Downspouts are used to help transfer the water from your roof and down to the ground. From here the rainwater either soaks into the ground or is transferred to other stormwater runoff systems around your property. Proper downspout systems direct the water several feet away from your house’s foundation to ensure no water makes its way into your house.
When asked by customers how many downspouts will be needed, we generally follow the one downspout per 20 feet rule of thumb. However, more or fewer downspouts may be required depending on the pitch of your roof, the size of your roof, the number of floors of your building, and other variables in your property’s structure.
Dangers of Poorly Designed Downspouts:
Poorly designed or installed gutters and downspouts can cause rainwater to pool around the base of the home or back up into the gutters. This can lead to serious damage to the roof, siding, fascia boards and foundation, and even lead to basement flooding and damage to the home’s interior.
Often times, we recommend downspout extensions. These can vary in sizes ranging from three to twenty feet long. The purpose of a downspout extension is often to redirect rainwater. Sometimes downspouts will spit water out at the base of a house while can cause damage to the foundation of your home along with the surrounding landscape.
Inspect Copper Downspouts Regularly
Downspouts should be inspected regularly to ensure they are working properly. This will avoid long term damage to your home.
Style and Design
A home with copper gutters simply would not look cohesive if its downspouts were not copper as well. Downspouts can and should be installed with your gutters. Downspouts can be repaired and replaced individually without replacing the whole gutter.
Our biggest reason for our recommendation one copper downspouts is the longevity of their life. Like Copper gutters, these features to your home could last anywhere from 50-150 years depending on how well they are maintained throughout the years.
If you are not willing to make the complete jump to a full set of copper gutters then downspouts are an excellent starting point. They are much cheaper than the entire copper set and are a good test drive for your satisfaction with copper accessories on your home.
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