Gutters are not just single pieces of metal half-pipes. They are complex systems comprised of various parts that all work in tandem to keep water away from your roof and foundation. Here are the different components of a gutter system.
The gutters themselves are the long, rounded pieces that catch all the rainwater and debris and send it down the pipeline. They come in many colors, shapes, materials, and styles. Additionally, gutters can be seamless or regular, meaning they can exist as singular long pieces or several short components that need connecting.
The gutters may collect the rain, but that water needs to go somewhere. Downspouts are the paths that extend from the upper eaves of the roof to the ground. They ensure water flows away from the property. These vertical pipes typically sit every few feet along a gutter to give plenty of opportunities for water to exit.
The human elbow is a crucial joint in the arm. In a gutter system, it serves a similar function—connecting adjacent gutter pieces around a corner. When straight gutters must navigate odd angles or curves, elbows help manage the maneuver.
Gutters are just long, hollow tubes, so they need stoppers at each end. End caps serve as this barrier at the sides of a gutter piece, forcing the water to go down the only available paths, which are the downspouts.
Gutters capture all kinds of items throughout the year. Twigs, foliage, dirt, and bird nests are just a few examples of what could clog your gutters and prevent water from flowing properly. To avoid this hassle, gutter guards protect the gutters like a cage. They typically sit on top of the gutters and keep unwanted items out. While some debris inevitably flows through, most of the content in the gutters is rainwater or snow runoff when gutter guards are present.
Gutter professionals usually perform a gutter installation with screws and bolts, but there are other options for securing these suspended metal pipes. Hidden hangars are among the easiest options since they’re quite secure and aesthetically pleasing. These pieces directly attach to the fascia in the gutter for a smooth connection.
Knowing the different components of a gutter system can help you preserve your home exterior. If you have any questions about installing gutters on your home, reach out to us at Gutter Maid today.