In Australia, bushfire-prone areas have to be protected. Many homes are destroyed by ember attacks, which usually start in unprotected gutters and inside homes and buildings through small gaps. Ember and gutter guards protect homes from the devastating impacts of the bushfires. These bushfires start when ember attacks occur through wind-borne embers which ignite and destroy property.
Therefore, it is absolutely crucial to ensure that the ember guards are made from the best quality to prevent any ignitions of such sorts. Ember guards are covers that protect any opening or cavity from burning embers entering through them, according to The Australian Standard AS3959-2009. It is found that 85% of homes are burnt down through windborne embers and not through direct contact with bushfire. This is a huge statistic, and there is a lot of work to be done in managing the issue better in this area. As a leader in the property construction space, you see your company being in the forefront of such issues. It is important to understand the long-term benefits of supplies such as the ember and gutter guards, as it can drastically reduce the chances of bushfires affecting our land.
Main Difference between Ember Guard And Gutter Guard
Diving deeper into the 2 products, there are a few differences and unique selling points between both the ember and the gutter guard products.
First off, the main difference between the ember guard and the gutter guard is the size of the hole or the space between each intersecting wire mesh. The ember guard must have a hole of 2mm or less, while there is no size set for a gutter guard.
In general, gutters are prone to ember attacks. When dry leaves gather in unprotected gutters, they can be easily ignited by embers. Some gutters have a poor gutter mesh that allows leaves to gather in gutters. Ember guards, on the other hand, are more condensed in its structure and protects the opening from burning embers more thoroughly and meet the Australian Standards. The 2mm steel ember guard mesh can be used on roof ventilation openings, at the fascia, valleys, ridges, and hips. They can be used in openings in roof ventilators, vent pipes, and vented roof lights as well. They can be installed on roof light glazing and eaves ventilation openings too. With such versatility to the product and its immense benefits to customers, it is a must-have product to offer.
Choose The Right Ember Guard For Homes As Ember Guards Come In Different Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Ratings
Ember guards can be fitted to meet requirements for all new homes in areas with 12.5 to FZ BAL rated areas. These BAL standards are specified for new homes as a bushfire proofing measure. However, it can also be used for old homes and in homes that are located in low bushfire risk zones.
Depending on the BAL of your customer’s property, the Australian Standard AS3959-2009 mandate differs. As ember guards come in different BAL ratings, you have to choose the right ember guard to suit your customer’s property requirements. For example, when the area is of BAL 12.5 or more, the ember guards are required to seal gaps that are more than 3 mm such as that in roof sheeting.
Aluminum Gutter Guards Can Prevent Embers Attack but Do Not Classify As An Official Ember Guard
If your customer’s property is located in areas that have a 12.5 or 19 or 29 BAL, you may use corrosion-resistant ember guards of steel, aluminum or bronze. However, steel ember guards that are corrosion-resistant are the best solution. Aluminum gutter guards can protect against fine-leaved trees like pines, jacarandas, and she-oaks. However, they encourage other things to go over through into the gutter with a slight rainwater runoff. Therefore, it is best to promote the steel or bronze ember guard range of product for areas high in bushfire risk.
BAL 40 And BAL FZ Rated Ember Guards Must Be Made From Steel
If the customer’s home is located in an area that has a BAL of 40 or FZ, you must ensure that the ember guards are made of steel or bronze and that they are corrosion-resistant. The 2mm steel mesh is perfect and complies with all regulations to suit all BALs of 12.5, 19 and 29, 40 and FZ. The steel ember guards have fine apertures that keep pests and small leaves out of the roof gutter.
As bushfires have eroded almost 46 million acres of land in Australia between June 2019 and Feb 2020, they continue to devastate the country and have hurt millions of homeowners and Aussie businesses. Ensuring that houses are adequately protected from a bushfire is the best solution to such fire hazards. Installing ember guards that meet the Australian standards is the best protective solution to the problem.
It is important to translate this message to customers as the numbers tell us that more than 70% of residents living in bushfire risk zones are unaware of this and the advantages of an ember guard.
Change begins with leaders like yourself in the business. It is time to educate your customers and introduce them to invaluable products like the ember and gutter guards.