Quieter rain gutters

Old 02-02-01, 05:17 AM
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We had aluminum rain gutters/downspouts installed a couple of years ago, and they seem to transmit a lot of noise into the house when the rain runs through the downspouts. Is there another type of gutter/downspout material available that would be quieter? Or is there a thicker aluminum I should consider? I've heard of running a rope into the downspout to help wick the water, but this seems like a temporary fix. The house is in the Midwest, and we get a little snow sometimes if that's a factor.

Thanks a lot for any advice.
Old 02-02-01, 11:43 PM
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Can you tell exactly where in the downspout the noise is coming from? My guess is that it is at the bottom, where the last elbow turns away from the house. Two very easy fixes for that. First is to remove that elbow. You can slip a length of 3" ADS over the downspout to divert the water away from the house. Need to end the downspout about a foot above teh ground to be able to bend the ADS in an 75 to 90 degree angle. The other solution is to put one of those sponges with the green scouring pads attached in the bottom of the elbow. Use a polyurethane caulking (Vulkem 116) to adhere it in place, scouring pad side down. Cut it to fit the width of the elbow.

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