Downspouts are an important part of any good gutter system. These vertical, tube-like pipes connect to your gutters and allow water, either from rain, snow or ice, to flow out of your gutter and away from your house, in to a designated drainage area. Downspouts are important because these are the parts fo the gutter that lead water away from your home. Without proper downspouts installed, water would collect and pool at the base of your home; causing damage to your foundation and siding which, over time, could cause irreparable harm to the actual structure of your house.
Types of Downspouts
Downspouts most commonly come in aluminum piping, with sizes ranging from a few, to several, inches in diameter. However, downspouts can come in all different materials and usually be custom made to any size. Some other common types of downspout material are: vinyl, copper and stainless steel. Which material you choose should depend on a number of factors such as do you want your downspouts to be decorative or purely functional? Do you want them to be color or simple metal or white? Also, keep in mind the climate you are installing downspouts in. Certain material works better for certain weather.
Why Use Downspouts
One of the common questions we get asked is: why use downspouts at all? The answer is actually quite simple: downspouts are the device that move rain water away from your houses siding and foundation. Gutters serve to funnel rainwater to certain points of your roofline, whereas downspouts are used to funnel that water down from your roof and away from your house completely. Without downspouts, water would seep underneath your home, causing problems to your foundation like cracking, mold and the degrading of the structure, entirely.
Downspouts are relatively easy and cheap to install. Most of the cost is related to what material and length of downspout you choose; with a fraction of the cost being devoted to the actual installation. We pride ourselves on our installation practices; knowing that time is of the essence. Downspouts should be installed at several different places along your gutters’ path to ensure that, when heavy rainfall happens, your gutters aren’t becoming filled and overflowing. Properly places downspouts will help to relieve water building up in your gutters, ensuring that the gutters can do a proper job in whisking water away from your roof and home.
One issue that you may run in to with downspouts is clogging. If your gutters are not properly guarded or screened, debris from your roof (such as leaves and twigs) can flow through your gutter and down in to your downspouts. When this happens, downspouts can become clogged, leading to water not being able to fully flow down, and through, these pipes. In order to make sure that this doesn’t happen, we recommend a gutter guard. However, if that is not a solution for you, we recommend routine cleaning and maintenance, especially in months with heavy rainfall.