Gutter systems typically contain five crucial elements: the gutters, the end caps, the fascia brackets, the downspouts, and the downspout brackets. However, you may wish to use gutter accessories to improve the beauty and function of your gutter system. The guttering experts at Taylor-Made Roofing can help you explore the options available.
Splash blocks can be placed beneath downspouts to channel water away from the foundation of the property. They also prevent water from splashing on the ground and creating mud stains on the exterior walls. Typically formed of plastic or concrete, splash blocks are simple and affordable devices. They’re usually rectangular in shape, with a close-ended side that sits under the downspout and an open-ended side that directs water away from the property’s foundation.
Sometimes called leaf screens, gutter guards sit atop or inside gutters and prevent debris from entering the gutter system. There are many options available, including micro mesh, foam, brush, surface tension, and screen gutter guards. Although gutter guards cannot prevent 100 percent of debris from entering gutters, they can limit clogs and reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning your gutters.
Rain chains are alternatives to downspouts; they also transport rainwater from the gutters to the ground. Traditionally they are formed of a simple chain (a series of metal links), which guides rainwater to the ground. However, there are also decorative rain chains featuring cups or sculptural objects. Although rain chains fulfill the same function as downspouts, they’re sometimes preferred by property owners because they’re also beautiful, interesting mechanisms that can enhance the architecture of a property.
Since the purpose of a gutter is to collect and convey rainwater, a leak presents a big problem. It allows water to escape at an inappropriate place, which could cause damage to your home’s foundation, exterior, or landscaping. Sometimes gutter leaks occur because the gutter system is aging and needs to be replaced. Other times, they result from improperly sloped gutters, clogged gutters, or non-seamless gutters with a small gap between the sections. If you notice a leak in your gutters, contact Taylor-Made Roofing to get to the bottom of the issue.
Sometimes gutter sealant is used to repair small leaks in gutters. It is typically permanent, flexible, and water-resistant, and it can be used on both gutters and downspouts. Gutter sealant can also be used as a preventative product on the seams of gutters.
Does your downspout terminate in an inconvenient spot, such as near your home’s foundation or onto your flower beds? You can use a downspout extension to divert the water to a better location or connect it to a drainage pipe. There are a variety of types available, from rigid metal devices to flexible plastic products.