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Most homes have a gutter system that diverts rain away from the roof and down to the ground. While this is the gutter's main purpose, many homeowners like having them installed to keep water from pouring off the roof over the windows and doorways. Not only do the home's occupants get drenched every time they leave or enter if the home has no gutters, but the falling water can also freeze the porch steps. While Greenwich roofing contractors recommend that a gutter system be installed, rain diverters can also be used divert water away from the windows and doors.

Rain diverters can be made from sheet metal, but premade diverters are easier to install and often work better. These rain diverters are made into a converted "V" shape and fit under the last row of asphalt shingles. The "V" curve catches the water and diverts it to either side of the doorway or window.

Installing rain diverters is a simple process. The shingles over the doorway are very carefully lifted up without breaking the seal. The long side of the diverter is placed underneath the length of the shingle. The roofer will then nail the diverter into place with several roofing nails. Roofing cement is then put onto the tops of the nails and underneath the shingle if the seal is accidentally broken.

An expert roofer at Sound Renovation of Greenwich can assist you with any questions regarding asphalt roofing or metal roofing.

The diverter can be tested by running a garden hose.

Rain diverters can also be used to collect rainwater as it runs down the downspout if the home already has a gutter system. This is useful if the homeowner is collecting rainwater to use for gardening, car washing or storage. The rain diverter comes as a complete piece that just needs to be attached to the downspout. After the rain barrel and the base are installed, a fine toothed saw can then be used to cut the downspout. The top cut should be made even with the top of the rain barrel. A section of the downspout that equals the length of the rain diverter is then cut out. After the rain diverter is installed, a pipe can be used to connect the diverter to the rain barrel.

Whenever rain diverters are being installed in the roof or downspouts, it is recommended that an expert roofer be involved with the project. This way, the roof and the gutter system will not be damaged. Additionally, damages to the roof may be avoided.

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