Gutters and fascia play an important role in your roofing system. They protect the interior of your home from moisture by preventing its entry.
If your gutter is unable to properly drain water, the foundation and roofing can suffer damage. Common issues due to failing gutters include leaks, rotting, mouldy ceilings, and damaged walls.
For new or replacement fascia and gutter installations, you’ll find it hard to beat the range of long-life fascia and gutter profiles that Metal Roof Professionals Group (MRP) offers. We conduct assessments, safe removal (if necessary), replacement, accurate measurement, and careful installation of gutters and fascia set to Australian Standards and specified by the Building Code of Australia.
Factors to Consider
Depending on your location and the amount of maintenance performed on your gutter, it typically lasts between 15-20 years. It will naturally deteriorate over the years and as such should be considered an inevitable expense. Normally, you will also need to replace the fascia around the same time you replace your gutter.
There are several considerations in guttering work that you will need to factor in.
Types of Guttering
There are many options for you, fascia gutters being the most common. Boxed gutters have recently become a popular style due to their subdued look. They are attached near the roof’s edge. A square gutter, a half-round style, and a quad guttering are all ideal for areas with heavy rainfall. Although not as common, hidden gutters are prone to allowing water to pool.
The gutter material you choose has the most influence in terms of cost. Common types include vinyl, aluminium, stainless steel, and copper. Typically more expensive than the popular aluminium, steel gutters (such as COLORBOND® steel), provide the added benefits of increased durability and longevity. They are also able to withstand more extreme weather conditions.
The longer the guttering is, the more expensive the gutter installation will be. A new gutter installation price might also include the cost of other materials such as fasteners to attach the gutters, splash blocks, drains, and the like. If there is a need for scaffolding or other specialised equipment, you may have to pay extra as well. Gutter replacement cost may inflate if the site is difficult to access.
A proactive step that can make your gutters last longer is by carrying out regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent debris accumulation. Installing gutter guards help minimise these activities. During the rainy or bush-fire season, it is important to make sure your gutter is free of combustible leaves.
When is it time to replace the gutters?
Signs that it’s time to replace your gutter system include:
- Leakage or flood problems
- Damaged fascia due to moisture
- Pooling water
- Gutter separating from the roof
- Broken fastener, nails or screw on the ground
- Cracking in the gutters
- Corrosion or erosion
- Peeling paint
- Growth of moulds
- Build-up of debris
On installation, gutters need to be correctly measured and fit in accordance with building code legislation. For this very reason, all gutter installation and replacement solutions should involve licensed roofing or roof plumbing specialists who are knowledgeable on the guttering standards.
The best way to save money on gutter and fascia installation is to ensure the job is done right the first time. Hiring qualified and insured personnel will minimize any potential expenses down the line due to subpar work.
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