Gutters and downspouts are items used in roofs to redirect rainwater from the roof and into designated spots on the bottom level of the house. There are big differences between gutters and downspouts. These are in terms of form and installation.
Gutters are steel or PVC elements that are placed on the sides of the roof, at the very end of the roofing. They gather debris, dirt, and rainwater thanks to the slope of the roof and redirect it into downspouts. Gutters have a sort of U shape which is opened from the top so that everything falls into the gutter instead of getting dropped on the facade. Gutters protect the facade from getting stained or from water. They are used to keep it free of large streams of water that might cause mold on the facade and mildew on the interior walls of the room.
Downspouts on the other hand are installed on the corners of the roof onto the bottom of the gutters. They have a cylindrical shape and as the name suggests they redirect water down onto the designated spots. They protect the facade as well as the ground floor from flooding and backsplash. They are also very important in protecting the structure of the house and the foundation from water which can cause major damage and become very dangerous for you and the integrity of your property.
All in all, the main differences between gutters and downspouts make them complement one another. What this means is that you cannot use one element and neglect the other. They are in fact a system that works together to protect the integrity of your home.
If you require a contractor to install gutters and downspouts on your roof, call us at RH Renovation NYC. Our team can come on-site in areas close to New York like Westchester and the Bronx. We can evaluate your property and provide you with a cost estimate for free. In addition, our team of designers can suggest the best material for your gutters and downspouts as well as the most suitable color for your roofing system and facade.
At RH Renovation NYC we have years of experience dealing with roof renovations and installations including installation, repair, and replacement of gutter systems.
If you already have a gutter and downspout system in place but you feel that it is blocked and not performing properly, feel free to get in touch so we can arrange a cleaning.
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