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The 17 Parts of a Roof Gutter (Illustrated Diagrams)

Gorgeous house with roof gutter

Learn about all the different parts of a roof gutter with these 5 diagrams including 3D diagram of an entire gutter system plus close-up cross section illustrations as well as a chart showcasing 24 different gutter shapes.

Boring? Yes. Important, YES. Gutters are an important consideration for your home to help prevent water damage inside and outside of your home. While there are alternatives to gutters, most homes use some form of gutter system.

At some point, you must replace and/or repair your gutters. In order to do this, it helps to have a solid understanding of how gutter systems work and the many parts of a gutter system. Below is a series of gutter diagrams show clearly illustrate all the different parts and mechanisms of the typical house gutter.

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3D Gutter System Diagram

3D custom diagram showcasing all the different parts of a roof gutter

End Cap: The end part that closes the gutter so that water or stray debris won’t flow out.

Drop Outlet: Connects the gutter to the downspout.

Inside Corner: It has an angled outer wall that directs the flow of water into gutter sections.

Straight Connector: Connects troughs to keep the water flow off the roof and away from the property.

Outside Corner: Has two adjoining gutters cut on 45 degree angles.

Downspout: A vertical pipe that carries water away from the house.

Elbow: A bent pipe attached to the end or top of the downspout in order to direct the flow of drainage.

Bracket: Fastens the gutter to the house.

Section: The horizontal length of the gutter that is attached to the house and where runoff water falls into.

Downpipe: A vertical pipe where water goes through from gutters and roof catchments to the drainage.

Ledge Jumper: Directs the flow of water away from the house.

Splash Block: A device that disperses water away from the house.

Gutter Shapes

Chart showcasing the 24 different roof gutter shapes

Box Gutter Illustration

Side view of roof gutter illustrating all the different parts of a gutter

Overflow Outlet: A safety device designed to handle the hydraulic capacity of the gutter and how to discharge of the excess.

Parapet Wall: The wall from the building or house where the gutter is attached.

Gutter: Channels that transport rainwater or snowmelt away from the house.

Top Flashing: Waterproofs the gutter and prevents leaks into the house.

Roofing Batten: A horizontal piece of timber or metal installed on top of the rafters.

Rafter: Diagonal piece of beam supporting the roof.

Shingle: Overlapping tiles used as roof covering.

Gutter Outlet: Attaches the gutter to the downspout.

Downpipe: A vertical pipe where water goes through from gutters and roof catchments to the drainage.

Gutter Boards: Boards under the high point and just above the roof framing.

Box Gutter: Box-like parallel and rectangular rain gutter usually concealed behind a parapet.

Roof Framing: Construction of domestic roof.

Purlin: Horizontal beams that sit on top of the rafters.

Gutter Parapet Detail (Diagram)
Diagram of the parts of parapet detail of gutter

Brick Veneer: Brick covering on a timber frame.

Sealant: Used to prevent the passage of dust, sound, heat, etc.

Gutter Board: Board under the high point and just above the roof framing.

Gutter: Channels that transport rainwater or snowmelt away from the house.

Purlin: Horizontal beams that sit on top of the rafters.

Roof Cladding: The external surface of a roof.

Parapet Post: The vertical wall from the building or house where the gutter is attached.

Joist: Horizontal members supporting the rafters.

Box Gutter Between Two Parallel Roofs

Illustration of a box gutter between two parallel roofs

Shingle: Overlapping tiles used as roof covering.

Underpurlin: Horizontal beams fixed under the rafters.

Rafter: Diagonal piece of beam supporting the roof.

Roofing Batten: A horizontal piece of timber or metal installed on top of the rafters.

Purlin: Horizontal beams that sit on top of the rafters.

Gutter Boards: Boards under the high point and just above the roof framing.

Box Gutter: Box-like parallel and rectangular rain gutter usually concealed behind a parapet.

Roof Framing: Construction of domestic roof.

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Extensive graphic showcasing all the parts and views of a roof gutter

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