Why You Should Never Consider Skipping Gutters for a Home
If you are curious about the structure of typical house gutters, here is a basic outline of how a traditional rain gutter system fits together.
Gutters are formed in a number of shapes and profiles, but the key components and the way those parts fit together are generally the same. Most gutters are fabricated on-site by a professional contractor with a metal-forming machine. This ensures that gutters are seamless (which greatly reduces the chance of leaks) and custom-sized for the home. At the end of the gutter, at the corner of the house, the downspout connects to the gutter through a drop outlet. An end cap is placed on the end of the last section of gutter to give the system a finished look and to channel water down the downspout. The drop outlet connects to two downspout elbows, which allows the gutter downspout to curve around the edge where your house meets the roof. Downspout straps are placed every few feet to secure the downspout to your house.
If you’re thinking about skipping residential gutters, you need to understand what happens when you don’t have gutters. Instead of water running into gutters and being propelled away from the home, water instead curls around your roof edge and runs down the side of your home. This can cause all sorts of problems that gutters would otherwise prevent. Homes without gutters often find rainwater running directly down the siding, into the basement or penetrating at the roofline and going into the attic. These can be very expensive problems to fix, so make sure you have the right type of house gutters for your home.