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The Anatomy of A Gutter System

Creative Team
Creative Team May 23rd, 2024

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While gutter systems are simple, they are made up of many different moving parts that help the gutter system work at max efficiency. Gutters function as your outdoor plumbing. It’s essential to mitigate that rainwater away from the foundation of your home and roof. Read on to learn what the different components of a gutter system are.


There are a variety of different types of gutters, and C&K specializes in them all. The most popular design for gutters is k-style, half-round, and box style gutters. Gutters exist in many colors, materials, sizes,and shapes. At C&K we do a thorough inspection of your home to make sure the right gutter system is selected for you. Gutters are fabricated in two ways: seams and seamless. Gutters that are pieced together can be purchased at any home improvement store for relatively cheap prices. On the downside, they don’t hold up as long as seamless gutters for numerous reasons. C&K only does seamless gutters ensuring a more durable gutter system and increased longevity.


The primary focus of gutters is to capture any rainfall that flows inside the system, however, the downspouts play a key role in directing that flow of water away from your home’s foundation. We only use premium downspouts made of heavy gauge aluminum similar to that of our gutters. We offer downspouts as small as 3”x4” up to commercial size. Our expert installers can even custom make downspouts for the perfect fit. Downspouts are normally spaced every 30 feet to maximize water evacuation, but having a thorough inspection and estimate is essential for determining your homes’ needs.

End caps

End caps are stoppers placed at either end of a gutter run. You only want water to be expelled from the downspouts, so stopping the flow of water with end caps is essential. This leaves the only path available for water to travel through the downspouts. We crimp our end caps instead of using unsightly screws.

Hidden Hangers

Although screws and bolts are typically used by gutter installers to secure gutters, there are alternative ways to secure gutters other than this conventional method. Given their security and aesthetic appeal, hidden hangars are among the most readily available solutions for reinforcing your gutter system. At C&K we use the best hidden hanger you can get on the market with materials that won’t corrode, rust, or break down. For a seamless connection, these parts simply screw into the gutter’s fascia. Our hangers can hold up to 200 lbs and are rated to last 75 years. We space them 18-24 inches to maximize the support to your gutters.


Elbows are essential in maintaining the effectiveness of your gutters and downspouts. Since downspouts are straight, elbows service to change the direction of the downspout as needed. Similar to how miter strips allow a gutter run to turn, elbows redirect the flow of water from your downspouts. They are called elbows due to their bent shape and come in different sizes, shapes, and angles depending on what complements your home the best.

Gutter Protection

Gutters collect a wide range of objects all year long. Twigs, asphalt grit, vegetation, dirt, and pests are a few things that might block your gutters and impair the proper flow of water. Gutter guards act as a filtration system to protect the gutters, preventing this buildup. In most cases, they keep undesirable debris out and are installed on top of the gutters. In spite of the fact that some debris will eventually gather in the corners of the gutters, gutter guards make sure that the inside of your gutters stay debris free. The premium gutter guard protection we offer has made clogged gutters a thing of the past. The patented technology we use makes it nearly impossible for debris to enter your system and has an added bonus effect of slowing down fast moving water exiting from your roof.

Miter Strips

One of the most important joints in the human arm is the elbow. Miter strips perform a similar purpose in a gutter system by joining adjacent gutter pieces at a corner. Miter strips aid in navigating tricky bends or strange angles that a straight gutter cannot. The most straightforward gutter installs involve linear lines without corners. This scenario is not always possible, and the majority of our installs involve inside and outside corner turns. We prefer to use miter strips instead of miter boxes for several reasons. For one, the miter boxes have three seams water can potentially leak from. The middle seam eventually starts to separate as well. Second, you have less control with manipulating your gutters with miter boxes. Third, miter strips create a more aesthetic and ornamental look to your gutters. The miter boxes don’t look as sleek. We prioritize functionally, but we’ll always do our best to make sure the added curb appeal is there when we can.

Splash shields/guards

We utilize splash shields for inside corners. These areas are susceptible to high flowing water, so we do our best to slow it down by blocking the water from reaching those areas. They sit on the inside corner of the gutter, but they don’t detract from the look of your gutters. We are experts at what we do and always strive to provide the best quality and affordability to our consumers. Our estimates are always complimentary, so don’t hesitate to contact us to see what a new gutter system would cost you: 912-482-1871

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