Everyone seems to know a lot about gutters. The same cannot be said about downspouts. People know little about them. That explains why some unscrupulous gutter and downspout installation companies often rip off homeowners. Simply go online and learn one or two things about downspouts before contacting any service provider for installation or repairs. Read on to find out basic things you should know about them.
Downsputs are more of less like gutters as far as making changes on them is concerned. They can be modified to perform specific functions. This can be done by incorporating downspout accessories such as adapters. Speaking of downspout adapters, there are two main types of downspout adapters; the offset downspout adapter used to provide an even transitions from downspouts to different drain locations. Then there is the flush downspout adapter. It allows water to pass direction from the gutter into the drainage or pipeline.
The above mentioned adapters are pretty much popular amongst gutter installation experts. But they are not as common as rain barrel, splash block and flex elbow downspout accessories. The flex elbow accessory is used to join downspouts and gutters. It can also be used to redirect downspouts to other accessories like rain drains and rain barrels. Then there are splash blocks which are just as important. They are often installed on where flex elbow installation is somehow a problem. They can direct rain water with ease away from the foundation.
Learning about all the aforementioned accessories is of course a process. It takes time. So be patient as you learn. That way, you can always shop for gutters and downspouts as an informed homeowner. Do not worry if you still want to buy gutters and downspouts with little or no knowledge as to how the work and how to shop for them. Consider having a gutter and downspouts installation or repair expert accompany you to home improvement store.