The natural factors play a vital role while planning the gutter system for your property. For instance, hail and snow are the important factors that must be taken care of while choosing the option for gutters for your home or building.
It is really important that you take into account the risks of hail and snow in order to select a suitable gutter mesh for your property. Hailstorms can cause rainwater to accumulate and flood your house if hails get accumulated in gutters. By keeping hail out of your canals, gutter mesh protects against this risk of flooding. Also, you must be ready with the strategy to tackle the problem of leaves and pets getting clogged into your drainage system. Let’s discuss these natural problems in detail and try to find a solution for the same.
- Impact of the Hail Storms:
High-speed hail can penetrate certain gutter meshes, while accumulated hail or snow can cause gutter meshes to tear. Having the ripped or damaged mesh is as ineffective as having no gutter mesh. Grass and snow are also important environmental factors to be considered while planning and designing for the gutters.
Many areas in Australia are prone to hail. The most hail-prone region in the country is in Eastern Australia. The Meteorology Bureau has recorded almost 1,000 hail storms in just ten years between 2007 and 2017. Nearly half of them took place in New South Wales and over a third in Queensland. Likewise, a 2013-2014 hail report found that Australia’s top five hail-prone towns had been in New South Wales and Queensland during this stormy season.
Hail is unpredictable in nature, but you should consider choosing firmer gutter meshes that are able to withstand the attack of the hail storm. You should plan your meshes based on the average size of accumulated hail if you live in an area that has previously experienced hail. We recommend the use of any mesh matcher tool to choose the correct gutter mesh for your property.
- Impact of the Snow Storms:
Snow is a very common phenomenon in Australia, but many Australians live in areas that are prone to snow such as the snowy mountains in NSW and highlands of Tasmania. You need to take extra care while choosing gutter meshes if you reside in the area that is susceptible to snowfalls and snow storms. Ideally, these meshes must withstand the weight of snow accumulated and must sustain the collapse or tear under the tension.
- Impact of Leaves and Pests
Leaves, vegetation and pests can block the gutters, the pipes and can clog the rainwater. Urine, faeces and carcasses from pests and wastages from trees and vegetation can affect the clogged water and change its colour and odour making it contaminated. Gutters obstructed by the pest, detritus or leaves lead to pooled water attracting mosquitoes, the smallest pests of all. This risks the health of your whole family.
These are some of the natural phenomena which must be taken care of while planning and installing the gutter meshes for your property. The installation of the gutter meshes is an effective first step towards the reduction of potential contaminants in your rainwater tank. The mesh forms a physical barrier over your gout, which keeps leaves and other waste away and still allows rainwater to enter. This helps you harvest cleaner rainwater.