Capitol Gutter Blog
Sometimes we get thrown for a loop with an unusual gutter situation and have to come up with a unique solution. Here's an Olympia downspout installation that required a compromise between aethetics and functionality.
The gutter above this covered deck needed a downspout, but we didn't want to drop the downspout where it would obstruct the view. While we could run the downspout behind the support post for the roof, the support for the deck below did not line up. We knew that if we ran the downspout straight to the ground it would be unsupported and like to be accidentally bumped loose. So we built an elbow joint to run the downpout over to the support post and down to the ground.
You might wonder why we didn't create a right angle, rather than a diagonal slope. In order for water and debris to drain properly, there needs to be a slope. Again, while it's not as aethetically pleasing, it's necessary to make the system work properly.
This downspout is much less likely to be damaged by a lawnmower or kids playing in the yard than if we had installed a straight gutter.