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Parts of Gutters

Whether you already have gutters or are interested in adding them to your home, knowing the parts of a gutter will help you understand how they work and why they’re so important for your property. To help in your understanding, we’ve compiled a list of the major parts of a gutter and described their importance. Let’s dive in!

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Do Gutter Guards Work

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve most likely heard of gutter guards, but as a quick refresher, gutter guards are specially designed pieces of plastic or metal used to keep large debris out of gutters. There are several main types of gutter guards – the most popular being mesh gutter guards, bottle brush gutter guards, and nylon gutter guards. While each type has its own pros and cons, they all work to prevent leaves, rocks, and branches from clogging your gutters. 

Of course, before you add gutter guards to your home you want to make sure they will work for your specific situation. Below we will answer the question “Do gutter guards work?” and detail everything else you need to know about gutter guards before making your decision. 

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How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters

When gutters are clean, they work extremely well in moving excess rainwater from your roof through the downspouts. However, when they become clogged, water can quickly spill over and ruin your landscaping and foundation. Unfortunately, gutters can be easily clogged as debris, twigs, leaves, and even pine needles can quickly cause a blockage. 

To keep your gutters clean and water smoothly running, you need to get your gutters cleaned regularly. This brings us to the question – “How often should you clean your gutters?”; the short answer to this question is twice a year, however, there are several instances where you will need to get them cleaned more regularly. 

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How to Unclog a Gutter Downspout

While you may remember to clean your gutters or check them for clogs, most people forget to double-check their downspouts. For context, downspouts are the vertical pipes used to take the water collected by the gutters and carry the water away from the house. Because downspouts see so much volume, they can easily get clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris.

If you think your downspout is clogged, you first need to find and confirm the blockage.

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When to Replace Gutters

Gutters are an essential part of protecting your home from leaks, foundation erosion and yard damage, but they’re not indestructible. Depending on how old your home is, and the type of gutters you have, you will have to replace your gutters every once in a while. How frequently you need to replace them and when you need to replace them are dependent on a few factors, but if your gutters are experiencing any of the following, it’s their time to be replaced.

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Best Materials for Gutters

Gutters are an essential addition to any home. No matter the climate you’re located in, gutters can prevent excess water from causing foundation issues and soil corrosion, and keep your yard healthy and beautiful. Although the choice to add gutters to your home is an easy one, choosing the material for your gutters can be a little more challenging. The four most common materials for gutters are aluminum, vinyl, copper and steel. 

Each one of these materials has their own set of pros and cons. We will dive into the features and drawbacks of each to help make your gutter material selection a little easier! 

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What is the Purpose of Rain Gutters

Unfortunately, as important as gutters are, they’re often an afterthought in the home building, renovation and maintenance processes. While most people understand that the purpose of  gutters is to gather rain, and move it off the roof via a downspout, very few understand the destruction rain water can cause if not disposed of properly. 

Below we will dive into the top reasons you should install rain gutters on your home, and explain what the purpose of gutters on a house is, so that you can prevent irreversible damage the lack of gutters can cause. 

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6 Tips on How To Manage Stormwater Runoff

When you have saturated soil or the volume of water is much larger than the surface it’s trying to infiltrate, runoff occurs. As this water runs down, it can gather untreated pollutants like sediment and pesticides and drain down into our natural waterways.

Take advantage of the following tips to manage stormwater runoff and reduce nearby pollutants. 

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