The Insider’s Guide to Gutters

Think about it. How many times have you complimented someone about the gutters on their house? Rain gutters might not be the most glamorous aspect of your home, but they are essential in protecting your property from the elements. They drain rain water away from the foundation to prevent flooding. Gutters come in many different forms ranging from basic plastic DIY systems to premium seamless rain gutters, like LeafGuard’s, that will last for decades.

Components

The job of your gutter system is to collect water from a pitched roof, but for optimal effectiveness, it is also important that your roof is in good order. The two key components of the gutter system itself include the gutter and downspout. The gutter acts as a trough to collect the water, while downspouts drain the water from the gutter, typically into a drain or a rainwater barrel.

Types

Traditional gutter systems feature a sectional design whereby multiple components are assembled together rather like a jigsaw. This process leaves a great deal of seams in the system, which are prone to leaks and breaks. However, LeafGuard gutters avoid all of this with their seamless design. They block debris and leaves from entering the gutters, meaning you’ll never have to climb up a latter and clean them yourself again.

Materials

LeafGuard gutters are made from aluminum because of its strength and light weight. Aluminum is the most common material for seamless gutter systems. Less frequently, gutter systems may instead be constructed from copper or steel, but the most suitable material depends largely on your particular home. For example, copper gutters, particularly of the half-rounded design, tend to be much more suitable for historic properties. The only other type of material found in gutter systems, albeit very rarely, is wood, but this is costly to maintain, and tends only to be used by architectural purists.