Likely you don’t think too often about the different components that make up a gutter system. We think it helps to know some of the basic components of a rain gutter system if you’re looking to replace your existing gutter or install a rain gutter system here in Boise on a new building or home. Rather your thinking about a common system or are leaning towards a unique gutter system which can set your property apart, incorporating ornate downspout pieces and custom gutters. We hope this information is helpful.
Gutter- A trough beneath the roof line made of various materials to include galvanized steel, aluminum, copper and vinyl. Available in a number of different shapes from a half-round U Style to a K Style with a flat back and formed front edge.
Expansion Joint- Since most gutters are made of metals they can expand and contract in differing temperatures. The expansion joint allows for this safely happen throughout your rain gutter system.
Miter- The connecting joint between a 90-degree angle on a gutter system. Miters can be installed inside or outside of the gutter system depending on the design.
End Cap- As it sounds this is the piece used to cap off a non-connected end of the gutter system.
Drop Outlet- A connecting piece of gutter which allows the horizontal gutter to attach to the downspout.
Downspout- Typically tubing which travels from the gutter down to a run off point on the ground. There are many types of downspout available. Rain chains are a popular alternative here in Boise to the typical tubing we often see.
Downspout Band- The piece of material used to attach a downspout to the home or building, typically made to match the material and color of the downspout.
Elbow- elbows are used on downspouts to help direct the downspout in the most beneficial direction for the project.
Gutter Spike- A long spike used to attach the gutter to the structure.
Gutter Strap- Another form of attaching a gutter to the structure, typically used if there is no facia or rafters to directly attach the gutter.
Gutter Hanger- A very common component used to attach the gutter. The hangers are typically hidden within the gutter for a nice clean look.
Custom Brackets- With a number of copper gutter and custom gutter systems there are matching or accenting connecting brackets which are usually highly visual and part of the over all design.
Gutter Screen- An accessory used to cover the gutter helping stop debris from entering the trough wnd building up.
Seamless Gutters- A popular type of gutter installed which uses a solid piece of gutter, customized to each building and the roofline. Reducing if not eliminating the number of joining sections which can help reduce repairs over time.
Gutter Pitch- The angle in which your gutter is installed allowing for water drainage. A common rule is to use a 1 to 20 vertical to horizontal ratio
ow that you have the basic knowledge on the components of a gutter system, you're ready to start planning your gutter replacement or installation project.
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