Planning to install or replace your home’s gutter system? Here are some common terms you should know before discussing with a professional installer.

Common Guttering Terms to Know 

Here is a brief list of some terms we think everyone should know. 


The bracket is a metal or plastic device used to secure the gutters to the building. They come in different shapes and sizes, such as spike-and-ferrule, straps, and hidden hangers. During installation, the handyman will screw a nail through the bracket and into the fascia board to hold the gutter in place.


A downspout is a vertical pipe at the end of a gutter system to carry water away from the building’s foundation. It usually extends from the roofline to the ground level, directing water away from the house.


The process of draining water from the gutters and away from the building is drainage. 

Drip Edge 

A drip edge is a plastic or metal piece under the shingles at the roof’s edge. It forms a ”lip” that helps to channel water into the gutter. 


An eave is the section of the roof that overhangs the walls of a building. It extends beyond the exterior wall and protects the building’s sides from water runoff. 

End Cap

It’s a flat piece of metal or plastic placed at the end of a gutter section to close it. 

Expansion Joint 

An expansion joint is a flexible connector that joins two gutter sections together. It allows the gutters to expand and contract with temperature changes without causing any damage.


The ”fall” is the slope of the gutter. We express it in ratios or degrees. When expressed in ratios, we write it as x:y, where ”x” is the vertical height, and ”y” is the horizontal distance.


Fascia is a long, straight board that runs along the roof’s lower edge. It is usually made of metal or plastic. 


The flashing is a thin metal strip to prevent water from entering the building. It’s installed at joints and seams in the roof, such as the junction of the roof and the chimney or a wall.

Gutter Screen

The gutter screen is a mesh or grille that sits on top of the gutter and prevents leaves, debris, and large objects from entering it. 


The hanger attaches the gutters to the fascia board. They come in different styles and are designed to support the weight of the gutters while also allowing for expansion and contraction with temperature changes.

K Gutters 

A K gutter is a type of gutter with a profile that looks like the letter K. It’s smaller than the standard U gutter. However, both gutters have the same water drainage capacity. 


Miters are angled pieces of gutter material used to connect two gutters at a corner. A guttering company may fabricate miters to provide neat and clean angles when joining gutter sections on-site. 

Seamless Gutter

A seamless gutter is a type of continuous gutter that’s custom-made to fit the exact dimensions of your roof. They’re constructed in one piece with no seams, reducing the chances of leakage. 

Splash Block

A splash block is a flat concrete block placed at the bottom of your downspout to direct water away from your house. It helps prevent soil erosion and foundation damage. 

Let Us Meet Your Gutter-Related Needs 

When you have a reliable guttering company at your service, you don’t have to be nose-deep in the technical jargon of gutters. Let us take care of it for you. At Custom Cut Gutters, we take you through the entire process, from choosing the right gutter type to maintaining your gutters for years to come. Get in touch with us today to discuss your needs. 

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