How to choose fire-resistant gutter guards

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Choosing and installing the right fire resistant gutter guards can help save your home in a bushfire. We’ll take you through which gutter guards are best, how easy it is to install them and simple maintenance to keep your roof leaf free.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Choose the right gutter guard profile
2 Choose the right gutter guard material
3 Before installing the gutter guards
4 Installing the gutter guards
5 Maintain your gutter guards
  • Step 1. Choose the right gutter guard profile

    You need to choose the right kind of profile for your gutter guard, depending on the type of roof you have. There are three main gutter guards available for corrugated roofs, tiled roofs and guards that fit into your gutter. Make sure you measure the length of your gutters before you buy the guards so you purchase the correct amount.

  • Step 2. Choose the right gutter guard material

    Gutter guards generally come in two types of material – metal or plastic. If you live in a bushfire prone area, use metal gutter guards. They provide better protection from embers that can start a fire in your gutters. Metal guards come in galvanised zinc or powder coated options. Check the gutter guards you choose are fire rated and comply with Australian Standards.

  • Step 3. Before installing the gutter guards

    To check the condition of your gutters, use a secure ladder or scaffolding to access your roof. Repair or replace any gutters with holes in them. Clean all of the leaf litter and debris from the gutter and downpipes. 
  • Step 4. Installing the gutter guards

    Installing gutter guards is a quick and easy D.I.Y. project. You will need a cordless drill and self-tapping screws. Follow the instructions on your gutter guard packaging.

  • Step 5. Maintain your gutter guards

    If you already have gutter guards installed, use a brush at the start of every summer to remove all of the leaves and debris that may be blocking them. Use the garden hose to flush out the gutters to make sure they’re not blocked.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Brush
  • Cordless drill
  • Ladder or scaffolding
  • Protective gloves
  • Tape measure
  • Tin snips

Materials

  • Fire resistant gutter guards
  • Self-tapping screws
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