Purpose of Gutter & Downspout System
Most homeowners pay no attention to their gutter system – until there is a problem. . . and it usually takes a serious problem for people to direct their gaze upwards to check out what is going on above.
Next to the foundation and the roof, the gutter system comes in as the third most important system of the house.
Now the reader may ask? “What is the purpose of the gutter and downspout system”
Here is a quick quiz: What is the purpose of your gutter & downspout system?:
a. collect tree debris that falls on the roof and then washes into the gutters when it rains.
b. direct tree debris (leaves/needles/twigs) to the downspout and block it up.
c. collect water, snow and ice, morph into frozen ice trays that can cause ice dams
d. collect and divert water away from the home foundation
Answer? Well, if you answered yes to all of the above – you are correct. It’s a bit of a trick question. But if you think about it. Gutters are designed to fail. And they do regularly.
You have an open trough all around the the house that collects all the stuff that lands on your roof. Debris from trees can include: leaves, needles, cones, seeds, pods, strings, helicopters.
Even if you have no trees your gutters are designed to catch and hold shingle granules and ice and snow that forms on the roof.
No wonder then, that people have so many problems with their gutter system.
Stay tuned to our Blog for more important information on how to get the most out of your gutter system…