Gutters are necessary in order to protect your foundation and roof from wear and damage. If you have plain gutters, downspouts, and drains, you may want to give them an attractive makeover. The improvements can even be done with rain collection systems that you add to your gutters. Here are some ways that you can spruce up your gutters and their drainage to make them more attractive:
1. Premium Gutter Materials For A More Attractive Appearance
Conventional gutters are just bent sheet metal, which have a general colored finish. Today, there are many options for premium gutter systems. The gutters can even be hidden inside the eaves on your roof, but this will require some changes--like the installation of plumbing for the downspout drains. Other options that you may want to consider include premium copper gutters or custom wood gutters. If you choose to use wood gutters, have the inside of the gutter lined with sealant material to prevent rot and decay of the wood.
2. Replacing Downspouts With Attractive Rain Chains or Hiding Them With Plumbing
The downspouts of gutters are often unsightly additions to the exterior of your home. You may want to improve the appearance by replacing the downspouts with rain chains, which are a series of cups or pots made of any type of material that allow water to cascade down. The rain chains are a common feature in Japan and can be a great way to make your gutters attractive. Another option you may want to consider is to hide the downspouts with plumbing that can be hidden in the eaves and inside the wall cavity.
3. Adding Rain Collection To Gutters In An Attractive Way
Rain collection systems are a useful resource for outdoors, but sometimes they can be unattractive. Consider attractive solutions like using oak barrels or a rain basin for your water collection system. A rain basin is great with rain chains and are attractive when you add rocks to the top. The rocks on top of rain basins also have a practical purpose; they act as a filter for rain collection. Install a small pump and pipes to use the rain collection water for irrigation and outdoor chores.
These are some tips that will help you add attractive improvements to your gutters and their drainage. If you are ready to add attractive improvements to the exterior of your home, contact a plumbing products service to get everything you need to create drainage basins and rain collection systems that are attractive and useful.