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Gutters and Downspouts FAQ

Our Gutter FAQ page has some questions people often have about gutters.

(You may have some of the same questions yourself!)

Why are gutters so important anyway?

Gutters actually provide a very important and practical function for the structure of your home. Basically, they prevent rainwater from spilling over your roofline and onto the ground around your home. Excessive water accumulation can lead to damage to your foundation as well as to the exterior walls of your home and can also cause problems to the walls of your basement.

Also, the right type of gutters, properly installed can add to the aesthetic value and so can improve the value of your property.

What Is An Eavestrough?

This is just another name for “gutter”. The word, “eavestrough”  is often used in Canada and throughout Europe.

What Are Seamless Gutters and Why Are They So Popular?

Seamless gutters are gutters that are made from one continuous piece of metal that’s cut to the specific length that’s needed for your structure. So you can say that seamless gutters are custom made to the exact requirements of your home or office. As the name implies, there isn’t an unsightly seam where the separate gutter pieces are attached to make one long, straight length of gutter.

In addition to being functional, most people find that seamless gutters just simply look better than the “attached” gutter systems. (We tend to agree!)

What Is A Gutter Stick?

These are the pre-made gutter pieces that are sold in sections that can are attached together. These are often sold in 10 foot pieces but are available in longer lengths as well.

What Is An “Ogee” Style of Gutter?

This is the most common type of gutter sold in the United States. Ogee style is also known as “K” style gutter profiles. The “half-round” profile is another type of design that can be used, depending upon the architecture. You’ll often see “half-round” used in Europe and European architecture.

Is It OK To “Mix And Match Different Types Of Metal Materials like Copper and Aluminum In My Gutter System?

We definitely don’t recommend this because this can cause a chemical reaction between the metals. This can then lead to corrosion where the different metal pieces come together, which can then eventually cause leaks.

What Is Gutter “Pitch”?

In order for water to travel, the gutters need to be sloped downward toward the direction in which you want the water to go. This slope is referred to as, “gutter pitch”. It’s recommend that for every 10 feet of gutter, there should be at least ¼ inch of slope.

How Many Downspouts Will I Need To Have?

As you might expect, this really depends upon how much run-off is expected from your roof. Generally, one downspout is recommended for every 35 feet of gutter. But if you have a large roof area this means that a greater volume of water can accumulate, which re-directed. In which case you may need more downspouts to compensate.

What are “A” & “B” Gutter Elbows?

This is a section of gutter downspout that is curved and resembles a bent elbow joint. They serve the purpose of directing water away from the gutter outlet when a straight piece of gutter isn’t possible. “A” gutter elbows are curved forward or backwards. “B” style elbows curve to the side.

Can My Gutters Be Painted?

Gutters made from aluminum can be painted. Just be sure that the gutter surface is properly prepared so that the paint can adhere to the surface. Check with you paint supplier or painting professional if you’re having someone else do it to be sure you get the right type of paint for the surface.

How often should I inspect my gutters?

As a matter of good, routine maintenance, it’s a good idea to check your gutters for clogs caused by leaves and other debris about every six months. The beginning of every Spring and Fall season is sufficient. If you have older gutters, also check for leaks and make sure your gutters are secure and aren’t pulling away from the side of the house.

What Is A Scupper?

A scupper opening in the side walls of an open-air structure, for the purpose of draining water. They are usually placed at or near ground level, and allow rain water to flow over the side of the building instead of accumulating within the walls. They are also installed in stairwells as a way to keep the stairs dry by preventing water from pooling. If you have a commercial building, you can get more information about scuppers here: “Gutters and Downspouts: Scuppers”

What Are Cornice Gutters?
Cornice gutters are gutters that are built right into the structure of the building. These are also referred to as, “Yankee Gutters.” Today most homes and commercial properties use gutters that are separate attachments that are attached and hang over the side of the building.

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