Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Seamless Gutters | Glossary of Common Rain Gutter Terminology

Q. Why install gutters on my home?

A. Without gutters, rain that runs off of your roof will collect in places around your home, causing rot damage to exterior doors and windows, and other wood which can result in extensive damage and expensive repair work. This run-off water can also damage landscaping, erode your lawn, and will eventually compromise your foundation.

Q. What can water damage do to my home?

A. Moisture, in all its physical forms, is commonly regarded as the single greatest threat to the durability and long-term performance of residential homes. Over time, excessive exposure to moisture can cause significant damage to many types of building components and materials, namely corrosion, insect habitation and wood rot. By controlling exposure to moisture, many other durability problems such as mold and indoor air quality, which can lead to unhealthy indoor living environments, can also be solved. There is wide agreement that successful management of moisture in its various form is essential for houses to be safe, durable, and energy efficient. Foundation drainage is an important determinant of overall exposure to moisture. It is essential that rainwater and roof drainage be diverted away from the building perimeter to prevent leaks into basements or crawl spaces, or saturation of the ground around slab-on-grade construction.

Q. Why ACE Gutters?

A. The Designer Gutter is durable. We’ve seen how easily some gutters get damaged by ladders and that’s why our installers are the ones with “horns”.
The appearance of your home is important. We use "hidden gutter hangers" to fasten the gutter to your home. The hangers are "hidden" from view on the outside, giving your home the clean, SEAMLESS look. Plus, they’re stronger than the traditional "spike and ferrule method."
The installation magic continues when each section of seamless gutter is roll-formed to perfectly fit on your home. By using the same material found in seamless siding, each seamless gutter is installed in either a matching or complementing color.


Glossary of Common Rain Gutter Terminology

Downspout

End Cap

Elbow

Drainage

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

Downpipe/Downspout

Pipe to carry roof water from gutters and roof catchments to drains, storage tanks, or splashblocks.

Drop Outlet

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

Eaves Gutter

A roof gutter attached at an eaves overhang.

Elbow

Pre-finished angled piece for directing water flow.

End Cap

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

Expansion Joint

A joint in a long run of cladding, gutter or flashing designed to allow for thermal expansion and contraction.

Fascia

A flat board that runs horizontally along the eaves of a roof, typically capping the ends of the roof rafters to give the roof edge a more finished look and provide a base for attaching gutters.

Gutters

Horizontal channels installed at the edge of a roof to carry rainwater or melted snow away from the house.

Hanger

Flat strap that is installed under the roofing matierial and hold up the horizontal section of the gutter.

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 of a horizontal section of gutter.

Splashblock

Plastic or concrete surface put under a downspout to direct water away from the house

Strap

Flat hangers that are nailed into the house to hold the downspouts in place.

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