The purpose of gutters is to funnel rain water away from the walls and foundation of your house, which helps to prevent mold, rotting, and cracking of the walls and foundation due to water expanding and contracting from temperature fluctuations. Gutters and downspouts channel rain water away from the soil supporting the foundation, so the foundation remains stable, and prevents flooding of the basement. Gutters also help to channel rain water away from doors and windows, so the water doesn’t “sheet down” or splash up mud that can enter the home. Rainwater can be collected in a barrel, or a catchment system, and used to irrigate lawn and gardens. Gutters are typically made from aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, and vinyl, and come in either a K-style flat bottom and back, or a half-round tube shape. The gutter trough is placed at the bottom edge of your roof to collect and channel the runoff into downspouts, and away from the home. Gutters need regular maintenance throughout the year, to clean leaves, rodents, and debris out of the trough.
Rain GuttersErin Chapman