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
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