Gutter System Breakdown

Gutters. We know we need them, and most of us have them. But do you know what you’re paying for? Do you know how they work? Here’s a quick breakdown of the ins and outs of your gutters system: 


The downspout is an important part of the gutter system. It is the vertical attachment that transports rainwater from the gutter, down and away from your home’s foundation. The water then goes into the splash block which funnels the water away from your home.


The elbow to a gutter is similar in shape to the elbow in your arm when it’s bent. It allows for rainwater to run seamlessly from the gutter to the downspout. 


Is a horizontal, straight board that runs along the lower edge of the roof. It is fixed directly to the lower ends of the roof trusses and rafters. Fascia typically supports the lower edge of the tiles. In many cases, it holds the rain gutters as well. The fascia and soffit work to complement your rafters and provide energy efficiency for your home. 

Splash block 

Rainwater flowing from your downspout is running much faster and in larger quantities than raindrops on your roof. A splash block helps to interrupt the speed and amount and flow at a slower and more controlled rate into your yard. It keeps the rainwater from spitting out at the base of your home and deteriorating your foundation. 

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What is Fascia Board and why does it matter?

It can be apparent when a home needs new gutters. Signs of gutter damage can include an overflow of water and small ditches along side outer walls of the home. When it rains, it pours and the yard and foundation pay the price. What many are not aware of is the extent of damage to your fascia and soffit boards hidden behind the gutters.

What is it, why should I care? 

Fascia is part of your roofing system that is used to create a barrier between the outside and the edge of the roof. Fascia can typically be seen from the street level. The finished surface below the fascia and rafters is referred to as the soffit or eave. 

Fascia and soffit are typically made from wood materials. Being so, they can and will rot. You may be wondering what this has to do with Gutters. Typically, gutters are mounted to the Fascia board. So, while needing new gutters may be apparent, the surprise may come when once the gutter has been removed and  rotten fascia and/or soffit is found.

What does this mean?

When your fascia and/or soffit are rotten, they no longer provide a stable base for gutters. They also pose a risk for mold and mildew that can spread down the side of your home, and pose a risk for potential roof leaks. 

How can we help? 

When Duckworth Gutters comes out for a gutter installation job, they come fully prepared to replace fascia and soffit where needed, thus ensuring a secure, job-well-done.

How does it all work together? 

Purpose of Rain Gutters

What is the purpose of Gutters? 

A form of Rain Gutter has been around since 3000 – 1500BC. There is evidence that the Harrappan Civilization used a form of rain gutter to keep water from ruining their homes. We see gutters take on many different names throughout history, such as the greeks use, with gargoyles. Almost as long as we have had roofs over our heads and rain from the sky, we have acknowledged the need to funnel water from our roofs to prevent damage to our homes and foundation.

Benefits of proper gutter installations:

  • Prevents erosion of the soil around your home
  • Helps to keep your foundation solid 
  • Prevents roof damage
  • Prevents mold from developing on the outside of your home
  • Aids in keeping your crawl space and basement dry and mold free
  • Create great “curb appeal” to your home! 

Where do I begin? 

In Georgia, it rains. It rains in Spring, in Fall, and most of the time, it rains (instead of snows) in the Winter! Don’t wait until you already have a problem. If your home is without gutters or is in need of a new gutter system installment, give Duckworth Gutters a call and we will be happy to set you up with a free consultation and quote.