Gutters get most of the attention, but downspouts are equally critical. After all, while gutters merely collect water, downspouts actually carry it away. Simple in design and straightforward in function, downspouts disappoint only when they're unable to shed water as quickly as it arrives. A light drizzle is one thing, but run-of-the-mill downspouts are often too narrow to keep pace with the worst, most potentially damaging rainstorms. LeafGuard resolves the problem in a simple, successful way: With downspouts 30 percent wider than average, the system can easily handle up to 32 inches of rain per hour—three times more than the all-time heaviest downpour ever recorded by the U.S. Weather Bureau!