Charlie Albone from Selling Houses Australia shows you how to have effective guttering.
Guttering isn't often hot on the design agenda, yet it’s a vital installation that protects our homes.
It serves a practical purpose but also provides a visually link between the fascia and roof of your home.
Badly maintained or incorrectly installed gutters can cause no end of damage to your house – so don’t leave it until the next downpour to think about them.
Here are my top tips!
- The back of your gutter needs to be lower than the front and the fall – or gradient of your gutter is crucial. The rule of thumb is 1 millimetre for every metre of guttering.
- If the angle isn’t great enough the rain won’t flow away into the downpipes effectively. This can lead to water damage like rotting fascia boards and stained eves.
- In a worse-case scenario, the water could even flow back and flood into the roof and wall cavities causing damp issues - not pretty and potentially expensive to fix.
- If dirt and leaves block the gutters this will make the problem even worse.
- Debris in your gutters is also a fire hazard, so make sure you give them a regular clean out. It’s a good habit to get into even if you don’t live in a fire danger area.
- Metal gutters are also liable to rust, as water and leaf acid can weaken the metal. So give them the once over now and again to make sure there are no holes.
It may be that you have to replace some sections if the damage is really bad.
- Gutters can also enhance the overall look of your property. By making them an accent colour, it can really smarten up you homes street appeal.
Giving your gutters the once over a couple of times a year may seem like a chore, but a little bit of love now could save you lot of heart ache in the future.