Is Gutter Guard Installation a Complex Process?

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Is Gutter Guard Installation a Complex Process?

Installing a gutter guard is not as complex as it might seem. It does require you to be careful and thorough, however. You should also ensure that you have all the necessary tools and materials before you begin work.

Contacting professionals to install your gutter guards is the best option as they will be able to do the job more quickly and efficiently. In addition, they’ll have the right tools and knowledge to ensure that your gutter guards stay in place.

If you decide to install your own gutter guards, here are some things you need to know.

What Are Gutter Guards For?

The purpose of gutter guards is to keep leaves, debris, and other materials from getting into your gutters. If these items build up in the gutters, they can cause blockages that prevent water from flowing freely.

Gutter guards can also prevent the growth of mould and mildew. They keep rainwater from pooling in the gutters, which can otherwise promote the growth of bacteria and microorganisms. Additionally, gutter guards will help keep out debris that may damage your roofing.

Benefits of Gutter Guards

You can use gutter guards for protection, water damage reduction, mould and mildew growth prevention, and debris protection. The guards will also help you save money on roof repairs and gutter cleaning by preventing clogs that can eventually lead to a leak in your home.


Gutter guards are budget-friendly as they can help you save money on gutter cleaning and repair. However, if your gutters become clogged with debris and organic matter, it could eventually lead to a leak in your home. Damages can be costly, especially if you have to hire a professional to come and fix them for you.

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Your gutters can collect leaves, dust, and dirt from your roof that may end up in your drinking water if not cleaned regularly. 

Installing a gutter guard can prevent this from happening because it will stop debris from clogging your downspouts and getting into the stormwater drainage system.

Installing Gutter Guards

Installing gutter guards is an easy way to protect your home and garden from soil erosion, water runoff, and excess debris.

Gutter guards help keep yard debris out of gutters and prevent clogs. They also reduce the amount of water that flows over the top of your roof, which can cause damage in high winds or heavy rainstorms.

Traditional gutter guards can be attached to your gutters using screws or zip ties and covered with a decorative cap that blends with your siding color. You may want to consider hiring a professional installation company if you’ve never installed gutter guards before or if they’re more complicated than what you’ve used in the past.

Getting them installed by professionals can also be a safer option since there are many accidents that can happen at heights. Professionals like Gutter-Vac can install your gutter guards for you while following industry-accepted safety guidelines like ladder safety, working at heights, and how to contain a work area to drastically reduce the chances of an accident. They also recommend Gutter-Flow gutter guards which can save you money and further reduce the risk of damage to your property.

Gutter-Vac: Have Your Gutter Guards Installed Today!

Gutter guard installation is not as complex as it seems, especially if you hire professionals like Gutter-Vac to do it for you. 

While gutter guards are easy to install, they do take certain tools, equipment, and know-how. As gutter experts with over 20 years of experience, we can visit your home and perform a professional-quality installation. In addition, you can count on us for maintenance services that will keep your gutter guards in good working order year-round. Call us at 1300 654 253, request a quote, or visit our website for more information.

The Pros and Cons of a Permanent Gutter Guard

Gutter guards are a useful maintenance tool. They come in many forms, from a simple mesh over the gutter, to long brush-like concoctions with bristles attached. Permanent gutter guards are also available now and quickly gaining popularity. Made from lightweight metal, these are permanently affixed to the top of your gutters. 

Permanent gutter guards do come with some advantages but have considerable drawbacks too. Here’s a list of both to help you decide if a permanent gutter guard is the right solution for your gutters. 

Gutter Guard Pros:

Reduction of Foliage, Litter, and Debris

Permanent or temporary, gutter guards prevent leaves, twigs, and other debris from clogging your gutters. They keep your gutters clean which in turn reduces some of the maintenance work required when compared with open gutters.

Allowing Water to Flow Smoothly

With the debris and pests out of your gutters, the water collected inside is free to flow through the gutters and into your downpipes. It keeps your walls, doors, and ceiling protected against water damage.

Gutter Guard Cons:

Difficult to Clean

Despite getting a gutter guard affixed, your gutters do require regular cleaning. Even the best gutter guard cannot filter out the dirt and sludge in water, which can eventually lead to blockages and mould growth. 

One obvious drawback of permanent gutters is that they’re permanently affixed. This means you cannot remove them when you wish to clean your gutters.

Perfect Hiding Spot for Pests

Since the guards are permanently affixed, they also become a suitable hiding spot for rats, snakes, and other vermin

While the pests living in your gutters are a big problem, a bigger issue is these pests getting stuck or perishing inside your gutters. In such instances, you will have to bring in a professional to remove the gutter guards.


Removing gutter guards is fine if you have detachable gutter guards which can easily be reinstalled. Removal of permanent gutter guards renders them useless.

Considering how frequently gutters must be deep cleaned, this can quickly become a very expensive ordeal for the homeowner.

Weighing both the pros and cons, we suggest every homeowner choose a temporary gutter guard over a permanent one.

The Gutter-Vac Solution

An alternative that solves all your problems while still doing the work is our purpose-designed gutter guard, Gutter-Flow. This is a cost-effective gutter guard that blocks vermin and debris from entering your gutters and is also easy to remove.

Gutter-Vac also offers a range of gutter cleaning services for all kinds of properties. Our advanced gutter cleaning services are safe, guaranteed, and convenient. And our professionals are experienced. Request a quote today for your gutter guard installation project or check out some of our other services offered.

Rusty Gutters in Kingston

These gutters have been installed with a fixed metal gutter guard. There are gum trees all around.

The guard would have been installed to prevent the gutters from blocking with gum leaves and the long stringy bark that the trees shred.

When installing this type of gutter guard where gum trees and other deciduous trees lose a lot of litter, it is a good idea to have a gutter cleaning maintenance program. The litter does not fall into the gutters any more due to the gutter guard. It sits on top.

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Over time the debris breaks down and falls through the holes in the guard. This is a nutrient rich composition for grass and moss to grow. Birds and wind drop seeds into the gutter and it grows in this perfect environment.

If you go to the trouble and expense of installing this fixed metal gutter guard, you need to put in place a gutter cleaning program. Removing the debris from on top of the guard and maybe completing a spot clean to under the guard every six or twelve months will keep the build up to a minimum.

Having the two go hand in hand and will keep the debris off the roof and slow the break down of matter into the gutter. This will prolong the life of these gutters.

However, if you only install the gutter guard and expect to never have to clean the gutters again, you would be wrong.

Here is a prime example of leaving the corrosive debris to sit in the gutters.

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The shed had no guard on it and was left too long in between gutter cleans. An annual clean to the shed gutters will slow any corrosion and keep these gutters in good condition for a lot longer.

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Gutter-Vac Tasmania can help you create a maintenance program that is specific to your situation. Whether you have gutter guard installed or not, you should probably be completing regular gutter cleans to your gutters so they do not deteriorate as quickly and you get longer use out of them.

Maintaining Your Property

Improper maintenance will result in build up of debris and materials in your guttering system, this is massively unsafe and causes dramatic damage to your property. Here at Gutter Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches we also offer a roofing guard system which will decrease the maintenance and risk to your property on an ongoing basis. We offer a 20% discount when the roof guard system is ordered with our gutter cleaning service .

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We have an inexpensive approach to cleaning, removing and maintaining your gutter and house health. Most other companies you will find they will blow the debris from your roof all over your garden and property. We use a proprietary vacuum system and remove all materials from your roof and property and dispose of it.

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee – to ensure you are happy we provide you with a detailed report of the before & after photos. Not only that we will also a breakdown of any potential issues we have identified while on the roof.

Call Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches for a free inspection and quote on 1300 654 253

What’s the truth about Gutter Guards?

In this video, Warren Ballantyne (Founder of Gutter-Vac) explains the difference between gutter guards and why a removable gutter guard works best.  If you have been thinking about getting gutter guards, then take a moment to watch this video for valuable information to help you with your decision.

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The features of Gutter-Flow include:

  • V0 Fire Retardant
  • Prevents build-up of leafy matter in gutters
  • Simple installation
  • Ability to remove for cleaning
  • Will reduce risk to your property
  • Allows water flow
  • Deters vermin
  • Will save you money
  • Cost effective installation

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Do gutter guard systems work?

Few people like cleaning out their gutters so the idea of installing a gutter guard system sounds like an attractive option. But there are 4 things you need to consider first.

  1. Even with a gutter protection system, your gutters will still require cleaning!

All gutters need regular cleaning – even after a gutter guard system is installed. In fact, many gutter protection systems make it harder to clean your gutters so be careful about the product you choose.

  • The cost of installation. 

A fixed gutter guard system is usually the most expensive option to install. You could consider using a soft plastic gutter guard product. They are inexpensive but they are a waste of time and money.

However, there is a gutter protection product on the market called Gutter Flow. It works very well and is a moderately priced alternative to a fixed gutter guard system. Get in touch with us, if you’d like more information.

  • The cost of cleaning your gutters after installation of a gutter guard product. 

Before committing to any gutter protection system, do your research to discover how much it will cost to clean your gutters in the future. Usually fixed gutter guard products cost around 4 times more than gutter cleaning with no protection, while push in plastic guards can cost 2½ times more to clean.

With a gutter protection system called Gutter Flow, the cost to clean your gutters is about the same as cleaning them without protection. The benefit is, you don’t need to clean your gutters as often with Gutter Flow installed.

  • All gutter protection systems must comply with Council Regulations. 

Are you required to install ember guards in your area? Ember guards need to be non-combustible with a hole gauge of less than 2mm. None of this will matter if you still have debris sitting on top of the ember guard. Again, that’s why regular gutter cleaning is so important.

Please remember, whatever gutter protection system you use, you will need to clean your gutters on a regular basis because mud, sludge and moss will always build up over time.

If you would like to end the chore of cleaning your gutters, call Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches on 1300 654 253. We’d be happy to give you a free quote.