What is a Gutter?

Definition of a Gutter in Construction

The gutter is the horizontal portion of a drainage system that is normally located at the soffit, eave, or low point of a roof system. A gutter, in construction is any assembly designed to accumulate water and guide this water or other liquid to a downspout or other engineered destination. A gutter on a structure can be built of basically any type of waterproof material, wood, aluminum, vinyl, even metal or a synthetic material. A gutter system can also be used within an industrial facility or another type of manufacturing plant or structure to guide liquid materials to the designed destination. Basically any element on a construction project that accumulates liquid for any purpose can be called a gutter.