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Eavestrough vs Gutters: What Are the Differences

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Roofing Services
Mar 08, 2024

When talking about houses, especially roofing, you'll likely encounter the terms "eavestroughs" and "gutters." Since they are found in the same areas of your home, you might wonder if they are interchangeable words for the same thing or if they are distinct components with unique functionalities. This blog will examine the two terms and see if there are actual differences (hint: there are).

Eavestroughs vs. Gutters: The Difference

As mentioned above, eavestroughs and gutters are integral to your home's water management. They are designed to manage rainwater runoff and protect the structure from water damage. Essentially, they serve the same purpose—to collect rainwater from the roof and direct it away from the foundation.


Eavestroughs, also known as rain gutters, are typically installed along the edge of the roof, following the line of the eaves. They are usually made of metal, such as aluminum or steel, and come in various shapes and sizes to accommodate different roof designs, hence the term eavestrough. Eavestroughs collect rainwater as it flows down the roof and channel it towards downspouts, guiding the water away from the building's foundation.


When looking at gutters, they serve the function of collecting rainwater and preventing it from pooling around the foundation and are also installed along the roofline connected to downspouts to redirect water away from the building. Sounds familiar? The term "gutters" is commonly used in certain regions, while "eavestroughs" may be preferred in others, the basic concept remains consistent.

What Are the Benefits of Eavestroughs and Gutters?

Both eavestroughs and gutters are crucial in protecting the structural integrity of your home by directing rainwater away from the foundation. Allowing rainwater to pool close to your home can have dire consequences, such as basement flooding, erosion, and water damage to the exterior walls, leading to potentially costly repairs and hassle. Additionally, they can enhance the aesthetic appeal of a property by providing a neat and organized drainage solution.


The terms eavestroughs and gutters are often used interchangeably because they serve the same purpose. However, as the saying goes, every eavestrough is a gutter, but not every gutter is an eavestrough. The term "gutter" has several meanings, among them the side of the road where water is funnelled after a rainstorm or melting snow. So, while it has the same purpose, it's not an eavestrough in that instance.

Hiring a Professional Eavestrough Contractor

In conclusion, while eavestroughs and gutters may have different names, their primary function remains consistent—to manage rainwater runoff and protect the building from water damage. Whether you refer to them as eavestroughs or gutters, proper installation and maintenance are essential to ensure optimal functionality.

Professional gutter (or eavestrough) installation can go a long way if you want to ensure high durability and long-term performance. An experienced contractor will inspect your home to determine the right type, material and design for your needs and ensure it is installed correctly.

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Call us at 289-277-4937 or fill out our convenient online form to find out how we can help you with all roofing services.


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