Summer in Australia is a very difficult place for any outdoor fixture to survive indefinitely in, even those fixtures that are built tough like your gutters. Eventually, they all begin to break down and show signs of wear and tear before finally breaking and becoming totally useless. With summer coming up soon, now is the perfect time to consider getting your problematic gutters replaced, especially if you have been putting it off throughout winter. Here are three reasons why you should get your gutters checked out and replaced before the approaching hot season.
Older gutters can, in fact, be a fire hazard because they have no way to stop leaves, twigs and other kindling from gathering inside them. The problem with this is that if any spark or ember from a nearby fire lands in your gutter, it can send your whole house or business into flames. Newer gutters have much better protection against this, with grates and other design features that aim to combat this risk. If you live out in more rural areas then this could literally be the difference between life or death, so don't ignore it.
Summer Is The Rainy Season
You may not have realised this, but in Australia, the wet season is pretty much entirely aligned with the summer months. This means you will soon be getting an influx of rain, so while you may have been able to put up with bad gutters during winter, summer will be a whole other story. Not only is there a greater chance of weakened gutters failing during summer, as the temperature ranges from very wet to searing hot in hours, but you also have a bigger chance of your home being affected by broken gutters. The last thing you want is for a dislodged piece of guttering to smash through your window or something similar.
Most people prefer to wait until the last moment until they have to fix something, particularly when it comes to little things like gutters. That means during the start of summer, there is a major influx in the number of people looking to buy new gutters and, therefore, increased competition for contractors able to do this. If you don't want to wait weeks waiting for someone's schedule to open up, then you need to get in early, which is why the start of spring is the perfect time to get your gutters replaced.
For more information, contact a gutter service.