What is a Downspout Wire Strainer (and why you need to know)

Downspout wire strainers can be a great add-on service for many gutter installation quotes.   Not only is it easy and quick to install, it also offers great value to the homeowner.  If you haven’t worked with wire strainers very often, now is the time to learn more about the great benefits they have to offer to you and the customer.   Read on to learn more. 

Why use Wire Strainers?
Wire Strainers are a simple and inexpensive way to keep downspouts clear and clog-free.  They help to eliminate much of the sticks, leaves, and other debris that might otherwise drain into the downspout causing blockage.  Wire strainers become even more critical for those with underground drains with gutters connected to them.  If debris accumulates too much in these drains, it could cause serious backups and require expensive service fees to free the blockage.  

Wire Strainer Options
While wire strainers come in a somewhat standard form, GutterSupply.com carries varying products to ensure you find a fit for every customer’s unique home:

Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Wire Strainer – The heavy duty stainless steel wire strainer is both thick and durable and can be used with aluminum, copper or steel gutters.  One of the best benefits to this product is that no fasteners or tools are needed to install it.  Also its unique design helps it maintain its shape for years to come making a long-lasting cost-effective investment for your customers.
Heavy Duty Copoper

Heavy Duty Copper Wire Strainer – The heavy duty copper wire strainer is similar to the stainless steel version but constructed of beautiful copper.   Like the stainless steel option, it comes in both 3” and 4” sizes.  This product is a great option for homeowners that already have copper gutters installed and want to keep the look of their home uniform.


Round Wire Strainer – The round wire strainer is the most cost-effective solution that GutterSupply.com offers in gutter strainers.  It also comes in 3” and 4” styles and is offered in copper, aluminum, and galvanized steel.  



Big Top Strainer Big Top Strainer – The Big Top strainer features a unique dome shape and a large, 12” length leading to less damming compared to other strainers.  It comes in only one size and fits both 2×3 and 3×4 outlets.  


Additional Things to Consider
The type of gutter system your customer already has in place will often determine which wire strainer you go with.  Keep in mind that copper and aluminum react chemically with each other when they come in contact.  Therefore you never want to install an aluminum strainer into copper gutters and vice versa.  Copper gutters often either require a stainless steel or copper strainer such as the two heavy duty options above that GutterSupply.com carries.  It should be noted that wire strainers help prevent debris from entering the downspout, however, that debris still remains in the gutter. Over time, without proper maintenance and cleaning, that debris will potentially build up in the gutter. The best line of defense to prevent the system from clogging is to seasonally clean the gutters or install gutter guards.
Make sure to consider adding strainers to your gutter installation quotes.  They not only help keep the system running properly longer, they can also help prevent troublesome clogs in the downspout and underground drain.  Click hereto learn more about the gutter strainers that GutterSupply.com carries or contact us at 888-909-RAIN.


3 thoughts on “What is a Downspout Wire Strainer (and why you need to know)”

  1. Regular maintenance is always the best solution. I just want to enquire are those Wire Strainers are easy to be removed for a downspout cleaning? Because they may prevent larger debris, but clogs always find their way 🙂

  2. A Gutter Cleaner – the answer to your question is maybe, it all depends on how they were installed. They are meant to fit into the downspout without any fasteners needed. On copper gutters, some contractors will solder the wire strainer in to provide more stability, but this is not necessarily needed. You are correct, regular maintenance is always the best solution.

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