Downspouts Sticking into your Yard? Here’s How to Hide Them.

Are your downspouts sticking into your yard? Are they ugly and out of place?

While your gutters are important for keeping your home protected from water damage, the downspouts get in the way of your precious landscaping.

Luckily, there are plenty of downspout alternatives that will allow you fix the issue. So say goodbye to your ugly downspouts, it’s time to enjoy your beautiful landscaping downspout-free (ish).

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Can you Get Gutter Downspouts that Don’t Stick Out Into Your Yard?

There are gutter downspout alternatives that do not stick out into your yard. You can replace your downspouts with a flip-up downspout, roll-out downspout, or underground drain pipes. You could also replace it with a rain drain.

If don’t know what these are, we will go over each option in detail later.

Downspouts are responsible for handling the water that runs down your roof and into your gutters. They move the water away from your home, protecting your landscaping, foundation, and siding.

They are a necessary part of your gutter system and you need the ideal downspout spacing to properly handle any water that enters your gutters. Otherwise your gutters may overflow and damage your home.

This means you can’t just remove downspouts just because they don’t look good.

But your hands are not completely tied, there are downspout alternatives that won’t stick out into your yard and they are easy to install.

Let’s get into it.

Flip-Up Downspout

flip up downspout in action

Flip up downspouts are a great way to minimize the footprint of your downspout.

Instead of your downspout taking up a bunch of space and being a massive eyesore, you can hide it somewhat. Now it’s not a perfect solution, I’ll be the first to admit that, but it’s better than nothing.

So instead of having a long downspout sticking out through your beautiful landscaping, when the weather is nice, you can simply fold it up and hide it. When it looks like a storm is approaching you can extend it to prepare for the rain.

I would say this flip up downspout is a nice middle ground option. You can minimize the size of the downspout while still keeping full functionality.

You need something to channel the rainwater, right?

The biggest downside to a flip-up downspout is it’s really easy to forget to unfold it when a storm is approaching.

Rollout Downspout

rollout downspout

Ok, the roll out downspout is a better version of the flip-up downspout.

It has the same functionality, but it’s… totally automatic *gasp*.

Instead of having to flip up and flip down the downspout every time it rains, this downspout operates fully on it’s own. And it doesn’t take any fancy technology either.

When it rains, after a while, enough water will enter your downspout. When this happens, the weight of the rainwater will put enough pressure on the tube and force the rubber “roll out” section to extend and release the rainwater.

And when the rain stops, the downspout will automatically contract and roll back up on it’s own. Almost like magic.

This can significantly reduce the footprint of the your downspout and you can control the flow of rain water even better. So if it rains, the water gets channeled out past the rest of your landscaping to the location of your choosing.

The biggest downside to this style of downspout is the bottom of the downspout will be made of a flexible material (usually rubber) and it can look a little ugly to some. Not to mention, the rubber bit will usually need to replaced more often than the rest of your gutters which can be a pain.

Extreme weather, you know, heat and cold, can really wear it down fast. But luckily for us, this next downspout alternative does not have that issue due to it’s simple design.

Underground Downspout

underground downspouts
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What if you just hid your downspouts? Well, you can bury them underground.

This style of downspout has massive benefits, first of all, you’ll never need to see your downspouts again. Second, you choose where you want the water to be drained, so the rain water can be channeled far away from your expensive foundation leaving it well protected in the rainiest of seasons.

And third, this setup gives you the ultimate control. You are the master of water and your home is your domicile.

Ok, a little too dramatic, I know.

This setup is great for those who don’t want to see where the water gets dumped, ever. It’s a bit more of a project, but once it’s done, it’s done. You’ll need a bit more planning to figure out where to dig and place the downspouts, and you’ll need more pipes to channel the water, but it’s possible to DIY (or hire a contractor for).

There are a few cons to this setup, though. You have to make sure the entire section of pipe is channeling the water downhill or else your entire downspout system will cause your gutters to backup and overflow.

Not to mention, because everything is buried underground, basic maintenance can be more costly and troublesome. Underground downspouts that are clogged are no fun to fix.

And in some scenarios, if there is a big freeze, your downspouts can freeze up. Then if it gets followed up with a large storm, your entire drainage system no longer works and you’re out of luck. Definitely a bummer.

But with the proper planning and the right expectations, this setup can work really well.

Rain Chain

different rain chain styles

This one is about hiding your downspout in plain side by making it… stylish? Yep, you heard that right. Stylish downspouts.

They are called rain chains, it’s hard to beat this one.

They are functional, customizable, and stylish. It’s easy to imagine why this the first alternative most think of when replacing their ugly downspouts.

Rain chains have been around since the dawn of time (and for good reason). Initially used in Japanese architecture, the rain chain offers an effective way to channel water out of your gutters and away from your homes siding, foundation, and landscaping.

At first glance, it doesn’t really look like a rain chain would do anything. It looks like the water would just bounce right off and not do anything, but that’s actually far from the truth.

There are few things more mesmerizing than watching the rain fall down a rain chain, it looks almost magical as the water sticks to the chain and gets channeled to the location of your choosing.

What’s amazing about rain chains is there are so many different styles and designs to choose from. You can go for a copper or golden look, you can go for a silver aluminum look, you can go for a specially designed chain with a variety of shapes, or you could even do multiple chains if you’re feeling spunky (this actually helps if you get a lot of rainfall).

If you’re interested in checking out rain chains, you can usually find them at a local hardware store or just by searching around on the internet. On Etsy you can find a huge amount of different ideas and options from rain chains in the shape of pinecones, mushrooms, rings, fish, and more.

The downside to rain chains is that they are not quite as effective as normal downspouts and they can’t handle the same amount of water flow. Although, if you worry about this, you can put multiple rain chains next to each other to increase the amount of rainfall that will stick to them.

French Drain/Drip Path

A French Drain might be a little too big of a project if you’re trying to replace a single downspout, but it’s definitely worth mentioning.

A drip path/French drain can be used instead of gutters along the sides of your home. A drip path is a super stylish way to manage the water flow that falls off of your roofline.

Instead of the water falling into your grass and creating muddy pockets that look ugly and tear up your grass, you can install a path there instead. Pretty cool, huh?

With a mix of your favorite looking pavers and some interesting irrigation rocks, you can get a modern looking design that is both functional and attractive.

You could say goodbye to gutters and downspouts, talk about two birds with one stone.

Who doesn’t like playing hopscotch as you skip across the pavers on a nice sunny day? And when it rains, you’re covered as well because your a smart cookie and your path is actually made for the rain.

The biggest downside to this sort of setup is the amount of work involved removing the grass, leveling the area, installing the pavers, and hauling in all of the rock.

But once it’s done, your home will be the belle of the ball in your neighborhood.

How to Hide a Downspout in your Landscaping

If these downspout alternatives seem like too much of a project, I completely understand. Not everyone has the time or budget to take apart their downspouts and install something new.

But what if I told you there were ways to naturally hide your downspout in your landscaping?

This way your downspouts are less noticeable, but you still get the benefits of keeping your home clear of water.

A simple solution is to add greenery and plants around the downspout to make it less visible. A trellis or even some basic bushes will go a long way to beautify your home while also concealing those pesky downspouts.

You can also look at painting the downspouts the same color as your siding so they blend in more naturally with your home, or go the opposite direction and make a fashion statement out of your gutters and downspouts.

You can do this by painting your gutters the color of your trim, so they look more like crown molding for your home. Note: Here is a guide on how to paint your gutters.

If you want to try an even bolder statement, you can opt for copper gutters and let the them shine like no tomorrow.

The cool thing about gutters and downspouts is there are a lot of options and they are more customizable than you may think.

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