The 8 Best Gutter Elbows
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in July of 2019. Gutter elbows play a crucial role in a building's rainwater disposal system. Wherever a downspout must change direction, an elbow is needed. At the ground level, they channel water away from a structure, preventing expensive foundation damage. We've included models made of different materials, with some that have preformed angles and others that are flexible and extendable. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
August 06, 2019:
Before purchasing a gutter elbow, take note of what direction you'd like to divert water toward.
This is where an important distinction shoppers should be aware of comes into play. Models labeled style A will angle a downspout frontwards or backwards when installed. In contrast, style B models will angle a downspout sideways when installed. Obviously, this specification does not apply to the Flex-Drain line, which can be set in any direction.
While this specification didn't bear too much on our ranking, we made sure that the top spot was occupied by a model that is available in both styles.
Another factor to pay close attention to is the material an elbow is made of. Anyone afraid that a weed whacker or other landscaping implement might damage a gutter elbow should opt for a model made of metal, like the Amerimax 49065. On the other hand, vinyl models, such as the Genova Products AW201A, are typically less expensive and easier to install.
If you'd like to provide a runway for castoff rainwater after it leaves the gutter elbow, consider buying a splash block.