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Tips for Downspout Placement During Your DIY Siding Project


Installing gutters and downspouts is one of your last steps when tackling a DIY siding project. Many people hire a guttering contractor with a seamless gutter machine to fabricate and install gutters and downspouts. Seamless gutters can coordinate with your siding trim color, and minimal seams can reduce you chance of springing a leak. But, if you want to handle your DIY siding project from start to finish, here are some things you should know about downspout placement.

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Your DIY Siding Project and Downspout Placement

Downspouts move water off your roof and away from your home. Unless you use copper gutters and downspouts, you probably want your gutters and downspouts to blend in with your house and be inconspicuous.

Downspouts usually run down the corner trim of a home, but, after a heavy rain, a downspout can discharge quite a bit of water. So, install them away from places where people walk on a regular basis. In winter, location is a safety issue because discharged water on walkways and driveways can freeze.

You have several options where the downspout terminates at ground level. Water that remains near the foundation can eventually leak into your home. Here are some ways to move the water away:

  • Use a splash block
  • Install an elbow and a short piece of drain tile day-lighted away from the foundation
  • Tie all your downspouts together below grade with drain tile--then, drain them in a swale or culvert

If you use below grade drain tile, remember to slope it. That way, water doesn't sit in the pipe and become stagnant.

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