Did you spend the summer steering the lawn mower away from the downspout? Tired of maneuvering around the downpipe while raking the leaves? Hinged downspouts might be the perfect solution.
A hinged downspout is a downpipe extension that allows you to lift up and fold it out of the way when it’s not being used or it’s in the way while you’re working in the yard. A well-made unit will be designed to remain firmly attached to the body of the downspout extension; is simple to use; and easy to maintain.
Depending on the type of hinge you purchase, the hinge mechanism can be added to your existing downpipe and can fits standard square, rectangular and round downpipe sizes. If the current downpipe doesn’t extend as far away from the house as it should (from 6 to 10 feet), now might be a good time to replace it with a longer downpipe. Keep in mind that while vinyl hinges are available they aren’t as durable, versatile or functional as the ones made of steel or aluminum. Aluminum and steel hinges are typically made to work with aluminum and steel gutter systems.