We frequently get calls from contractors and homeowners concerned about where the downspouts should go. Most have experienced a problem with drainage. Alloy Gutter Company will be happy to meet with you to discuss your best options for downspout placement.
Keep in mind that the primary function of a downspout is to discharge water away from a home’s foundation. Also, it is best to avoid discharging water on to a driveway or sidewalk. Nobody wants an ice rink on the concrete during the winter months.
Because every property is unique, Alloy Gutter Company will advise you of what will work best for your home. Of course, the final choice is always up to you. Give Alloy a call and let a company with over thirty five years of experience help you to make the best choice.
I’m always amazed by all the artsy/creative people out in the blogosphere. They never seem to run out of great ideas. They take the most unlikely objects and turn them into useful things for the home. Recently I went on Pinterest and searched “gutters;” I found gutter projects that are both doable and usable.
Many versions of outdoor planters are shown. Most of these gutter planters are attached to fences or hanging from chains. Herbs seem to be the most widely used plants. Typically, gutters hold rainwater but these now have drainage holes for the plants.
Another idea is to use gutters indoors as bookshelves. The photos often show them in children’s rooms. They can be cut to any length to create custom shelving units.
Can you think of any new uses for gutters? Here at Alloy Gutter Company we are sticking with what we do best; protecting your home’s exterior from moisture damage. However, you if come up with a crafty gutter idea, let us know and Alloy would be happy to share it on this blog!
- What is that pipe sticking out of my downspout and what is it for? It’s an extension and it is used to keep the water away from your foundation.
- Does it need to be so long? A typical extension is 3’ long; 3’ is the recommended length for water discharge. Occasionally, there are special circumstances that warrant longer extensions.
- Why are there nails in my extensions? Your extensions need to be removable so that you can mow the lawn in the discharge area. They are often held in place with a roofer’s nail.
- Are there any extension options? Flip up extensions are available for a nominal charge.