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Rain Gutters

Rain gutters are typically made of metal forming a channel or trough along the edge of a roof that directs rainwater to a downspout away from the home or business. The primary purpose of a rain gutter is to protect a building from large concentrations of water getting into the foundation. The rain gutters' downspouts typically disperse the water outwards several feet away from the base of the building.

Rain gutters, which are also known as simply gutters, an eave trough, or eaves channel guttering, are very important for a home. They prevent leaks into basements, protect painted surface from flowing water, reduce erosion, and provide a means in which to collect rainwater.

There are different types of rain gutters. Most gutters seen on homes are externally visible, along the edge of the fascia. However, there are other types of rain gutters such as a box gutter, which is concealed within the structure of the roof. Rain gutters can typically have gutter screens, gutter covers, or gutter filters added to them to keep debris out of the gutter.

Rain gutters can be made from a variety of materials including painted aluminum, cast iron, galvanized steel, vinyl, and copper. It is important to keep rain gutters clean and clear of debris to prevent the buildup and overflow of rainwater. Clogged gutters can cause structural damage to a home or other type of building.