Gutter accessories may be considered unnecessary by some homeowners, but, in certain cases, they can be useful. Rain diverters and rain barrel diverters are two commonly used accessories, but are often mistaken for each other. Exterior Building Solutions, your go-to company for commercial roof installation services in the state, elaborates on the difference between the two below.
Rain Diverters and Unsightly Gutters
Gutters are an essential part of any roof, but some may find them unsightly. Using rain diverters, homeowners can minimize gutters’ disruption to their exterior’s aesthetics. These inconspicuous strips of metal are installed in the more visible parts of your roof; they divert rainwater toward the downspouts, effectively acting as a stand-in for your gutters.
Rain diverters shouldn’t be used as a replacement for gutters. However, they can act as a pseudo-front porch for your house. Having one of your local roofing contractors install rain diverters above the front door can help keep you dry while you look for your keys or go out the door.
Rain Barrel Diverters and Rainwater Overflows
Whereas rain diverters primarily have a cosmetic purpose, rain barrel diverters serve a more functional one. Some homeowners install rain barrels to store rainwater for future use. Once the rain barrels are full, the rain barrel diverters redirect the overflow back to the downspout, preventing the stored rainwater from overflowing onto the pavement.
In these cases, gutter accessories mainly serve to reinforce the protection provided by your gutters. Anything that can prevent moisture damage to your roof or foundation is worth the investment, considering the costs of roof repairs and replacements.
Exterior Building Solutions is a contractor with more than 25 years’ worth of experience and offers commercial and residential roofing service. To get a free roofing analysis, call (314) 729-7663, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in St Louis, MO.