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Gutters are a critical component of any roofing system, designed to prevent water from backing up onto your roof or spilling onto your siding and landscape. However, certain parts of your home may not be not suitable for gutter installation or gutter guards. This is where rain diverters come into play.

In today’s post, the experts at Gutter Helmet® of Cookeville take a closer look at the pros and cons of rain diverters.

What Are Rain Diverters?

Rain diverters can be made from many different types of materials, but the most common are aluminum sheets folded over to create a J- or L-profile. This configuration allows the rain diverter to be attached securely underneath roofing shingles and redirect rainwater away from certain areas of the roof where a gutter cannot be placed.

Advantages of Rain Diverters

Typically, you’ll find rain diverters installed above doors and entryways to protect you from getting rained on when entering or exiting your home. These areas are often too narrow or too low to be covered by a full gutter system. The devices divert rainwater to a safe area or into another gutter where the flow can be handled and disposed of at a safe distance from your home.

Disadvantages of Rain Diverters

The biggest disadvantage is their appearance. Installing an aluminum diverter, even one that matches the rest of your roof, breaks the uniformness of a roof field. As another downside, rain diverters can be prone to ice dam formation during the winter. While rain diverters can play a useful role, they are not a substitute for a gutter system.

Keep your home protected with our gutter guards at Gutter Helmet of Cookeville, your leading provider of high-performance gutter protection systems. Give us a call at (866) 985-9982 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a service visit or to learn more about our gutter protection products and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Cookeville, TN.