular maintenance is essential, and without cleaning a gutter system it will inevitably become clogged and quit doing its job. A clogged gutter can overflow and cause foundation damage, allow moisture to enter the outside walls of a home, and let mold develop.
You can clean your gutters yourself, but it is a dangerous and laborious task. But at we can collect any debris while evaluating the condition of your gutter system. If we notice any damages, we can repair them before they develop into a more expensive situation.
Give Guttering Perth a call today to schedule your routine cleaning and inspection of your guttering.