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Gutters and Downspouts

Roofing-Pro Experts Know About Gutters

Gutter:  The trough or half-pipe situated along the length of a roof system’s eaves to collect and divert water from the roof to the downspouts.

Downspouts: The pipes that run the height of a building from the eaves to the ground to drain away water collected in a roof’s gutter.

The primary function of residential gutters and downspouts is to protect your home’s foundation from erosion and decay and to prevent damaging leaks in the basement or crawl space by redirecting fallen rain water away from the base of the home. In doing this, gutters and downspouts also protect a home’s exterior painted or stained surfaces from corrosion and color fading caused by constant exposure to rain water. An auxiliary benefit is that such a system provides the homeowner with a convenient way to collect rainwater for other uses such as watering gardens.

Types of Gutters

There are several types of gutters for a homeowner to consider:

  • Roof integral trough – A system that is constructed of the same covering and flashing material as the roof and is located along the bottom edge of the roof slope.
  • Discrete trough – A channel made of non-roofing material that is suspended slightly beyond the edge and beneath the slope of the roof.
  • Wall integral trough – A conduit built of material used in the home’s construction and designed as a topmost component of the wall.
  • Box gutter – A deep trough that is hidden out of sight within the roof’s structure.
  • Seamless gutter – A system of continuous gutters sized to correspond with the roof and having few, if any, joints.

The kind of system that is best for your home will depend on several factors. The professionals at Roofing-Pro can explain the differences, answer your questions and give you expert advice.

Maintenance of Gutters

Rain gutters should be fitted with some kind of guard that allows water from the roof to freely flow in but protects the system from getting clogged with leaves, sprouting seeds, twigs and other wind-blown debris. Some protective options include screens, louvers or solid hoods. And, all gutter systems should be cleaned twice a year and repaired promptly.

It’s easy to imagine the damage that can be done if gutters become congested or blocked.

  • Water from rain storms or melting ice or snow would back up and cause leaks into your home that could lead to dangerous mold and mildew along with structural damage to your house.
  • In warm weather, standing water could become a breeding place for mosquitoes, which would limit your family’s enjoyment of outdoor spaces.
  • Blocked gutters tend to overflow and cause harm to your home’s roofing system, undue wear and tear to exterior paint or stain and damage to the building’s foundation.
  • In addition to water damage, in dry weather conditions clogged gutters can be a definite fire hazard.

History of Gutters

Since the beginning of civilization, human beings have devised ways to collect rain water for drinking, bathing and crop irrigation. Eventually, systems of hollowed out trees were devised to direct water to common pools. Group or community collection barrels were added to the process and, as time evolved, families began to construct their own water collection systems.

In the early 1900s, such channels were made of steel because of its strength and durability. After World War II, the use of aluminum for gutters became widespread because it was lighter and easier to manipulate. In the 1960s, seamless aluminum gutters were developed, enabling contractors to custom fit leak-proof systems to any residence. These remain popular and in broad use today.

We Are Your Gutter and Downspout Pros

At Roofing-Pro, we are a local company whose staff members live, work and play in the same communities as our valued customers. Three generations of our family have been focused on delivering superior customer service, driven by our values-based way of doing business.

Just complete the online form or call us at 336-841-1222 to schedule a visit. We will discuss all of your options, answer all of your questions about gutters and downspouts, and give you a free estimate for your home’s project.