Common Gutter Terms

If you are interested in new gutters or making your gutters clog free, it is important to understand gutter installation terms you may come across. At LeafGuard we want our customers to be as informed as possible so you can feel confident in your gutter choice. Here are a list of commonly used terms and their meanings.


A shallow trough that is installed beneath the edge of a roof to carry away rainwater and can be made out of a variety of material including wood, plastic, copper and aluminum.

Gutter Protection

Screens, mesh, hoods, and other toppers that are on gutters and are designed to keep leaves and other debris out of your gutters to prevent clogs.


A waterspout that is attached to the end of your gutters and goes down to ground level. It carries rainwater away from your home to somewhere where it will be less damaging.


A piece of wood that is placed horizontally right below your roof and is where your gutters are usually installed.

Gutter Hangers

These are metal pieces used to install your gutters to the fascia and hold them open more securely. Leafguard uses screws to attach these to your fascia board.

Gutter Guards

A type of gutter protection that goes over your gutters in order to keep leaves and other debris from clogging your gutters.

Ice Damming

When water gets backed up in your gutters and on to your roof and freezes. This can cause major damage to your roof.


The removal of surplus water, this is done on a home by gutters, the roof pitch, and downspouts.

Seamless Gutter

A gutter that is made up of a single piece for the length of the home. LeafGuard is a seamless gutter that is made on site and customized to your home.