What’s the Best Gutter Guard Against Wattle Trees?

Are your customers dealing with clogged gutters caused by wattle flowers and leaves? As a gutter guard installer, finding a reliable solution that doesn’t exacerbate your customer’s current problems is crucial. Remember, not all gutter guards are equal. 

So, what’s the best gutter guard against wattle trees? The answer is an ember guard mesh system. Its smaller hole size prevents fine flowers and thin leaves from clogging gutters, offering superior protection compared to gutter mesh, gutter brush and foam solutions.

In this article, we delve into why ember guard mesh systems are the best option for combating wattle tree debris, and spotlight two top products: TuffMesh Emberguard and GutterMesh Emberguard.

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Why Ember Guard is Best Against Wattles?

Ember guard mesh systems are specifically designed with smaller holes, making them ideal for preventing the fine flowers and thin leaves from wattle trees from clogging gutters. Unlike regular gutter guards, the finer mesh of ember guards effectively blocks these small particles, ensuring your gutters remain clear and functional. Additionally, ember guards are superior to gutter brush and foam systems, as they prevent debris from getting stuck in the bristles or germinating in the foam, which can lead to further gutter damage.

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The Problems Caused by Wattle Trees

Although they are beautiful trees and native to Australia, wattle or acacias trees pose a significant challenge to gutter systems due to their unique characteristics. Here are the primary issues and considerations:

  • Abundant Flowers and Leaves: Wattle trees produce many fine flowers and leaves that can quickly accumulate in gutters.
  • Blockages: The fine flowers can lead to blockages that impede water flow, causing overflows.
  • Damage: These blockages can result in damage to gutters, roofs, and gables, leading to costly repairs.
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Why Other Types of Gutter Guard Solutions Are Less Effective

Regular gutter guards often have larger hole sizes that allow fine wattle debris to pass through, causing clogs. Gutter brush and foam systems also fall short, as the debris tends to get stuck in the bristles or starts to germinate in the foam, compromising the gutter’s effectiveness and leading to further damage. These solutions do not provide the fine filtration required to keep gutters clear of the small particles produced by wattle trees.

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Additional Steps to Protect Against Wattle Trees

To further protect your gutters from wattle tree debris, consider these additional steps:

  1. Regular Cleaning: One of the simplest ways to prevent clogging is regular gutter cleaning. Ensure you remove any accumulated debris, including wattle flowers, leaves, and other organic matter. Aim to clean your gutters at least twice a year, or more frequently during the flowering season.

  2. Install a Gutter Guard: Gutter guards are a practical solution to prevent debris from entering your gutters in the first place. Screen Tech Gutter Guard offers a range of high-quality gutter guard solutions, such as the TuffMesh™ and GutterMesh systems, which are designed to block even the smallest particles like wattle flowers while allowing water to flow freely.

  3. Trim Overhanging Branches: If wattle trees are close to your house, trimming overhanging branches can significantly reduce the amount of debris falling into your gutters. This proactive step can help minimise maintenance and prolong the effectiveness of your gutter guard.

  4. Use Downpipe Filters: Downpipe filters can catch debris that may have bypassed the gutter guard. These filters are easy to install and maintain, providing additional protection for your gutters.

TuffMesh™ Emberguard

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TuffMesh™ Emberguard is a premium product designed to offer superior protection against wattle tree debris. Its commercial-grade expanded aluminium mesh is not only strong but also has smaller holes that prevent fine particles from entering the gutters. The TuffMesh™ Emberguard can withstand large loads, including tree branches and vermin attacks, making it a robust choice for both residential and commercial properties. With a 25-year warranty and compliance with Australian standards, TuffMesh™ Emberguard ensures long-lasting protection and peace of mind for property owners.

Features and Benefits:

  • Commercial-grade expanded aluminium mesh: Provides superior strength and durability.
  • Smaller holes: Effectively prevent fine particles from entering the gutters.
  • Load-bearing capability: Can withstand large loads, including tree branches and vermin attacks.
  • Versatility: Suitable for both residential and commercial properties.
  • 25-year warranty: Ensures long-lasting protection.
  • Compliance with Australian standards: Guarantees high-quality and reliable performance.
See our latest case study, where ScreenTech supplied TuffMesh™ Emberguard as a solution to wattle tree debris in “TuffMesh™ Emberguard Leaf Proofing in Dandenong, Vic

GutterMesh Emberguard

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GutterMesh Emberguard is another excellent option for combating wattle tree debris. Made from premium-grade aluminium, this gutter guard features a finer mesh that effectively blocks fine flowers and leaves. The GutterMesh Emberguard is proven to last over 20 years on Australian roofs, making it a reliable and durable choice. It also comes with a 15-year material warranty and complies with AS3959-2018 standards, ensuring it meets the highest safety and performance criteria. The powder-coated finish adds an extra layer of protection, making it suitable for a wide range of applications.

Features and Benefits:

  • Premium-grade aluminium mesh: Offers durability and strength.
  • Finer mesh: Blocks fine flowers and leaves effectively.
  • Long-lasting performance: Proven to last over 20 years on Australian roofs.
  • 15-year material warranty: Provides extended protection.
  • Compliance with AS3959-2018 standards: Ensures safety and high performance.
  • Powder-coated finish: Adds an extra layer of protection and suitability for various applications.

When it comes to protecting your gutters from the persistent problem of wattle tree debris, ember guard mesh systems stand out as the best solution. Products like TuffMesh™ Emberguard and GutterMesh Emberguard offer superior protection with their fine mesh, durability, and compliance with Australian standards. By choosing these high-quality ember guards, you can ensure that your gutters remain clear and functional, saving time and money on maintenance and repairs. Invest in the best and keep your properties protected from the challenges posed by wattle trees.

Want to know more? ScreenTech sends out Colorbond® gutter guard samples and guides to architects and discusses projects and considerations.

Look no further than ScreenTech’s TuffMesh®, GutterMesh, SteelMesh and SolarMesh products. Our mesh suits Klip-Lok®, Timdeck® corrugated roof types and tiled roofs. Get in touch with a ScreenTech installation partner today.

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