Rain Gutter Systems
Traditional rain gutter systems are attached to rooflines and contain the following elements: gutter sections, gutter spikes, facia brackets, ferrules, connectors, end sections, hangers, end caps, elbows, downspouts, downspout clinchers and a shoe. The brackets and spikes connect the gutter sections to the roofline. Connectors join the gutter sections. End caps are placed at the edges of the gutter sections as a way to direct rainwater into the elbow. Rainwater flows through a gutter section, through an elbow to a downspout and drains into the shoe which then drains onto the ground, lawn or driveway.
Earth friendly rain gutter sections can be made from recycled plastic or aluminum. The sections can be found at home improvement stores like Lowe's or Home Depot. At Lowe's or Home Depot earth friendly rain gutters are found alongside traditional raingutters and there really isn't much difference between them. You will need to purchase the necessary spikes, brackets and connectors regardless of eco friendly design.
Rain gutters made from copper and stainless steel are available at retail stores as well as online. Be aware that aluminum and recycled plastic gutters are just as effective and earth friendly as the more expensive copper gutter systems.