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My girlfriend is really stubborn and doesn’t understand that rain gutters are for channeling rain away from the house. She thinks that they’re made for collecting leaves. Can you just answer this so I can show her that they aren’t for catching leaves but they end up catching leaves.

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7 Responses to “Are rain gutters made for catching leaves?”

  1. Tyranador says:

    They are designed for water. You most definitely *don’t” want leaves in your gutters. They even make special gutters that are designed to keep leaves out. If you have leaves in your gutters, you need to clean them out.

  2. Jack says:

    Haha 🙂
    Yep there for channelling the rain away from your house .
    You really wouldn’t want leaves in your gutter.

  3. Derejkj says:

    Nope its for rain that is why it has a drain tube in it. some house and apartments have gutters but are new where near trees.The main purpose of a rain gutter is to protect a building’s foundation by channeling water away from its base

  4. 18 gibbs 20 says:

    You don’t water water at the base of the foundation of your house. That’s how it makes it’s way into your basement. If you didn’t have gutters and downspouts the water would fall off the roof and sit at the foundation. Not good. The gutters and downspouts channel the water away from the house. Leaves are a problem for gutters. they clog them and keep them from operating efficiently and must be cleaned out yearly. Or you do what I did and put a cap over the gutters to keep the leaves out entirely.

  5. Karen L says:

    Seeing what a good job gutters do of catching leaves, a person could be forgiven for thinking that’s their purpose, but ask her this: what would be the point of catching all those leaves? And catching them in a place you usually need a ladder to get at? If you want leaves, plenty will fall on the ground where they’re easy to get at.

    You are right, as you already know. Gutters are for catching water, in order to channel it away from a house foundation, keeping it from pouring off the roof and down your neck as you walk out a door, and keeping it from falling off the roof edge, landing on the ground and splashing dirt and water back onto the bottom of the house wall. I guess your girlfriend doesn’t know that people have spent a great deal of time and money inventing and installing gutter systems that don’t catch leaves.

  6. emgee says:

    Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, is she?

  7. Passive Agresssor says:

    Ask her why so many companies are making their fortunes selling devices to keep leaves out of gutters, ie “Leaf Guard”, “Gutter Guard” etc. Or make a deal with her that you will clean all the leaves out of the gutters that they catch if she cleans-up all they miss.