Gutter Drainage FAQ

Gutter Guards

What material is the RainDrop Gutter Guard made out of?

While some gutter guards are constructed out of vinyl, RainDrop is made of a unique Polypropylene Blend with added UV stabilizers. Polypropylene is more durable and longer lasting than vinyl or metal, and is meant to be outside in the elements. Benefits of polypropylene include:

  • High melting point of 320 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Does not absorb water
  • Resistant to bacteria
  • High resistance to fatigue
  • Unlikely to shatter
  • Resistant to most oils and solvents
How many years will the RainDrop Gutter Guard last?

RainDrop is constructed with polypropylene and packed with UV stabilizers to help protect it from UV exposure. As a result, they're ultra-strong. In fact, the first RainDrop Gutter Guards were installed in 2000 and still look and perform like new! However, our gutter guards include a 20-year warranty so you can feel confident your home is protected long-term.

What are gutter guards, and why should I install them?

Gutter guards are protective systems designed to prevent debris from clogging your gutters. They help maintain proper water flow, prevent water damage to your home, and reduce the need for frequent gutter cleaning.

While gutter guards aren't strictly necessary, they can significantly reduce maintenance by preventing clogs and prolonging the lifespan of your gutter system.

Do gutter guards require any maintenance after installation?

While gutter guards reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning, they may still require occasional maintenance. We recommend occasionally checking them for debris buildup and cleaning them if necessary. It's also a good idea to periodically check your gutter guards for any damage.

Will installing gutter guards affect the appearance of my home?

Our gutter guards are designed to be unobtrusive and blend seamlessly with your existing gutter system, so they shouldn't significantly alter the appearance of your home.

Can gutter guards be installed on all types of roofs and gutters?

RainDrop Gutter Guards are compatible with most types of roofs and gutters, including asphalt shingle, metal, and tile roofs, as well as K-style and half-round gutters. They can also be used on roofs with various pitches.

Do gutter guards attract pests like birds or insects?

RainDrop gutter guards are designed to keep out debris, including nesting materials that might attract pests, helping to deter birds and insects from nesting in your gutters.

Can RainDrop gutter guards handle heavy rainfall?

Yes, RainDrop gutter guards are designed to handle heavy rainfall and maintain optimal water flow by allowing water to flow freely into the gutter while keeping debris out.

Gutter Downspout Extensions

What are gutter downspout extensions, and why are they necessary?

Gutter downspout extensions are additions to your downspouts that help direct water away from your home's foundation. They are necessary to prevent water damage, erosion, and basement flooding.

How do I know if I need gutter downspout extensions?

If you notice water pooling near your foundation, erosion around your home, or basement flooding during heavy rain, it's a sign that you may need gutter downspout extensions to redirect water away from your home.

What types of gutter downspout extensions are available?

Sure-Dry offers RainChute and RainChute EZ gutter extensions. These gutter extensions feature a durable design that effectively prevents gutter backup. The RainChute is an in-ground gutter extension that is installed at the start of the foundation. The RainChute EZ is an elongated downspout extension that is installed above ground and is garden and landscape-friendly. Our gutter experts will determine the best option for your home and yard.

Can gutter downspout extensions handle heavy rainfall?

Yes, gutter downspout extensions are designed to handle typical rainfall amounts by directing water away from your home's foundation. However, in areas prone to heavy rainfall or flooding, additional measures may be necessary.

Where should gutter downspout extensions be placed for optimal performance?

Extensions should direct water at least 6 feet away from your home's foundation and preferably onto a sloped surface to encourage water runoff away from your property.

Can gutter downspout extensions be installed on all types of gutters and downspouts?

Yes, gutter downspout extensions are compatible with most types of gutters and downspouts, including aluminum, vinyl, and copper, as well as K-style and half-round profiles.

Do gutter downspout extensions attract pests or promote mold growth?

Properly installed extensions that direct water away from your home's foundation help prevent moisture buildup, reducing the risk of pest infestations and mold growth.

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