About Gutters

Gutters channel rain to downspouts and carry it away from the roof of your home.

All gutters are troughs that collect rain running off a roof and channel it, with proper slopes, to downspouts that carry the rain water to the ground and away from your siding, windows, doors and foundation. The most commonly used gutter – open gutters – should be regularly cleaned of leaves and debris in order to function properly.

In the course of collecting water, open rain gutters also collect leaves, acorns, pine needles, and other debris which can cause clogs anywhere in the gutter itself or sometimes in the downspouts. In dry conditions clogged gutters are a fire hazard; and during heavy rains, clogged gutters and downspouts can cause rainwater to overflow, potentially causing substantial damage to your building, landscaping and basement.

Covers for gutters, gutter guards and screens to keep debris out, can reduce or eliminate these problems and lengthen the life of your gutters. (See more about these in our section on gutter covers, gutter guards and gutter screens).


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LeafGuard Brand gutter is the only one-piece seamless gutter system. Its patented one-piece design allows rainwater to travel down and around its integrated curved hood and into the gutter, while deflecting leaves and debris.


Q. I have a metal roof, what kind of gutter should I use.

A. That depends on the slope of the roof, and the type of fascia. We recommend discussing this with your roofing or gutter installer.