Gutters refer to the channels that collect water dripping off the roof. Leaders or downspouts refer to the pipes that carry the water to ground level. Gutter systems are one of the most overlooked areas of home improvement and repair; however it is a valuable investment. Rain gutters divert rainwater runoff from your home and down the leaders to prevent potential issues such as mold and mildew from entering the home.
A quality and properly installed gutter system will prolong the life of your windows, doors and decks in addition to helping prevent water from getting into your basement. Gutters can be cut to your home’s exact measurements and they come in a variety of styles and colors to match your home’s exterior design.
Historically, gutters were made of wood, and the downspouts made of steel, which required frequent maintenance. Wood gutters had to be painted with a special paint, and the steal downspouts rusted and developed holes. Today, most gutters and downspouts are made of aluminum (some are still made of copper), which requires minimal maintenance.