Rain gutters are one of the last items attached to your home before the home is completed. Rain gutters are positioned to extend just beyond the eaves of a roof to collect rain and hail runoff. They are placed on all sides of a home along the roof edge.
What is the purpose of downspouts?
The gutters are attached to one or more downspouts which carry water to the ground. Downspouts are usually placed near a corner of a house at the steepest angle to allow runoff. They are designed to keep water away from the side of the house.
The enclosed downspout can connect to a drain pipe that allows the water to flow into your garden or an underground piping system that can be used to recycle the water. The recycled water is usually “gray water” used for washing, not drinking.
Most downspouts drain onto a splash pad or block to keep the water away from the foundation of your house. You do not need rainwater eating away at your foundation and providing a breeding ground for mold, mildew or algae.
What is runoff important?
The major purpose of gutters is to permit continual water runoff to the downspouts during hailstorms and heavy rains. You do not want standing water on the roof or under the eaves next to the walls of the house.
Good runoff will help to prevent the build-up of moss or mildew on your roof or under the eaves where the roof and house walls meet.
What are gutters made from?
Gutters are made from several materials but aluminum and vinyl are the most common. Square-line or half-rounded gutters provide good runoff. They can be painted or purchased in colors that complement your architecture.
What should I do about gutter installation?
Your gutters should always be installed by professionals with the safety equipment necessary for roof access. At Quality Gutter Systems, we install many popular gutter systems. All gutters must be kept free of debris to allow for water runoff.
- Straight face seamless gutters with a square profile
- OGEE or rounded “S” design gutters
- Half-round styles in a variety of materials
- Includes the SnapLockⓇ system which prevents holes in the fascia boards on the walls. Gutters last longer with this installation.
- Leaf screens and the LeafLockⓇ system keep leaves, twigs and other debris from clogging the gutters
This was originally published on Jun 20, 2016.See My Gutter Color Options