Three simple steps to match the right gutter mesh for your home
Assess your needs
Understanding your needs will help you to select the best gutter mesh for you. To do this, consider factors such as leaf size, pests, bushfire risk, strength, and hail and snow activity.
Match your ideal mesh
Risks and needs vary from property to property and place to place, so we’ve developed an extensive range of gutter mesh products to provide a mesh solution that’s suitable for your home.
The perfect installation
Gutter Guard King Tas Gutter Guard installers are professional and experienced in the installation process of a tailored Gutter Protection System for your home and our product comes with a 15-year warranty as well as a 5-year workman ship guarantee.
Understanding your needs will help you to select the right gutter mesh for you. To do this, consider factors such as leaf size, pests, bushfire risk, strength, and hail and snow activity.
Leaves & leaf size Leaves that fall into your gutters come in many shapes and sizes. Vegetation that glides off a well-chosen mesh may pass through or get stuck in less suitable options, so it’s important to consider the size of the leaves in your area.
Bushfire & ember guarding Poorly-specified gutter mesh may put your property at risk from bushfire by letting leaves into your gutters or letting embers through the gaps between your guttering and roof.
Pests & vermin When animals get into your roof and gutters, they can pose all sorts of threats to your building. Sturdy gutter mesh will keep these pests and vermin out.
Hail & snow Accumulated hail or snow can damage your gutters and threaten the integrity of poorly-specified mesh. Hail can also puncture some meshes.
Strength & durability Gutter mesh strength varies from product to product, so it’s important to consider your strength needs and determine how important strength and durability are to you.
Rust & corrosion Avoid mixing “similar” metals, minimise time of wetness and ensure that you use fit-for-purpose, specially coated aluminum mesh to manage the risk of corrosion for your roof, gutters or mesh.
Leaves & leaf size
Not all mesh will keep out all plant matter. That’s because different species of trees produce different-sized leaves, flowers, berries and filaments. Similarly, gutter mesh comes in different apertures (hole sizes). To match the right mesh, we encourage you to classify the smallest sized leaves and vegetation in your gutters and around your home into one of the categories shown to the right: large leaves, medium leaves, small leaves or needles. Prevent flooding Clogged gutters and downpipes can cost you thousands in the event of heavy rain or storms, as water overflows into your eaves and ceiling cavities, onto your verandas and terraces or into your downstairs rooms. In fact, water entering homes from blocked gutters is a leading reason for insurance claims. Reduce cleaning costs and safety risks Gutter cleaning is a dirty and dangerous job. The cost of professional cleaning can quickly add up, while the risk of serious injury or even death from DIY gutter cleaning is uncomfortably high. By installing the right gutter mesh, you can significantly reduce these risks and expenses. Improve your rainwater quality If you have a rainwater tank, keeping plant matter out of your gutters is a big step towards the ultimate goal of having cleaner rainwater and lots of it. Without mesh, leaves can contaminate your rainwater supply or reduce the volume of water flowing into your tank. Steel and aluminum gutter mesh are both effective at keeping out plant matter as long as the appropriate aperture has been selected.
Bushfire & ember guarding
The vast majority of homes destroyed during bushfires are victims of ember attack, meaning they ignite and burn due to contact with windborne embers (burning debris) rather than direct flame contact. Your gutters are a prime source of such ember attacks. They make you vulnerable to ember attack in two significant ways.
1. Inside your gutters. Dry leaves in gutters are a source of fuel that can be ignited by bushfire embers. Unprotected gutters are the main reason for this problem; however, poorly specified gutter mesh can also leave you vulnerable to this threat by allowing leaves to enter your gutters.
2. Inside your building. Embers can get inside your building through small gaps between your roof, gutters and fascia.
They can then start a fire when they land on insulation or other fuel sources. Only a gutter mesh made from materials approved to the Australian standard AS3959-2009 such as corrosion-resistant steel, and with an aperture of 2mm or smaller, will keep embers out of your gutters.
Understanding bushfire compliance
AS3959–2009 Australian Standard AS3959-2009 Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas, mandates different construction requirements based on your property’s BAL (Bushfire Attack Level). Designed to improve the ability of new homes to withstand bushfire and ember attack, the standard affects your choice of construction materials for a number of features around your home, including gutter guards such as gutter mesh.
Ember guard compliance Ember guards stop burning embers getting into your home through gaps greater than 3mm. They can be made from a non-combustible mesh with an aperture (hole size) of 2mm or smaller. Mandatory for all new homes built in a bushfire-prone area with a BAL of 12.5 or higher, they’re used to “seal” any gaps greater than 3mm, such as gaps around your roof sheeting. For homes in areas with a BAL of 12.5, 19 or 29, ember guards can be manufactured from corrosion-resistant aluminum mesh.
Gutter guard compliance According to AS3959–2009, gutter guards are optional for anyone building a new home in an area with a BAL of 12.5, 19, 29, 40 or FZ. However, if you choose to use them, the standard states: “if installed, gutter guards shall be non-combustible”. All Gutter Guard King Tas aluminum mesh is non-combustible and complies to the Australian standards. Most gutter guards are NOT ember guards, but Gutter Guard King Tas 2mm Aluminum Mesh is both an ember guard and gutter guard. It is compliant with both requirements.
Pests & vermin
Animals in your gutters and roof cavity can cause extensive damage, health hazards and sleepless nights. They're also costly to remove. By fixing sturdy gutter mesh over your gutters, you can prevent these animals from making your home their home. Keep pests out of your roof Uncovered gutters provide an easy entry point into your roof cavity. Gutter mesh keeps possums, snakes, rats, mice, birds and other pests out of your roof cavity to prevent pest-related problems including:
Stop pests nesting in your gutters by stopping birds, possums and other pests from nesting in your gutters during the dry season, you’ll prevent blocked pipes and flooding. For homes with rainwater tanks, keeping pests out also helps to prevent contaminated rainwater.
Eliminate insect havens. Accumulated leaves in your gutters can lead to pooled water, which endangers your home and health by attracting insects, including mosquitoes. Keeping leaves out of your gutters with gutter mesh helps to prevent mosquitoes breeding in this stagnant gutter water and spreading mosquito-borne diseases. Both steel and aluminum gutter mesh provide an effective barrier to the entry of pests and vermin. It is worthwhile to consider the type of pest and select the gutter mesh with the appropriate strength needed.
Hail & snow
When it comes to choosing gutter mesh for your home or building, hail and snow probably aren’t the first thing you think about. However, it’s actually vital that you consider your hail and snow risks in order to choose an appropriate mesh for your location. During hailstorms, accumulated hail in gutters can cause rainwater to back up and flood your home. By keeping hail out of your gutters, gutter mesh provides protection from this flooding risk. Heavy hail falling at high speeds can puncture some gutter meshes, while the weight of accumulated hail or snow can cause some gutter meshes to tear. As torn or otherwise damaged gutter mesh can be as bad as having no gutter mesh at all, hail and snow are key environmental factors to consider. Hail and snow are somewhat unpredictable forces of nature, but if you live in an area that has experienced them, you should consider choosing a strong gutter mesh. That is why we recommend our steel gutter mesh range as it is best able to withstand puncturing and the weight of accumulated hail and snow.
Strength & durability
The roof is a torrid place, prone to many challenging weather conditions and events. Damaged gutter mesh is as bad as having no gutter mesh at all, so it’s important to consider your strength requirements in order to choose an appropriate mesh for your location. We conducted a number of independent, laboratory-based tests on our gutter mesh to measure their strength in different ways.
Puncture resistance. Punctures from hailstones or falling debris can render your gutter mesh unfit for purpose. We tested the puncture resistance of our gutter mesh range.
Load-bearing capacity and tear resistance. Your gutter mesh may sometimes need to bear loads such as accumulated hail, snow, tree debris and heavy animals. In a gutter mesh installation, the connections to the gutter represent the points of greatest vulnerability. We tested our gutter mesh installed with different gutter componentry and steadily increased the weight on the mesh until it broke or tore from its fastenings. If hail, snow, heavy animals or overhanging trees are a problem in your area – or you just want the strongest mesh there is – then the superior strength of 2mm gutter mesh may be the deciding factor for you.
Rust & corrosion
“Rust” is the well-known name for a common form of corrosion. It is the result of the deterioration of materials (especially metals) due to a chemical interaction with their environment. A significant proportion of roof and gutter materials consist of metal, so corrosion is an important consideration when selecting your gutter mesh. You can drastically reduce the risk of corrosion by:
Avoid mixing metals when two different or “dissimilar” metals are interconnected or joined, rust in the form of galvanic corrosion will occur. Galvanic corrosion can have serious consequences as it can accelerate the process of corrosion for one of the metals involved. The best way to prevent rust via galvanic corrosion is to avoid mixing metals and always use similar metals together. Think zinc-coated aluminum gutter mesh and zinc-coated steel screws with your steel roof and you’ve got the right idea.
Minimise wetness. The proportion of total time that surfaces are wet is known as “time of wetness” (TOW). Atmospheric corrosion occurs when metal surfaces are subjected to frequent wetting by dew, fog or rain, especially if the moisture has an acidic content. Gutters clogged with leaves and debris are bad news for corrosion prevention. Fortunately, clogged gutters can be easily avoided by installing an over-the-gutter mesh with the appropriate aperture (hole size) for your home and location.
Use fit-for-purpose, specially coated aluminum mesh, Colorbond® steel, zinc-coated steel and stainless steel are all examples of specially coated steels that are rust-resistant. However, it is important to choose a rust-resistant steel that is fit for purpose. Avoid mixing dissimilar metals by selecting the rust-resistant steel that is most compatible with your roof and gutter materials.
What about stainless steel? In and of itself, stainless steel is a rust resistant material. However, when joined to a roof made from a different material, such as Colorbond® steel, it can cause your roof to rust prematurely. If you are considering stainless steel, it is important to ensure that the roof and gutter materials are compatible and not dissimilar.
Our Range. Gutter Guard King Tas offers a comprehensive range of aluminum and plastic gutter mesh to ensure that you can find the right mesh for your home.
Available in a wide range of colours and to suit popular roof types such as corrugated, tile and Trimdek. Aluminum is a great solution where managing leaves and debris is the main issue. Its 3.5mm aperture will keep out medium and large leaves such as gum leaves, gum nuts, bamboo and silky oak.
Which gutter mesh is right for you?
2mm Ember Mesh
4MM Plastic Mesh
Solutions for almost any roof
Our gutter mesh can be easily fitted to almost any roof type and feature, delivering clean lines and an integrated finish. With clean lines and a variety of colour options, our range is designed to be aesthetically pleasing. The only thing you (or anyone else) will really notice from the street is just how clean your gutters are compared to your neighbours.
Common roof types can include:
If you need a custom mesh solution for your architecturally-designed home, unusual roof, distinctive colour scheme or other unique needs, we will work with you to develop one. Making the decision to use gutter mesh is easy - designing the right gutter mesh solution for your home can be hard. Do you have a tricky roof or unusual gutters? Need help measuring your roof? Assisted by our team of experts we will ensure you make the right decision for your home.
Custom design. Sometimes, gutter mesh installations are complicated by your roof or gutter design. To overcome this challenge, we can develop tailored gutter mesh solutions and installation methods for your building. This may be necessary if you have a nonstandard roof or gutters and you need to facilitate installation on awkward materials or avoid corrosion from mixed metals.
Custom sizes. Where necessary, we can manufacture different widths of mesh to suit your property’s practical and design needs. For example, you may need wider mesh for wide box gutters or low-profile roofs. Because this is an area not every homeowner is familiar with, we’re happy to advise you on the optimal width for your roof and gutter design.
Comprehensive colour range
Gutter Guard King Tas Gutter Mesh and componentry come in an extensive range of COLORBOND and tile colours to suit a wide range of properties.
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