Answer: The gutters shape and divert rainwater from the roof away from a building. Gutters usually have downspouts that point to the ground. When this water reaches the ground and enters side channels, it picks up dirt, leaves, branches, pine needles etc. to prevent them coming into contact with your home’s exterior walls. Remember to get your gutters cleaned 2-3 times per year in order to avoid seasonal buildup of debris like ice damming or other structural damage caused by falling trees during storms or heavy windy conditions. Well, unless you have gutter guards, then cleaning isn’t necessary.