LeafFilter’s Gutter Glossary is a resource that is designed to help homeowners understand the different parts of gutters and how they play an important part in protecting your home. Click on the term below to learn more about a specific term:

Clogged gutters occur when gutters become full of leaves, shingle grit, twigs, and debris. Clogged gutters can create serious problems for homeowners such as soffit and fascia rot, roof damage, foundation damage, basement flooding, landscape erosion, and more.

A downspout extension is an add-on to your gutter system that is designed to guide water from your home’s second story gutters to your first story’s gutters.

A drip edge is a part of a gutter guard system that ensures the front side of the gutter remains clean in any weather condition. In a high-quality gutter guard system such as LeafFilter, any sort of debris is diverted away from the gutter over the drip edge.

A fascia board is a type of roof trim that is typically used on houses. It is mounted on the ends of rafter or the top of exterior walls in order to create a layer between the outside and edge of the roof.

In the event that water accumulates around your home, the foundation may be at risk. Foundation erosion damage can occur when clogged gutters mishandle the flow of rain water. Erosion can weaken your home by gradually removing layer by layer of foundation until it cracks and starts to leak.

A gutter bracket supports hanging gutters. The bracket is usually secured when a screw or large nail is placed through the bracket and onto a house surface.

Gutter cleaning is important to avoid gutter clogs that can lead to costly damages and annoyances down the road. However, gutter cleaning can be avoided for life with a professionally installed gutter guard system such as LeafFilter.

A gutter guard is intended to keep debris and leaves out of your gutters to prevent them from clogging. There are multiple types of gutter covers on the market, however, most of them are ineffective. The best type of gutter protection is a micromesh gutter guard that does require installation under your first row of shingles. LeafFilter has been rated the #1 gutter guard on the market by the leading consumer reporting agency.

Gutter heaters are intended to help the snow melt in order to prevent ice dams. Unfortunately, gutter heaters are extremely ineffective at fighting against ice dams, since ice dams are more of a heat loss from your home problem.

Gutter installation and gutter guards should be handled by professionals. The installation crew at LeafFilter can assess the condition of your gutters and discuss recommendations for your specific home, installing new seamless gutters if needed.

If you experience mold or water leakage in your basement, standing water or rust in your gutters, issues with your home’s foundation, or gutters that are pulling away from your home, gutter replacement is necessary.

Another term for “gutters”. Gutters are metal troughs attached to your home’s roof line designed to remove rainwater from your roof and away from your home’s foundation.

House gutters are one of the most vital aspects of your home. Reliable house gutters can save you from significant expenses and dangerous gutter maintenance.  A dependable gutter guard system like LeafFilter can keep your house gutters in tip-top condition.

Ice dams may form on the gutters or the lower edge of the roof and cause water to pool and eventually seep into a home. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams when they prevent water from draining.

Micro mesh gutter guards are completely sealed and keep all possible debris out of your gutters.

The main purpose of rain gutters is to divert water away from your home’s basement and foundation. Rain gutters are also known as rain catchers and are an essential part of a roofing system.

Hence their name, seamless gutters have no seams. Gutters with no seams help prevent leaks and ensure that water is carried away from your home. This minimizes excessive water that can damage your basement or home’s foundation.

Soffit is the material forming a ceiling from the top of an exterior wall on a house to the outer edge of the room. It bridges the gap between a home’s roofline and siding.

Water damage can occur when your gutters become clogged. Water will pour over the side of your home. It is a common and costly problem that homeowners face.