US20080141595A1 - Rain gutter accessory - Google Patents

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US20080141595A1
US20080141595A1 US11946126 US94612607A US2008141595A1 US 20080141595 A1 US20080141595 A1 US 20080141595A1 US 11946126 US11946126 US 11946126 US 94612607 A US94612607 A US 94612607A US 2008141595 A1 US2008141595 A1 US 2008141595A1
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An accessory for a rain gutter which directs over-flowing rain water away from the front face of a gutter is described. The accessory extends along the front wall of the gutter and also serves to cover any unsightly stains or discolorations along the upper edge of the gutter. The rain gutter accessory can be easily and quickly attached to new or existing rain gutters, by merely snapping the accessory into place. Also described are combinations of the rain gutter accessory and a rain gutter, and one-piece units of the accessory and gutter.

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    CROSS REFERENCES TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application claims priority upon U.S. provisional application Ser. No. 60/874,521, filed on Dec. 11, 2006.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • The presently disclosed embodiments are directed to the field of rain gutters or other water collecting troughs typically provided along the rooflines of buildings.
  • The typical rain gutter on a residential building consists of a U-shaped, roll-formed length of aluminum cut to match the length of the eave. Rain gutters, either for residential or commercial buildings, can also be fabricated using polymeric materials such as polyvinyl chloride or other metals such as copper. A continuous gutter is usually installed with longitudinally spaced anchor nails. The nails pierce through the walls of the gutter and extend through spacer tubes into the vertical fascia board and the ends of the supporting rafters of the building. This typical rain gutter is designed to collect rain water or melting snow from the building roof and transport it to downspouts located at low points along the length of the rain gutter, which then carry the rain water to or below ground level.
  • The outer face or facade of most rain gutters is finished or painted to provide a decorative or colored appearance. However, after a period of time the outer face of most rain gutters often becomes stained from dirty water or other contaminants flowing over the outer wall of the rain gutter. Over-flowing gutters can occur as a result of a variety of situations such as for example, heavy downpours during storms, gutters that are clogged or otherwise blocked, and uneven water flows from roof regions. As a result of over-flowing gutters, the region of the gutter front face at which the over flow occurs, often becomes stained, discolored, or otherwise blemished.
  • As will be appreciated, it is undesirable for the outer faces of rain gutters to deteriorate from their initial, newly finished and attractive appearance. Rain gutters, besides serving an important function of water diversion and transport, also provide an aesthetic function as they are visible along the rooflines of the building or home on which they are installed. Deteriorating gutters can become a significant eyesore, particularly for expensive or relatively new homes.
  • Various attachments for rain gutters are known. For example, U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,652,112 and 7,066,618 describe various light strips that attach to rain gutters. These patents describe assemblies for attaching light strings, such as decorative holiday lighting, to rain gutters or building overhangs. Although satisfactory, these light strings and their attachments do not address the problem of diminishing aesthetics of the rain gutter, and particularly deterioration as a result of staining or discoloration.
  • Another type of rain gutter attachment is a generally horizontal cover placed on the gutter which serves to keep debris such as leaves and twigs from entering the rain gutter. Typically, these covers include screened regions which serve to allow water to pass into the rain gutter, while preventing debris from doing so. At least one of these debris covers includes a monolithic outer drip edge for the gutter, as described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,375,379. The '379 patent describes this cover, shown in FIGS. 1-3 as item 45, as including an outer portion 52 integrally formed with the rain gutter cover 45. The monolithic outer portion 52 extends outward slightly beyond the outer edge of the rain gutter before it curves downwardly, which according to the '379 patent, serves to deflect leaves, sticks and other debris for dropping from the outer edge portion 52. Although satisfactory for deflecting such debris, the outer edge portion 52 of the rain gutter cover 45 does not serve to effectively cover the front face of the rain gutter, thereby leaving that front face exposed.
  • In addition, the projecting outer portion 52 of the rain gutter cover 45 described in the '379 patent would likely interfere when periodic maintenance requires roof access by way of an extension ladder or similar means. Typically, during these operations, an extension ladder is leaned up against the rain gutter. For the cover described in the '379 patent, the outer portion 52 would interfere with the rain gutter's support of a ladder. The outwardly projecting outer portion 52 would likely deform or worse, possibly fracture under the force from a ladder placed alongside. After ladder removal, the outer portion 52 might return to its original, non-deflected shape. However, in the event that the outer portion 52 did not return to its original shape, it would no longer extend along a straight line along the eave and/or the rain gutter and thus would appear as unsightly. And, if the outer portion 52 cracked or broke, such as might be likely in cold temperatures, the homeowner would then be faced with having to replace the assembly.
  • In addition, it is believed that although such covers as those described in the '379 patent would likely prevent clogging of the rain gutter, it is also possible that such covers would actually promote staining of the gutter front face. Covers extending over the open interior of a rain gutter, can retain leaves and other matter, which in turn can promote staining of the gutter front face as water drips downward from the collecting layers of leaves and other organic matter on the gutter covers.
  • Moreover, it is not always necessary or desired to install covers such as cover 45 shown in the '379 patent, onto rain gutters. For example, for homes that are not near trees or other overhead greenery, such covers are generally not needed. Thus, the rain gutter cover system of the '379 patent is simply not needed, nor appropriate.
  • Artisans have also devised assemblies that are fitted over existing rain gutters to completely cover the outer surface of the gutter, presumably to provide a simple means for hiding unsightly gutters; and in certain versions, to also provide a screen that extends over the upwardly directed, open face of the gutter. Such an assembly is described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,314,685. The '685 patent describes a device that has the same or nearly the same cross-sectional shape as the gutter of interest. The device is then attached by simply snapping the assembly into place, over the existing gutter. The '685 patent also describes various versions of the assembly that can hang from rails that are attached to the gutters. Although offering an alternative to stained or unsightly gutters, the assembly of the '685 patent is either as large as the gutter itself, or requires a relatively large number of components and thus involves a labor intensive and time-consuming installation. In addition, for the versions of the device that include the screen cover, the previously noted tendency for staining from organic matter collecting on the screen would likely occur.
  • Furthermore, after a period of time, the front faces of gutters that are stained or discolored can corrode or otherwise become prone to pitting and oxidation. Such pitting and oxidation makes it practically impossible to paint the gutter in order to improve its appearance. This further detracts from the overall appearance and serviceability of a gutter system. Further deterioration of a gutter system often requires that the entire gutter system or at least portions thereof, be replaced.
  • Accordingly, a need exists in the art for a relatively simple and expedient manner by which stained or otherwise unattractive rain gutter faces can be covered, without the attendant problems of excessive cost, tedious and labor intensive installation, and/or the potential for stain-causing organic matter to collect along the upper region of the gutter. In addition, a need exists for a gutter accessory that would not interfere with placement of a ladder alongside the accessory and gutter and/or that was not prone to deformation or cracking.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The difficulties and drawbacks associated with previous-type systems are overcome in the present method and apparatus for a rain gutter accessory, and a system comprising a rain gutter and a corresponding accessory.
  • In a first aspect, the present invention provides a rain gutter accessory adapted for attachment to a rain gutter having a plurality of walls that define an upwardly directed open face. The plurality of walls include a generally vertical inner wall for contacting a building to which the rain gutter is attached, an outer wall spaced from the inner wall, and a bottom wall extending between the inner wall and the outer wall. The outer wall defines a distal edge region that includes a generally vertical nailer portion extending upward from the outer wall, an inwardly directed return flange, and a top wall extending between and connecting the nailer portion and the return flange. The rain gutter accessory comprises a hinge portion defining a channel sized and configured to receive the return flange of the rain gutter upon attachment of the rain gutter accessory to the rain gutter. The rain gutter accessory also comprises a top portion extending from the hinge portion, the top portion defining an interior face directed toward the top wall of the rain gutter upon attachment of the accessory to the gutter. The rain gutter accessory further comprises a drip guide extending transversely from the top portion. Upon attachment of the accessory to the gutter, the top portion extends alongside and covers the nailer portion of the gutter so that the accessory (i) at least partially overlays the distal edge region of the rain gutter, (ii) is entirely supported on the outer wall of the gutter, and (iii) does not extend across the open face of the gutter.
  • In another aspect, the present invention provides a rain gutter accessory comprising a thin, planar decorative drip guide; a top planar portion transversely oriented with respect to the drip guide, and extending therefrom; a hinge portion defining a channel directed toward the drip guide; and a planar retaining member spaced from and oriented parallel to the top portion. The hinge portion extends between the top portion and the retaining member. And, the retaining member defines a distal edge member that extends toward the top portion. The rain gutter accessory can be attached to a rain gutter by urging an upper edge region of an outer wall of the rain gutter into the channel defined by the hinge portion of the rain gutter accessory.
  • In yet another aspect, the present invention provides a rain gutter and accessory system comprising a rain gutter and a rain gutter accessory. The rain gutter includes an inner wall, an outer wall spaced from the inner wall, and a bottom wall extending between the inner wall and the outer wall, to thereby define an upwardly directed open face for receiving rain. The outer wall includes a nailer portion extending from an upper region of the outer wall, a top wall transversely extending from the nailer portion, and a return flange defined along an inwardly directed edge of the top wall. The accessory is adapted for attachment to the rain gutter and includes a drip guide, a hinge portion defining a U-shaped channel spaced from and directed toward the drip guide, and a planar top portion extending between the drip guide and the hinge portion. The accessory attaches to the outer wall of the rain gutter by (i) placement of the return flange within the U-shaped channel, (ii) the top portion overlaying the top wall, and (iii) the drip guide positioned alongside the nailer portion.
  • In yet a further aspect, the present invention provides a one-piece rain gutter and rain gutter accessory comprising a rain gutter portion including an inner wall, an outer fascia wall, and a bottom wall extending between the inner wall and the outer fascia wall. The outer fascia wall defines an upper region having a top wall and a return flange. The top wall extends between the upper region of the outer fascia wall and the return flange. The one-piece rain gutter and rain gutter accessory also comprises a rain gutter accessory portion including a drip guide, a hinge portion, and a top portion extending between the drip guide and the hinge portion. The rain gutter portion and the rain gutter accessory portion are integrally joined to one another, such that the drip guide of the rain gutter accessory portion is disposed alongside at least a portion of the outer fascia wall of the rain gutter portion, and the top portion of the rain gutter accessory portion overlies the top wall of the upper region of the rain gutter portion.
  • As will be realized, the invention is capable of other and different embodiments and its several details are capable of modifications in various respects, all without departing from the invention. Accordingly, the drawings and description are to be regarded as illustrative and not restrictive.
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  • FIG. 1 is a vertical cross section through a preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention showing its attachment to a typical rain gutter secured along the eave of a building.
  • FIG. 2 is a detailed cross-sectional view of the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory attached to the rain gutter of FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 3 is a detailed partial cross-sectional view of the rain gutter shown in FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 4 is a detailed cross-sectional view showing additional features of the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory.
  • FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 6 is a partial cross-sectional view of a portion of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 7 is a partial cross-sectional view of a portion of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 8 is a perspective view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 9 is a perspective view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 10 is a perspective view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 13 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 14 is a perspective view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 15 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 16 is a cross-sectional view of a preferred embodiment combined rain gutter and rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 17 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment combined rain gutter and rain gutter accessory in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 18 is a cross-sectional view of a typical rain gutter with which the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory can be used in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 19 is a cross-sectional view of another typical rain gutter with which the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory can be used in accordance with the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS
  • The present invention provides an easily attachable, inexpensive and aesthetically attractive device to improve and/or maintain the appearance of a rain gutter. The device also prevents or at least significantly reduces the tendency for staining along the front face of the gutter as a result of the gutter over flowing. The present invention device can be quickly and easily installed along an outer wall of the gutter. Specifically, the present invention provides a rain gutter accessory that effectively guides water overflow and debris over the outer edge of the rain gutter and directs the diverted liquid and solid matter vertically downward thus bypassing the outside face of the rain gutter. The inventive rain gutter accessory is particularly useful should the rain gutter fill with water as a result of, for example, a clog or a heavy rain downpour.
  • FIG. 1 illustrates a vertical cross section through a typical, continuous, rain gutter 10. As shown in FIG. 1, the rain gutter 10 defines an upwardly directed open face for receiving and collecting rain water. The rain gutter 10 includes a generally vertical inner wall 11, a horizontal bottom wall 12, an outer fascia wall 13 spaced from the inner wall 11, a generally vertical outer wall nailer portion 14 which includes an inwardly directed return flange 16, and a top wall 6 extending between and connecting the nailer portion 14 and the return flange 16. The fascia 13 and the nailer portion 14 are contiguous and together, form the outer wall of the rain gutter 10. The bottom portion 12 extends between the inner wall 11 and the fascia 13. A plurality of rain gutter anchor nails 15 extend through the outer wall 14 and the inner wall 11 of the rain gutter and affix the gutter 10 to an eave 20, and specifically, a fascia board 21 and a roof rafter 22. The eave 20 comprises the fascia board 21 fastened to the roof rafter 22, a soffit board 23 also fastened to the roof rafter 22. The eave 20 generally also comprises a plurality of roofing/shingles 24 fastened to roof sheeting 25 which in turn is secured to the roof rafter 22. Typically a roof drip edge 30 is attached under the roofing/shingles 24 to direct rainwater or melting snow directly into the rain gutter 10 to protect the eave 20.
  • Referring further to FIG. 1, a preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 40 in accordance with the present invention is shown, comprising an inwardly directed hinge portion 41, an upwardly directed top planar portion 42, and a downwardly extending thin, planar drip guide 43. The drip guide 43 preferably extends downward from the top portion 42, and most preferably is oriented such that the drip guide is vertical. The total height L′ of the drip guide 43 can be defined relative to the total face height L of the corresponding gutter 10, as follows. L′ is preferably from about 10% to about 90%, more preferably from about 30% to about 60%, and most preferably about 40% of the total face height L of the gutter 10. However, it will be appreciated that the present invention includes rain gutter accessories having drip guides with lengths, relative to the face height of their corresponding gutter, that are less than 10% or more than 90%. For example, it is contemplated to provide a rain gutter accessory having a drip guide with a length L′ that exceeded the total face height L of the gutter, so that L′ was about 150% of L.
  • FIG. 2 illustrates in greater detail, a cross-sectional view of the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 40 showing the hinge portion 41, the top portion 42, and the drip guide 43. The hinge portion 41 preferably defines a U-shaped channel sized and configured to receive the return flange 16 of the rain gutter 10 upon attachment of the accessory 40 to the rain gutter 10. The channel opening is generally directed towards the drip guide 43. The top portion 42 extends between the hinge portion 41 and the drip guide 43. The drip guide 43 preferably extends transversely from the top portion 42. FIG. 2 illustrates a feature of the present invention rain gutter accessory. Preferably, the drip guide 43 extends closely alongside the front face of the nailer portion 14 of the gutter 10. By closely extending alongside the nailer portion 14, the drip guide 43 does not interfere with a ladder or other object that may be leaned against the drip guide 43. As described in greater detail herein, upon attachment of the rain gutter accessory 40, a relatively small gap or spacing is provided between the inner face of the drip guide 43 and the outwardly directed face of the nailer portion 14. Preferably, upon attachment the rain gutter accessory 40, the drip guide 43 partially extends beyond the nailer portion 14 and partially covers an upper edge portion of the fascia wall 13 of the rain gutter 10.
  • FIG. 3 is a partial cross-sectional view of the rain gutter shown in FIG. 1. Generally, the typical rain gutter 10 includes the previously described outer fascia wall 13, the generally vertical outer wall nailer portion 14, the top wall 6, and the return flange 16. The top wall 6 extends between the nailer portion 14 and the return flange 16. Each of these walls or portions defines inner and outer faces. Thus, the fascia wall 13 defines outer and inner faces 13 a and 13 b, respectively. The nailer portion 14 defines outer and inner faces 14 a and 14 b, respectively. And the top wall 6 defines outer and inner faces 6 a and 6 b, respectively. The flange 16 includes a lip 7 that extends under a portion of the top wall 6 and is connected to the top wall by a flexible portion 8. It will be appreciated that this rain gutter configuration is merely exemplary in nature, and that the present invention rain gutter accessory can be used with other rain gutters having different cross-sectional configurations.
  • Typically, rain gutters as depicted herein have particular dimensions as follows. Referring further to FIG. 3, as previously noted, such gutters can be attached to a building eave by use of a plurality of rain gutter anchor nails 15. These nails typically have head portions 15 a that extend outwardly from the front face 14 a of the nailer portion 14 of the gutter 10. The distance by which the head portion 15 a extends from the front face 14 a is herein designated as A. The total distance from the outermost portion of the head portion 15 a to the face of the flexible portion 8 is herein designated as B. And, the total distance between the upwardly facing outer face 6 a of the top wall 6 and the downwardly directed face of the lip 7 is herein designated as C. These shorthand designations for various dimensions of the typical rain gutter 10 are convenient in the following description of various aspects of the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessories.
  • FIG. 4 is a detailed cross-sectional view of the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 40, showing additional features in accordance with the present invention. The gutter accessory 40 includes the previously described hinge portion 41, the top portion 42, and the drip guide 43. Each of these members includes outer and inner faces. For example, the drip guide 43 defines an outer face 43 a and an inner face 43 b, respectively. The top portion 42 defines an upwardly directed outer face 42 a, and an oppositely directed inner face 42 b. The hinge portion defines an outer face 41 a and an oppositely directed inner face 41 b. The hinge portion 41 attaches a planar retaining member 44 to the top portion 42. The retaining member 44 generally extends parallel to the top portion 42 and is spaced from the top portion 42 by the hinge portion 41. The retaining member 44 defines an upwardly directed inner face 44 b and an oppositely directed outer face 44 a. Preferably defined at the distal end of the retaining member 44 is a securing portion 44 c. Preferably, the securing portion 44 c extends toward the inner face 42 b of the top portion 42, so as to define a partially enclosed receiving interior defined by the faces 42 b, 41 b, and 44 b. The hinge portion 41 is depicted as having a generally rectangular cross section in which the faces 42 b and 41 b; and 44 b and 41 b, extend transversely to one another.
  • The preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 40 exhibits certain dimensional characteristics, particularly with regard to its relationship with the typical rain gutter 10. The gutter accessory 40 has a total inner width distance, from the inner face 43 b of the drip guide 43 to the inner face 41 b of the hinge portion 41 that is designated herein as E. The total inner height distance, referred to herein as F, is taken from the inner face 42 b of the top portion 42 to the inner face 44 b of the retaining member 44. Also, the angle of the drip guide 43 with respect to the top portion 42 is designated herein as D.
  • Referring further to FIGS. 3 and 4, upon attaching the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 40 to a typical rain gutter 10, the dimensions of the gutter accessory are such that the total inner width distance E is greater than distance B of the gutter 10. And, the total inner height distance F is greater than distance C of the gutter. The angle D is preferably about 90 degrees, however, D may range from about 80 degrees to about 95 degrees. The angle D is preferably selected such that upon attachment of the gutter accessory 40 to the rain gutter 10, the outermost portion of the anchor nail head 15 a contacts, or nearly so, the inner face 43 b of the drip guide 43. This configuration provides a supportive relationship between the accessory 10 and the gutter 40. Moreover, upon attachment of the rain gutter accessory 40 to the rain gutter 10, the drip guide 43 of the accessory 40 preferably extends at least partially alongside and covers at least a portion of the outer wall, and specifically, the fascia 13, of the rain gutter 10. And, preferably upon attachment, the drip guide 43 is oriented vertically.
  • FIG. 5 illustrates another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 140 in accordance with the present invention. The gutter accessory 140 comprises a drip guide 143, a top portion 142, a hinge portion 141, and a retention member 144 spaced from the top portion by the hinge portion 141. The drip guide 143 defines an outer face 143 a, and an oppositely directed inner face 143 b. The top portion defines an outer face 142 a and an oppositely directed inner face 142 b. The hinge portion 141 defines an outer face 141 a and an inner face 141 b. The retention member 144 defines an inner face 144 b and an oppositely directed outer face 144 a. Defined at the distal end of the retention member 144 is a securing portion 144 c. The preferred embodiment 140 differs from the previously described preferred embodiment 40 in the configuration of the hinge portion 141 and the shape of the securing portion 144 c. The hinge portion 141 preferably has an arcuate cross-sectional shape in contrast to the rectangular cross-sectional shape of the hinge portion 41 of the preferred embodiment gutter accessory 40. It may, in certain applications be preferred to form the hinge portion to have an arcuate shape as depicted in FIG. 5. In addition, it is believed that an arcuate configuration may provide a more uniform distribution of stresses within the hinge portion upon flexing that portion such as when installing the gutter accessory onto a rain gutter. The securing portion 144 c features a stepped engagement face 144 d, which may in certain applications also be preferred. A stepped engagement face such as face 144 d can provide greater retention between the gutter accessory 140 and a rain gutter to which the accessory is attached.
  • The present invention includes a wide array of other configurations for the gutter accessories. For example, FIGS. 6 and 7 illustrate additional versions of the gutter accessory included in the present invention. In FIG. 6, a partial cross-sectional view of a gutter accessory 240 is depicted in which a retention member 244 features a merely slightly upwardly extending securing portion 244 c. The securing portion 244 c defines inner and outer faces 244 b and 244 d, respectively. This embodiment 240 may be preferred when the flexural characteristics of the material used to form the accessory 240 are such that the material is resistant to flexing or deformation. FIG. 7 depicts another preferred embodiment 340 showing another contemplated configuration for the securing portion 344. In this embodiment, the securing portion 344 defines a bulbous end portion 344 c between the inner and outer faces 344 b and 344 d, respectively. This configuration may be preferred when the gutter accessory 340 is formed from a polymeric material, and such end portion 344 c can be readily formed.
  • FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 740 in accordance with the present invention. The accessory 740 comprises a top portion 742 that has a cross section with an upwardly directed convex curvature as shown in FIG. 11. The top portion has an outer, upwardly directed surface 742 a and an oppositely directed inner surface 742 b. This cross-sectional configuration for the top portion 742 assists in deflecting debris such as leaves, twigs, ice, or snow that may fall and rest upon the outer surface 742 a of the top portion 742. The top portion 742 extends between a drip guide 743 and a hinge portion 741. The extent or degree of the upward curvature of the top portion 742 can be characterized by the height of that portion, designated as G in FIG. 11.
  • FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 840 in accordance with the present invention. The accessory 840 comprises a top portion 842 that has a cross section with an upwardly directed angled configuration as shown in FIG. 12. The top portion has an outer, upwardly directed surface 842 a and an oppositely directed inner surface 842 b. This cross-sectional configuration for the top portion 842 assists in deflecting debris such as leaves, twigs, ice, or snow that may fall and rest upon the outer surface 842 a of the top portion 842. The top portion 842 extends between a drip guide 843 and a hinge portion 841. The extent or degree of the upward angle of the top portion 842 can be characterized by the height of that portion, designated as H in FIG. 12.
  • The heights G and H shown in FIGS. 11 and 12 can vary depending upon the particular application. However, representative dimensions for G and H can be expressed relative to the total height L′ (as shown in FIG. 1) of the drip guide 743 or 843. Preferably G or H range from about 1% to about 10% of L′, i.e. the total height of the respective drip guide 743 or 843.
  • FIG. 13 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 940 in accordance with the present invention. The accessory 940 comprises a top portion 942 and a drip guide 943. The drip guide has an upper vertical portion 943′ and a lower angled portion 943″. Both of these upper and lower portions define outer and inner faces 943 a and 943 b, respectively. The upper vertical portion 943′ extends downward from the top portion 942 a distance J as shown in FIG. 13. The lower portion 943″ extends outward by some angle, designated as angle I in FIG. 13. This cross-sectional configuration serves to deflect rain water and/or debris away from the rain gutter face and/or building. The distance J can be nearly any portion of the total length of the drip guide, i.e. the total length of 943′ and 943″ as measured in the cross-sectional view of FIG. 13. Typically, distance J is from about 40% to about 60%, and most preferably about 50% of that total length. The angle I can also vary depending upon the extent of water deflection desired. However, preferably, angle I is from about 30 degrees to about 60 degrees, and most preferably about 45 degrees. Angle I is described relative to the plane of the upper portion 943′.
  • The preferred embodiment gutter accessories are formed from a wide range of materials, such as for example, vinyl, plastic, or one or more polymeric materials; and/or metal such as aluminum which allows the gutter accessory to be molded, stamped and/or pressed during manufacture. It is also contemplated that the accessory could be formed from various combinations of metal and one or more polymeric materials. In addition, the flexible nature of the gutter accessory allows the same to be mass produced and shipped in convenient packages. Moreover, the pliable nature of the gutter accessory allows for mass production, convenient shipping, multiple configurations and ease of installation. In a preferred embodiment, the gutter accessory is constructed out of a soft, rollable, and pliable vinyl material, such as polyvinyl chloride. This material can be easily molded or stamped during its curing process which provides multiple configurations of the gutter accessory. This material is relatively resistant to varying weather conditions and exposure to other corrosive conditions such as acid rain. In contrast, a gutter system constructed out of aluminum, steel or copper is typically less resistant to such conditions. In addition, and as the climate of the geographical location requires, the preferred embodiment gutter accessory may include additives or coatings that provide ultraviolet protection to retain color and prevent fading of the gutter accessory. One such contemplated additive is titanium dioxide TiO2. As an alternative, and as climate conditions may require, the gutter accessory can be constructed to have an acrylic coating which will reflect solar energy and reduce the heat buildup to the gutter accessory.
  • Preferably, the gutter accessory, if formed from a polymeric material, is configured and formed in view of ASTM D 3679 Specification for Rigid Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Siding, and D 4477 Specification for Rigid (unplasticized) Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Soffit. In particular, it may be instructive to consider ASTM D 4756 which refers to the installation of siding and soffit. If the gutter accessory is formed from metal and particularly aluminum, the accessory is configured and formed in view of ASTM B 209 Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Sheet and Plate. For details concerning baked on finishes, ASTM D 714, D 224, and B 117 are informative.
  • The gutter accessory may be available in a variety of colors which will provide a match to the color of any existing gutter system or complement the trim of a home. The previously noted ASTM D 3679 references D 6864 Specification for Color and Appearance Retention of Solid Colored Plastic Siding Products.
  • One or more linear indentations or creases can be formed or otherwise provided in the gutter accessory to enable the gutter accessory to be folded and/or manipulated along such crease to match a facade, a top and/or other region of an existing gutter. The positioning and creation of creases is easily accomplished during the manufacture of the gutter accessory. FIG. 15 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 1140 in accordance with the present invention. The accessory 1140 comprises a top portion 1142 extending between a drip guide 1143 and a hinge portion 1141. Extending inwardly from the hinge portion 1141 is a retaining member 1144. Defined between the top portion 1142 and the hinge portion 1141, and preferably along the intersection between those portions, is a crease 1145. It will be appreciated that one or more other creases can be formed along other regions of the accessory 1140.
  • The gutter accessory is easily applied to existing gutters of varying configurations. Additionally, the gutter accessory may only be secured to the top of an existing gutter, thereby, changing the physical configuration of the gutter trough. For example, the existing gutter appearance may be changed to one of the configurations illustrated herein. In addition, other such design changes are feasible in accordance with the present invention. In addition, and as an alternative, an insulating material may be applied to a backing face of one or more walls of the rain gutter accessory. Insulating material will minimize noises generated by water running through the gutter, as well as, wind related noises, and the possible contacting of the gutter accessory to an existing gutter.
  • As illustrated herein, the gutter accessory or portions thereof can cover all or a portion of the exterior surfaces of an existing gutter. And thus, the gutter accessory can provide a completely new appearance to an existing gutter. Adhesive material can be used to assist in securing the gutter accessory to an existing gutter, a new gutter, an eave or other portion of a building.
  • Moreover, such applications of the present invention gutter accessory can serve to cover unsightly dents, seam joints and general wear and tear of an existing gutter system.
  • The previously noted creases and the pliable nature of the preferred embodiment gutter accessory allows the gutter accessory to be manipulated to match the exterior configuration of an existing gutter.
  • The preferred embodiment gutter accessory may be manufactured in a variety of sizes. Such sizes will provide larger or smaller areas for decorative fascia surface, lower trough covering, and other aspects. Such larger and smaller areas are contemplated to correspond to larger and smaller existing gutter systems. Accordingly, the present invention can be manufactured in a variety of sizes.
  • The present invention gutter accessory can be configured to provide an aesthetically pleasing ornamental appearance generally not provided by a standard gutter trough. Most existing gutters have a standard trough design which has no ornamental features at all. Moreover, and as contemplated with the present invention, the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory can be formed in a variety of different configurations for offering to the consumer.
  • The preferred embodiment gutter accessories can include a wide array of decorative fascia front surfaces and/or a decorative drip guide bottom edge to further promote an aesthetically pleasing ornamental appearance. Decorative fascia surfaces can be provided in numerous configurations such as shown in FIG. 8. In FIG. 8, another preferred embodiment gutter accessory 440 is illustrated. The accessory 440 includes a top portion 442 extending between a hinge portion 441 and a drip guide 443. One or more ornamental designs 445 are provided along the outer face of the drip guide 443. These designs can be printed, painted, or otherwise applied to the outer face of the drip guide 443. Alternatively, it is also contemplated that such indicia or designs can be formed directly into the drip guide such as by in-molding procedures. In certain embodiments, it may be preferred to form or otherwise finish the outer face of the drip guide to be flat, smooth, and free from grooves.
  • FIGS. 9 and 10 depict another aspect of the preferred embodiment gutter accessories according to the present invention. FIG. 9 illustrates a gutter accessory 540 comprising a drip guide 543, a top portion 542 and a hinge portion 541. The bottom distal edge 545 of the drip guide 543 can be formed to exhibit an ornamental appearance, such as shown in FIG. 9. A serrated or other decorative edge design can be formed. FIG. 10 illustrates another contemplated embodiment 640 comprising a top portion 642 extending between a drip guide 643 and a hinge portion 641. The drip guide 643 includes a plurality of downwardly extending projections 647. This embodiment provides another decorative version of the present invention rain gutter accessory. Moreover, the decorative fascia surface of the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory can provide nearly any design.
  • FIG. 14 is a perspective view of another preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory 1040 in accordance with the present invention. The accessory 1040 comprises a top portion 1042 extending between a drip guide 1043 and a hinge portion 1041. In this embodiment, the hinge portion 1041 defines one or more recessed regions 1046. Each recessed region 1046 can have the same or a different configuration, however, a symmetrical angled recess such as shown in FIG. 14 is a preferred form. In this preferred form, each recess extends a distance of 2K, as shown in FIG. 14. The recesses may be spaced apart a distance of 2K also, as shown. This configuration may be preferred as less material is used in forming the accessory, as compared to an accessory without such recesses. In addition, the recesses may be spaced or located to correspond to rain gutter anchor nails 15 (such as shown in FIG. 1). In addition, creases or precut regions 1045 can be defined along the accessory 1040. As shown in FIG. 14, precut regions 1045 can be provided along the hinge portion 1041, and enable an installer to easily remove sections of the hinge portion 1041 that might otherwise obstruct components of a gutter system such as the anchor nails 15 (FIG. 1).
  • The gutter accessory can be easily removed and replaced by an individual. Such applications may be, for example, seasonal enhancements to an existing gutter system. Generally, when installing the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory, and by referring to FIGS. 3 and 4, the accessory is placed over the top wall 6 of the rain gutter 10 and the channel defined by the hinge portion is oriented toward the return flange 16 of the rain gutter. By inserting the return flange 16 into the channel, and urging the top portion 42 of the accessory toward the top wall 6 of the rain gutter, the accessory can be slightly deformed until the accessory snaps into place, over the top portion 42. As previously described, upon such attachment, preferably the drip guide extends over the nailer portion 14 and at least a portion of the fascia 13. Prior to installation, the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory can be marked and subsequently clipped to miss the rain gutter anchor nails. The rain gutter accessory is then snapped into place. The heads of the rain gutter anchor nails are preferably concealed behind the newly installed rain gutter drip strip.
  • The rain gutter drip strip is considered to be most durable when manufactured from polyvinyl with a smooth finish but can be manufactured to length utilizing other materials such as roll-form aluminum. Colors can be changed in the material to match common rain gutter colors.
  • In yet another aspect of the present invention, a combined and preferably one-piece and integral rain gutter and rain gutter accessory can be provided. FIG. 16 is a cross-sectional view of a preferred embodiment combined rain gutter and rain gutter accessory 1205 in accordance with the present invention. In this embodiment, the one-piece unit 1205 comprises a rain gutter portion 1210 and an accessory portion 1240 as generally previously described. The rain gutter portion 1210 includes an inner wall 1211, an outer wall 1213, and a bottom wall 1212 extending between the inner and outer walls 1211 and 1213. Defined along the upper region of the outer wall 1213 is a nailer portion 1214 and a return flange 1216, generally as previously described. The accessory portion 1240 includes a drip guide 1243, a hinge portion 1241, and a top portion 1242 extending therebetween. Extending from the distal edge of the hinge portion is a retaining member 1244. The one-piece unit 1205 features an integral region between the retaining member 1244 and the return flange 1216. This integral region joins the two portions 1240 and 1210 to one another. In addition, this integral region provides a stiffening and strengthening function for the unit 1205.
  • FIG. 17 is a cross-sectional view of another preferred embodiment combined one-piece rain gutter and rain gutter accessory 1305 in accordance with the present invention. In this embodiment, the one-piece unit 1305 comprises a rain gutter portion 1310 and an accessory portion 1340 as generally previously described. The rain gutter portion 1310 includes an inner wall 1311, an outer wall 1313, and a bottom wall 1312 extending between the inner and outer walls 1311 and 1313. Defined along the upper region of the outer wall 1313 is a nailer portion 1314 and a return flange 1316, generally as previously described. The accessory portion 1340 includes a drip guide 1343, a hinge portion 1341, and a top portion 1342 extending therebetween. The one-piece unit 1305 features an integral region between the hinge portion 1341 and the return flange 1316. This integral region joins the two portions 1340 and 1310 to one another. In addition, this integral region provides a stiffening and strengthening function for the unit 1305.
  • The present invention accessories can be used with a wide assortment of rain gutters. FIGS. 18 and 19 are cross-sectional views of typical rain gutters with which the preferred embodiment rain gutter accessory can be used in accordance with the present invention. The gutter 1410 shown in FIG. 18 features an outwardly curved fascia 1413, for example. The gutter 1510 shown in FIG. 19 features a planar fascia 1513. It will be appreciated that the present invention rain gutter accessories can be used with gutters having a wide range of different styles of cross-sectional configurations. That is, the present invention accessories are in no way limited to the specific gutter cross sections shown and described herein.
  • Many other benefits will no doubt become apparent from future application and development of this technology.
  • All patents, publications, and standards noted herein are expressly incorporated by reference herein.
  • It will be appreciated that each of the various features and aspects of the present invention rain gutter accessories can be combined with one another. Thus, for example, the decorative bottom edge 546 of the accessory 540 shown in FIG. 9 can be provided in a gutter accessory featuring the decorative designs 445 depicted in FIG. 8, and using the arcuate hinge portion of the embodiment depicted in FIG. 5.
  • As described hereinabove, the present invention solves many problems associated with previous type devices. However, it will be appreciated that various changes in the details, materials and arrangements of parts, which have been herein described and illustrated in order to explain the nature of the invention, may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the principle and scope of the invention, as expressed in the appended claims.

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  1. 1. A rain gutter accessory adapted for attachment to a rain gutter having a plurality of walls that define an upwardly directed open face, the plurality of walls including a generally vertical inner wall for contacting a building to which the rain gutter is attached, an outer wall spaced from the inner wall, and a bottom wall extending between the inner wall and the outer wall, the outer wall defining a distal edge region that includes a generally vertical nailer portion extending upward from the outer wall, an inwardly directed return flange, and a top wall extending between and connecting the nailer portion and the return flange, the rain gutter accessory comprising:
    a hinge portion defining a channel sized and configured to receive the return flange of the rain gutter upon attachment of the rain gutter accessory to the rain gutter;
    a top portion extending from the hinge portion, the top portion defining an interior face directed toward the top wall of the rain gutter upon attachment of the accessory to the gutter; and
    a drip guide extending transversely from the top portion, wherein upon attachment of the accessory to the gutter, the top portion extends alongside and covers the nailer portion of the gutter;
    wherein, upon attachment of the accessory to the gutter, the accessory at least partially overlays the distal edge region of the rain gutter, is entirely supported on the outer wall of the gutter, and does not extend across the open face of the gutter.
  2. 2. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1 wherein the top portion extends upwardly.
  3. 3. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1 wherein upon attachment of the accessory to the gutter, the drip guide of the accessory extends at least partially alongside and covers at least a portion of the outer wall of the rain gutter below the nailer portion.
  4. 4. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1 wherein upon attachment of the accessory to the gutter, the drip guide is oriented vertically.
  5. 5. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1 wherein the drip guide defines an upper region and a lower distal region, the lower distal region oriented at an angle of from about 30 degrees to about 60 degrees with respect to the upper region of the drip guide.
  6. 6. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1 wherein the drip guide defines an inner face directed toward the hinge portion, and an oppositely directed outer face, wherein the outer face of the drip guide defines one or more decorative designs.
  7. 7. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1 wherein the drip guide defines a decorative distal bottom edge.
  8. 8. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1 wherein the hinge portion exhibits a cross-sectional configuration selected from the group consisting of (i) a rectangular cross section and (ii) an arcuate cross section.
  9. 9. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1 wherein the hinge portion defines at least one recessed region.
  10. 10. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1 wherein the rain gutter accessory further comprises:
    a retaining member extending from the hinge portion and oriented parallel to the top portion of the rain gutter accessory and spaced therefrom.
  11. 11. The rain gutter accessory of claim 10, wherein the retaining member defines a securing portion along a distal edge of the retaining member.
  12. 12. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1, wherein the rain gutter accessory is formed from metal.
  13. 13. The rain gutter accessory of claim 1, wherein the rain gutter accessory is formed from at least one polymeric material.
  14. 14. A rain gutter accessory comprising:
    a thin, planar decorative drip guide;
    a top planar portion transversely oriented with respect to the drip guide, and extending therefrom;
    a hinge portion defining a channel directed toward the drip guide; and
    a planar retaining member spaced from and oriented parallel to the top portion, the hinge portion extending between the top portion and the retaining member, wherein the retaining member defines a distal edge member that extends toward the top portion;
    wherein the rain gutter accessory can be attached to a rain gutter by urging an upper edge region of an outer wall of the rain gutter into the channel defined by the hinge portion of the rain gutter accessory.
  15. 15. The rain gutter accessory of claim 14 wherein the drip guide defines an inner face directed toward the hinge portion, and an oppositely directed outer face, wherein the outer face of the drip guide defines one or more decorative designs.
  16. 16. The rain gutter accessory of claim 14 wherein the drip guide defines a decorative distal bottom edge.
  17. 17. The rain gutter accessory of claim 14 wherein the hinge portion exhibits a cross-sectional configuration selected from the group consisting of (i) a rectangular cross section and (ii) an arcuate cross section.
  18. 18. The rain gutter accessory of claim 14, wherein the rain gutter accessory is formed from metal.
  19. 19. The rain gutter accessory of claim 14, wherein the rain gutter accessory is formed from at least one polymeric material.
  20. 20. A rain gutter and accessory system comprising:
    a rain gutter including an inner wall, an outer wall spaced from the inner wall, and a bottom wall extending between the inner wall and the outer wall, to thereby define an upwardly directed open face for receiving rain, the outer wall including a nailer portion extending from an upper region of the outer wall, a top wall transversely extending from the nailer portion, and a return flange defined along an inwardly directed edge Of the top wall; and
    an accessory adapted for attachment to the rain gutter, the accessory including a drip guide, a hinge portion defining a U-shaped channel spaced from and directed toward the drip guide, and a planar top portion extending between the drip guide and the hinge portion, the accessory attaching to the outer wall of the rain gutter by placement of the return flange within the U-shaped channel, the top portion overlaying the top wall, and the drip guide positioned alongside the nailer portion.
  21. 21. The system of claim 20, wherein the accessory further comprises:
    a retaining member extending from the hinge portion and oriented parallel to the top portion of the rain gutter accessory and spaced therefrom.
  22. 22. The system of claim 21, wherein the retaining member defines a securing portion along a distal edge of the retaining member.
  23. 23. The system of claim 20, wherein the accessory is formed from at least one of (i) a metal and (ii) a polymeric material.
  24. 24. A one-piece rain gutter and rain gutter accessory comprising:
    a rain gutter portion including an inner wall, an outer fascia wall, and a bottom wall extending between the inner wall and the outer fascia wall, the outer fascia wall defining an upper region having a top wall and a return flange, the top wall extending between the upper region of the outer fascia wall and the return flange; and
    a rain gutter accessory portion including a drip guide, a hinge portion, and a top portion extending between the drip guide and the hinge portion;
    wherein the rain gutter portion and the rain gutter accessory portion are integrally joined to one another, such that the drip guide of the rain gutter accessory portion is disposed alongside at least a portion of the outer fascia wall of the rain gutter portion, and the top portion of the rain gutter accessory portion overlies the top wall of the upper region of the rain gutter portion.
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