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A box gutter is essentially a gutter which collects water from a large roof area or from where two roofs may join.

This water is then fed into downpipes, and then into an overflow device, such as a rain head, so that water doesn’t flood the roof cavity. Box gutters are custom designed which are based on the volume of water it is collecting from the catchment area. They need to be sized accordingly to each different situation but must comply with Australian Standards Once water is collected into the box gutter it will either be discharged through a sump or Rainhead. This is then followed by the downpipe and into the stormwater drainage system. Box gutters can be constructed from a range of materials, including Colorbond or Zincalume, and we can provide assistance in determining what the best box guttering solution is for you.

When it comes to steel roofing, the two most popular types are Colorbond and Zincalume.

Both roofing products have been crafted by specialist steel companies and have stood the test of time in terms of durability, protection, and design. Our team are experienced in the installation of both materials, and their uses. We are happy to provide you with tailored advice on a roofing solution, based on your specific needs. Below, we have created a short guide to help you better understand the advantages and differences of both forms of roofing.

Colorbond

Colorbond steel was created in the mid nineteenth century as an improvement over standard corrugated roofs. Corrugated roofs were durable, yet regular painting was required to maintain their condition, as they tended to corrode. Regular painting was an expensive and time consuming exercise, so an alternative solution was devised. Colorbond steel is pre-painted and contains a strong Zincalume core. Available in a range of colours, Colorbond steel is both aesthetically pleasing, and has the thermal-efficiency benefits that painted roofs have, resulting in less heat absorption and a rapid cool down time.

Zincalume

Zincalume steel was introduced in the 1970s and is made up of a combination of aluminium, zinc, and silicon. It has an exceptionally long lifespan, averaging around four times that of galvanized steel. Like Colorbond, it is also highly resistant to corrosion, and maintains high thermal-efficiency benefits. The major difference between Colorbond and Zincalume is that Zincalume does not have a layer of custom paint, and is manufactured exclusively in the standard aluminium colour. Alternatively, we can tailor a solution based on a combination of both materials, and are able to work with you to determine what is the most suitable configuration, based on your needs. In addition to Colorbond and Zincalume, we fit all other roofing materials, including galvanised steel, and polycarbonate roof sheets.

Downpipes catch the water flow from your gutters, alleviating the pressure from the roofing system.

This protects your home from leaks and overflow. We can install downpipes as part of our guttering service, or simply attach reliable downpipes to your existing gutters.
Fascia is used as a base to attach the gutters to, or as a cover to hide the fixing space between the roof, eaves and wall. More than just functional, Fascia is designed to form a neat, attractive edge between the roofing and wall surface.

Gutters tend to wear over time due to the weather conditions that they regularly have to bear.

This can result in them becoming damaged and rusted. Naturally, as the materials of the gutter weaken, leaks can begin to show up within the roofing system. In more extreme cases, this can lead to interior leaks and ceiling damage. We recommend that your gutters are cleaned of garden debris every 6-12 months and regularly checked to ensure that any issues are detected early on. This will ensure the longevity of your gutters and prove the most economical option for you in the long run.

Rainheads, also known as sumps, are a key component of buildings in which box or valley gutters are installed.

They are essentially containers that act as an external overflow system, drawing water away from the roof, and into downpipes. This protects your home from internal water penetration, and surges into the stormwater system.

The primary purpose of flashings are to keep water from entering your property through the roof.

They redirect the flow of water away from the joints in the roof, or any points which have the potential to allow leaks. Any area with joints in the roof will generally require flashings to ensure that the roofing system is watertight. Examples of this include areas with chimneys, skylights, and roof vents. In addition to their major purpose, flashings can simply cover parts of your roof, in order to improve the overall aesthetic look of your home.

Roof vents (whirly birds, cowls, range hood vents)

Roof ventilation systems are designed to circulate air within your property and keep the temperature controlled. When set up effectively, they can save you money on your energy bills. On hot days, roof vents, such as Whirlybirds, suck the hot air out of your ceiling and draw it back into the external air source, protecting your space from a heat build up. On the other hand, something like a Cowl will discharge air from your mechanical exhaust systems and provide rain protection when not being engaged. Another form of roof vent is a range hood vent. A range hood vent is installed on your roof, and provides suction to the range hood within your home, drawing the air out through it. This minimises the noisiness of the internal range hood, and pulls what is aerified via cooking, outside. Whatever roof ventilation system you are looking to install, we can assist you in tailoring a roof ventilation solution that complements your home or commercial property.

Skylights add lighting and ventilation to your property, bringing more natural light and energy into your space.

We fully install skylights, and offer consulting services to assist you in creating a well designed skylight configuration in your property.

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