Gutters and downpipes are one of the most neglected aspects of our homes when it comes to keeping on top of regular maintenance and repairs. In Queensland, soaring heat and heavy downpours can take a toll on our drainage systems. All it takes is a few months without clearing your gutters for blockages to form, water to pool and issues like rust start to set in. Even with regular care, your gutters and downpipes will experience regular wear and tear and reach a point where the best option is to replace them.
Looking for Signs of Wear and Tear
Your gutters collect water as it lands on your roof and your downpipes direct the water away from the important parts of your home, such as walkways, doors, windows and electrical fixtures. Ongoing water damage can result in extremely expensive repair work throughout your home, so it’s important to ensure your gutters and downpipes are working well and are in good condition.
If your gutters and downpipes are leaking, rusted or showing signs of cracking, it may be time to replace them to prevent leaks and damage to other parts of your home. Without appropriate house gutters, you can end up with drainage issues and you won’t be able to control where the rain on your roof is directed.
Replacing Instead of Repairing
It may be better in the long term to replace your gutters and downpipes when they are damaged instead of patching them. Repaired products are unfortunately very likely to break again in the future. In many cases, it’s more cost-effective to install higher quality gutters and downpipes that will last for many years into the future.
Choosing the Right Materials for Your Gutters and Downpipes
There are pros and cons for both metal guttering and PVC guttering in your home. Although PVC products tend to be more affordable metal gutters are a more cost-effective and efficient product for dealing with Queensland conditions.
Metal downpipe and gutter systems offer great benefits, including:
- Low heat expansion/contraction whereas plastic tends to deform permanently
- Higher resistance against damage from force and ultraviolet light exposure
- Incredible strength and lifespans
- Seamless technology prevents joints from breaking down or splitting
- Easy to install and simple to maintain/clean
Your Options for Downpipes
At Queensland Sheet Metal, we manufacture our downpipes from Colorbond Steel, Zincalume, galvanised, stainless steel, and copper. You can choose between rectangular downpipes or round downpipes, depending on your style preferences and individual needs. Our team can help you make the right decision for your home.
Queensland Sheet Metal employs professional tradespeople who manufacture a wide range of roofing products. As gutters and downpipes suppliers, we take your home’s protection seriously. Discuss your needs with one of our consultants to find affordable, efficient roofing products that are built to last. Call us on 1300 926 074 or request a quote online.