A gutter is a gutter, right? There's more to gutters than meets the eye. A rain gutter is a narrow channel, or trough, forming the component of a roof system which collects and diverts rainwater shed by the roof. The main purpose of a rain gutter is to protect a building's foundation by channeling water away from its base. They also help to reduce erosion, prevent leaks in basements and crawlspaces protect painted surfaces by reducing exposure to water, and provide a means to collect rainwater for later use in years past. Water collected by a rain gutter is fed, usually via a downspout from the roof edge to the base of the building where it is either discharged or collected. A collection system strategy for water carried from rain gutters may include underground drains, cement displacement, or lawn runoff. In the late 1800’s gutter system downspouts were used primarily as a way to collect water for drinking and bathing. Looking to the future, collection of rainwater is now resurging as a way to maintain lawns & gardens by using the collected water, thus reducing a home’s water consumption and saving natural resources in droughts and arid climates.
There are several vital factors that can affect the performance of your gutter system. That's why rain gutters come in a wide variety of configurations. Here at Trela Roofing & Remodeling we specialize in all aspects of the roofing system. Let us customize a gutter system that will protect your home, make your life easier, and give you in of mind in the harsh Chicago climates.
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