Why You Need Gutters and Downspouts

April 13, 2020

Every home has gutters and downspouts, but what do they really do?

Considering gutters and downspouts is likely not of mind when designing your dream home, but they serve an essential purpose.

Gutters and downspouts will help protect your roof and the foundation of your home from water damage. The goal of gutters and downspouts is to move water away from your home quickly to avoid ponding or pooling, which can result in significant water damage to your foundation, and interior leaks.

There are several material types and styles of gutters to choose from for your home. The style and material you select will depend on your budget and your needs. 

Gutter styles

  • Seamless: Seamless gutters are what as they would seem – manufactured and installed as one seamless system along your roof.
  • Sectional: Sectional gutters are most common on homes today. Gutters are manufactured (often on-site) and installed in sections, which means there will be several seams along your roof. 

Gutter materials

  • Vinyl: Vinyl is a very popular material type for gutters. It is inexpensive to manufacture and install. More than that, it’s a proven material that can last a long time when well maintained.
  • Aluminum: A popular option for gutters is aluminum. It is both durable and long-lasting. Aluminum gutters are often zinc-coated, which makes them resistant to corrosion.
  • Steel: Likely the most durable gutter material available is steel. While the most durable, steel is also the heaviest option. If you are considering steel gutters, they are a good investment. 

Gutter Covers

If new gutters are not something you are willing or able to afford, gutter covers are a great option. Several different gutter cover options provide added protection, from a simple mesh cover to complete 1- and 2-piece systems. Each is designed to prevent leaves, tree branches, and overall debris from entering the gutters and clogging the gutters or downspouts, which can result in water ponding or entering your home.


Depending on the material you choose, gutters and downspouts are available in a wider variety of colors. You choices should not be limited to white, cream, or mill (shiny metal) finish but that will depend from where you buy them. A large home improvement store will likely offer less color choice than a company that specializes in gutters and downspouts. 


Most gutters can and should last approximately 20 years, so replacement should happen around every 18-20 years. Gutters can last even longer, however, with regular and proper care.


Regular maintenance such as gutter and downspout cleaning and repair is the best way to ensure your home maintains its good condition. It is essential not only to remove debris from your gutters regularly but also to ensure your downspouts are clean. Many homeowners overlook downspouts, but this is the last resistance area to quickly moving water away from your home. Wider downspouts are a great idea if you are looking to replace your gutters and downspouts as they will more quickly move water from the gutters and away from your home.

If you are replacing your roof, your roofing contractor will clean the gutters as part of the roof replacement process. At Metro City Roofing, our experienced staff and crew will inspect your roof and exterior of the home, including your gutters and downspouts. We will communicate whether gutter repair or replacement is needed. Contact us today for your free inspection.