Downspouts and Gutters
Downspouts and gutters are not to be forgotten when dealing with roofing work and performing maintenance on your house. They might be inconspicuous enough but their job is very important. Without downspouts and gutters, there would be no mean to channel rain water from the roof surface and down to the ground. It is therefore very important that these are as efficient as possible and this depends on the quality of installation and of course on how they are maintained. If they are incorrectly installed and sloping to any degree, the gutters might be unable to channel the water towards the downspouts. If they are not maintained on a regular basis, they can become clogged up and with different types of debris and this means they are unable to do their job and this can lead to damp and water leaks. Regular maintenance is therefore very important.
What many people do not know is that there are several different parts of a gutter and downspout system. The different parts can be fitted together to follow the angles of the roof and walls of your house. You can buy a complete system if you are replacing the old one or if you are a building a new house or you can obviously buy single parts, if you are dealing with repairs to the existing system. Some of the parts of the system are corrugated elbows, rectangular or round (depending on your preference) downspouts and U-shaped troughs.
As you might know, most downspouts and gutters are made of aluminium, galvanised steel or vinyl but I have come across both copper and wood ones as well. If you have decided on galvanised steel as the material for your downspouts and gutters, you will then have to decide to buy painted or unpainted ones. You will have to pay more for the painted ones but the enamel applied by the factory means they will have better durability than an unpainted finish as these will deteriorate very quickly. The best galvanised steel downspouts and gutters are the heavy-gauge ones as they will last longer than standard-gauge steel gutters. They are more expensive than the standard ones but do your sums and you might be surprised to learn that is might in fact be cheaper to spend more on a high quality system now – in the long run. But as always – it is your choice! If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact a professional gutter specialist for further advice. Best of luck!