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What You Need to Know About Guttering and Downpipes in Melbourne


Guttering is one of the most important aspects of your roof. As rainwater runs down your roof, it needs to be captured and redirected to an outlet. Gutters perform this task by directing water towards downpipes which are usually located at the corners of a dwelling that lead into stormwater drains. In Melbourne, these residential stormwater drains connect to underground council drains that run along streets and roads. These council drains in turn connect to Melbourne Water’s regional drains. The regional drains direct stormwater into the nearest river or creek, or directly out to either Port Phillip Bay or Western Port Bay via beach outlets.

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Over the years, the standards for roof guttering have been improved and updated in Melbourne. For example, roof gutters must now have overflow outlets to avoid gutters filling up with water during heavy rainstorms. A roof gutter is deemed defective if it retains more than 10mm of water. Leaking joints, joints that are not lapped in the direction of flow to the outlet and gutters and downpipes that are not securely fixed are also defective.

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For over 70 years, Ace Gutters have been at the forefront of roof guttering and downpipe engineering. An Australian company, Ace have made their mark in the roofing industry, producing a quality catalogue of Australian made gutters, downpipes, fascia coverings and flashings. All Ace guttering products meet strict Australian standards and were designed to withstand the harsh Australian climate. Ace products also come in a variety of colours, to ensure that Melbourne customers can add style and value to their roofs and homes.

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So, what about maintaining your gutters? The most important task you can perform in order to maintain your gutters is to clean them before every winter and again before summer. These two seasons are when your gutters and your roof are most at risk of sustaining damage. Blockages can cause water retention during rainstorms, which can rust your gutters and result in water seeping into your home via your roof. And in summer, dry debris can be a fire hazard. It is best practice to keep your gutters clear to avoid these serious issues.

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Lastly, if you need your gutters and downpipes replaced, be sure to hire a licensed and registered roof plumber. An experienced professional who is registered with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) will be able to assist you in making sure that your gutters are up to code and performing the tasks that they were built to perform. It will also bring you peace of mind to know that you are covered should anything else go wrong.

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Top Glaze Roofing Systems® are a licensed and experienced roofing company that have been servicing Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs since 1987. Top Glaze Roofing Systems are licensed building practitioners with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). By law, all roofing companies in Victoria must be registered with the VBA in order to uphold a high standard of work quality across the industry and to provide customers with protection from scammers. Be sure to use a registered VBA practitioner to conduct roofing work at your home. To organise a professional assessor to come out and provide a free no obligation roof report and quote for all your roofing needs, call 1800 88 77 98 anytime.


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