Protecting the value of a property
One of the key areas for maintenance on a property is the roof and gutter. And while each building is different, all are at risk from water damage. From a minor leak to violently destructive winds or storms, any unwanted water intrusion can significantly impact the value of a commercial property. Protecting the roof, walls, windows and other components of ‘the envelope’ is essential to reducing the likelihood of water damage.
A build-up of leaves and other debris in gutters can cause serious maintenance issues, including an increased risk of flooding, pest and vermin infestation. Unprotected gutters also require more frequent cleaning, with the increased risks to health and safety associated from working ‘at height’. Apart from the misery they cause, leaking gutters cost Australian industry millions of dollars every year in production disruption, stock loss and maintenance costs.
A recognised way to prevent blocked gutters, and effectively manage these environmental and safety risks, is to invest in gutter guards, which frequently provides a better return than either no maintenance program or regular cleaning.
|Risk factors from leaving gutters unprotected :|
|+ Unsafe work practices cleaning out gutters|
|+ Blockages leading to flooding from eaves and gutters|
|+ Pest and vermin infestation|
|+ Heavy fuel loads in gutters contributing to spread of fire|
|+ Unsafe work practices cleaning out blocked gutters|