Become an expert in gutter systems. Learn the important terms related to gutters guards, gutter systems, and gutter installations to better understand how to effectively protect your home.
Gutter clogging is what happens over time when elements other than water are introduced into a gutter system, or when the system loses its pitch and the flow of water is halted.
Downspouts are the vertical pipes that connects a building’s gutter system with the end destination of the water being corralled. The downspout usually points toward a sewer, a pitched area of lawn, or a rain barrel in order to direct water away from the building’s foundation.
Drainage is the systematized removal of water from a given area. For a house or building, a large part of drainage from rainwater usually occurs via a gutter system.
The drip edge is a small “lip” placed along the eaves in order to drive water clear of underlying materials, and prevent seepage underneath.
A drop outlet is a connector piece of gutter, allowing for water to flow from the gutter system down into the downspout or storage tanks.
Eaves are the overhanging portion of a roof. Like gutters, the eaves drives water away from the side of the house. Within a gutter system, water is corralled off of the eaves and into the gutters.
A gutter end cap prevents water from spilling out haphazardly off the side of the gutter system
Fascia is a horizontal board located directly under a building’s roof. It is the “face” that gutters are traditionally hung from.
Foundation erosion is the result of too much water saturating the soil around a house’s foundation. The soil becomes eroded, and the foundation is then vulnerable to instability and shifting.