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Guttering Supports Rusting

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Posted 5 months ago

This request relates to work on the guttering and roof of our house in Papamoa East. The house was built in 1996. It is 3 story (because the section of land is very narrow), and faces the sea to the north, about 120 metres from it, looking over the Taylor Reserve. The south side of the house faces Papamoa Beach Road.
The main areas requiring maintenance work are related to the guttering.
The roof is Colorsteel.
Each task should be treated as a separate item as funding of all the tasks at once may not be practical, although there may be synergies in combining some. Also the tasks may need to be staged in a particular order so that rework is never needed.
This is the most important task, and has led to describing the others.
The (metal) guttering everywhere is supported by small horizontal brackets welded at intervals (about 80 cm apart) to the metal fascia. The brackets are rusting. This is particularly acute with the north facing guttering at the 2nd and 3rd levels of the house.
There is also evidence of less-acute rusting with other lengths of guttering.
All the brackets were treated with a rust inhibitor 2 years ago by Will “The Roof Restorer” and seemed to slow the deterioration, but rusting is again bad, especially with those that are north-facing.
[Task #2] BIRD NESTING: Preventing future access.
Birds (mostly sparrows) nest in the soffits, especially along the north and south faces of the house. The south side guttering has leaf screens fitted but the birds still get in. This season the number of birds nesting has increased greatly over other years which is evident with the amount of droppings.
The objective here is to place barriers such as screens over the gutters where the birds access the soffit areas to prevent nesting in the future.
The birds may be entering other areas too (other than north and south as noted above) so this needs to be checked.
It would be advantageous if most of the abandoned nesting materials could be removed.
Many of the soffit areas can be viewed from within the ceiling spaces. There are two access doors to the roof spaces from the 3rd level of the house.
Some years ago we had a contractor work on this subject but the result was very poor.
Some of the guttering has accumulated considerable amounts of dirt. This is especially the case along the eastern side of the 2nd level, but all the gutters need checking as some are not easily viewed.
[Task #4] ROOF CLEAN
When researching the other tasks it was noticeable that some areas of the roof are rather dirty and a clean down may be advisable, especially noticeable on the west side. There does not appear to be much (if any) lichen. Much of the dirt on the roof seems to be related to areas popular with the birds, sparrows and seagulls, but this is not obvious everywhere there are birds.
The soffit sheets when originally fitted were pre-painted or pre-coated. They look now that a clean followed by a repaint would be useful.

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