Gutters Glossary

rain gutter glossary of terms

Gutter Terms Explained: A Basic Glossary

Downspout: The vertical pipe that runs down the length of your house, carrying rainwater from the gutter to the ground (or a drain)

Drainage: A system of gutters and drainpipes that carry water away from the foundation of a house.

Drop Outlet: Formed piece that serves as the hole from which the water travels from the horizontal section of the gutter to the downspout.

Elbow: A pre-finished angled piece for directing the flow of water

End Cap: Flat formed piece that is placed at the end of a gutter section.

Fascia: A type of trim that runs horizontally along the roof’s eaves, providing a base for attaching the gutters (also called the fascia board)

Gauge: The thickness of a gutter (range is from .019 to .032 with the more ideal being .032) **** Sunshine Siding & Window only uses .032 aluminum.

Gutter: The horizontal pieces of your draining system connected to the edge of the roof that direct water away from your house

Hanger: The flat strap installed under the roofing material to support the gutter and downspout (most common method of attaching gutters to a roof)

Inside mitre box: A corner piece of the horizontal section that is deflected in.

Leader: A pipe that carries rainwater from the gutters to the ground, sewers, or wells.

Outside mitre box: A corner piece of the horizontal section that is deflected out.

Pitch: The angle at which a horizontal section of gutter is tilted in order to force water to flow toward a downspout.

Run length: Length (measured in feet) of the horizontal section of the gutter

Run height: Height at which the gutter will be located (20 feet, 30 feet, etc.) and used to determine the length of the downspout required

Splash block: Concrete or plastic surface that is put under the downspout to channel water away from your home

Strap: Flat hangers that are nailed into the side of the house to hold the downspout in place

Get a Free Quote - Financing Available!

We're Sunshine Siding & Window. We're licensed, bonded, insured, and have served Greater Chicago for more than 40 years. Our BBB-accredited business is here to help.

Want to learn more about our gutter services? Then we want to hear from you. For a free estimate, or to learn more about our services, please call us now at 847-895-0078. You may also fill out the easy contact form on this page.

Additional Reading: