Complete your gutter system with special gutter materials designed to help everything work properly and prevent any damage.
Gutter downspouts are attached to the main gutter system to facilitate the downward movement of runoff water on the side of the house. To increase the capacity of your gutter system, use multiple downspouts.
Most downspouts are rectangular in shape with dimensions of either 2-by-3 inches or 3-by-4 inches. The less common circular-shaped downspouts have diameters that range between 3 and 4 inches. Regardless of the shape, gutter downspouts are normally available in lengths of 10 feet.
Gutter guards prevent the gutters from getting clogged with debris such as dust, sticks and fallen leaves. There are a number of different types of gutter guards, including gutter screens and gutter helmets.
To determine which type of gutter guard you need, consider:
- How much rain or snow falls in your area
- The slope of your roof
- Whether or not there are trees nearby or hanging over the roof
- The nature of the flying debris that finds its way onto your roof
For easy cleaning, you may opt for guards that are fitted with clips that can be unhinged.
Fascia Boards and Replacements
A gutter system must be mounted onto a strong fascia. Before you install gutters, ensure that the fascia boards—usually located just below the edges of the roof—are in good condition. Rotted or rotting boards will not be sturdy enough to support the gutters.
Fascia boards suffer damage when they are frequently exposed to runoff water. To preempt such rot, install drip-edge extensions as part of the gutter system.
Gutter Spikes and Ferrules
Spikes and ferrules help hold the gutter system to the roof’s eaves. Ferrules look like metal bands or caps, and they maintain a constant gutter width throughout the entire system.
Gutter Elbows and Mitres
Elbows and mitres are used in altering the direction of the runoff flow. Gutter elbows divert a downspout’s flow by 45 degrees so that runoff water flows away from the house. Mitres are used to alter the direction of a gutter’s run, either to the inside or to the outside.