Everything you need to know about finding a gutter installer
A guttering professional can help install, clean, maintain and repair gutters and roofing on your property. So how do you choose a reputable guttering professional, and what type of guttering should you install? Read on to find out:
Guttering professionals, such as roof plumbers, can help with:
Installing gutters: If gutters are not correctly installed, water can enter your roof and cause severe damage. So for peace of mind, ensure you enlist the services of a reputable guttering professional. The professional will help choose the right materials for your property and ensure the gutter is sealed, fastened and properly connected. See install gutters for more info.
Repairing gutters: If your gutters no longer perform the way they should, water will not correctly drain away from your roof. This can result in leaking, rusting and even structural damage in your home. By fixing the guttering before it becomes an issue, you can save yourself a lot of money and headaches later on. See gutter repairs for more information.
Cleaning gutters: It is important to get your gutters periodically cleaned by a professional as gutter cleaning reduces the chances of fire damage occurring. It also prevents water buildup from occurring and extends the life of your gutter.
Installing downpipes: Downpipes are an integral part of a building's drainage system, so it's vital they are installed correctly. Downpipes are available in round, rectangular and square designs and come in a range of colours to suit your decor. For more information see install downpipes.
Installing gutter guards: Using a gutter guard is vital to reduce the chances of fire damage occurring and
prevent water build up from occurring and causing serious damage to ceilings and other roof structures. Guards can also stop birds, possums and vermin from entering your roof space. See gutter guards for more info.
Installing steel gutters: Steel gutters is a great choice when it comes to guttering, as they are durable, cost effective and are available in an array of colours to suit your home. Steel guttering is available as a continuous or long run gather, which means less wastage and fewer joins. For more information see install steel gutters.
Installing stormwater pits: A guttering professional can assist with connecting your home's guttering system to stormwater pits and drains. Always enlist the help of a professional to carry out this work and ensure they are correctly licensed and insured. See stormwater pits and drains for more.
Setting up rainwater tanks: A rainwater tank can give you extra water for irrigation, topping up the pool or using inside the home for the washing machine or toilet. A professional can ensure your rainwater tank is correctly set up and in good working order. For more info see rainwater tank set up.
Types of Gutters and Materials
Gutters can be made from several different materials including copper, zinc aluminium alloys, Zincalume, Colorbond steel and PVC. Which material is most suited to your roof is best determined by either a roof plumber or a roofing professional (see roofing), as some materials are incompatible with one another.
There are several different types of gutters. Some are briefly outlined below:
Half round gutters – as there are no square corners, half round gutters do not collect as much debris as other gutter types. They also empty quicker than many other gutters due to a larger water-carrying capacity. Half round gutters suit Spanish, Tuscan and modern homes.
Quad gutters – are adaptable and suit colonial and cottage-style homes while also being suitable for new home construction. It comes in two sizes – 115mm and 125mm.
Square fronted gutters – are designed to hide the ends of roof sheets and have slots in them to help the water overflow freely in heavy rain without entering the roof space.
Smoothline gutters – are similar to half round gutters but they have a flat back and are fixed using internal brackets.
All of your guttering should be installed by a fully trained and accredited roof plumber. Having the correct roof plumbing will ensure that water will flow off your roof correctly in even the heaviest of rainfall, or if you have opted for a water tank, that water catchment is maximised. The roof plumber will take the size, pitch and material of your roof into account when designing the appropriate water catchment or stormwater drainage system and also when selecting the guttering material as certain materials may be incompatible with your roof.
How Much Does Guttering Cost?
Guttering services are likely to charge you based on the length of product they install, so will quote on a per metre basis. They will be basing their pricing on an average hourly rate in the region of $60 per hour, though this will vary depending on location and experience. So expect a quote with a total that is comprised of labour and materials.
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