Between Oppositely Sloping Sections Patents (Class 52/13)
  • Patent number: 10941574
    Abstract: The embodiments are apparatuses, systems and methods of water management and icicle prevention for solar carports, and are designed to catch drips between rows of, and water run-off from, the low side of inclined photovoltaic modules arranged to form the roof of the solar carport or canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: DISTRIBUTED SOLAR DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Robert Jones, Alex James Norman
  • Patent number: 10920424
    Abstract: The embodiments are apparatuses, systems and methods of water management and icicle prevention for solar carports, and are designed to catch drips between rows of, and water run-off from, the low side of inclined photovoltaic modules arranged to form the roof of the solar carport or canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DISTRIBUTED SOLAR DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Robert Jones, Alex James Norman
  • Patent number: 10428527
    Abstract: The roof valley batten is configured for use with a roof. The roof valley batten attaches a plurality of shingles to a structure formed by a roof valley and a metal valley. The roof valley batten attaches to the metal valley in a manner that does not require the use of a fastening device that perforates a structure selected from the group consisting of the roof valley and the metal valley. The roof valley batten provides a mounting structure for the plurality of shingles that allows the use of a fastening device that does require the perforation of the roof valley batten. The roof valley batten comprises a mounting surface, a plurality of pedestals and a plurality of channels. The plurality of pedestals attach to the mounting surface. The plurality of channels are drainage channels formed within the plurality of pedestals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Ricky G. Freeman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10024060
    Abstract: A valley flashing including two roof panels adapted to protect a roof valley. Some embodiments include one or more attachment flanges joined to the roof panels. Some embodiments include one or more protrusions for protection from water infiltration under roof shingles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DryFlekt, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Givens
  • Patent number: 9631368
    Abstract: An apparatus that provides a durable protective covering over portions of a roof peak, including a roof ridge. Also disclosed are methods of protecting the highest elevations at the intersections of roof panels from bird damage caused by roosting of bird pests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Bal Heo
  • Patent number: 9200450
    Abstract: A ridge cap includes a lower surface adapted to be placed in contact with a roof of a building, a weather protective upper surface, and first and second side sections connected to each other. The first side section is disposed at one side of a longitudinal axis and the second side section is disposed at the other side of the longitudinal axis. The ridge cap further includes an elastomeric strip and a metal strip. The elastomeric strip extends along the longitudinal axis and connects the first side section and the second side section to be of unitary construction with the first and second side sections. The metal strip backing extends along the longitudinal axis and supports the elastomeric strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: DEVPAT, LLC
    Inventors: George F. Thagard, III, Casey G. Tzeng
  • Patent number: 9010030
    Abstract: Gutter guard apparatuses and methods of making the same are provided. A gutter guard apparatus for preventing debris from entering rainwater collection gutters on a structure. A gutter guard apparatus can comprise a guard panel and mesh layer that cooperate to prevent debris from entering a rainwater collection gutter. The mesh layer can be secured to the guard panel at substantially all points of contact between the mesh layer and guard panel to thereby provide a secure and durable gutter guard apparatus. Methods and devices for forming a gutter guard can comprise bonding the mesh layer to a guard panel using a radiant heater, heated roller, adhesive applicator, ultrasonic welder and/or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: L.B. Plastics Inc.
    Inventor: Harry H. Davis
  • Patent number: 8984816
    Abstract: An improved gutter system which utilizes an anchored roof segment. The roof segment allows the attachment of a gutter body or a fascia cover via a ball and socket type joint. In order to make the system more aesthetically pleasing, a decorative molding of any color or shape may be attached to the front wall of the gutter body or the fascia cover. Preferably the decorative member resembles a crown molding commonly used in the construction industry; however, an infinite number of profiles are possible and only depend on the designer of the decorative member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Marpea, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark William Loughren, Robert William Peck, John S. Boardman
  • Patent number: 8950122
    Abstract: A covered gutter assembly utilizing bi-directional vertical plates and a bi-directional vertical plate. A gutter trough and hood are secured to either or both sides of the bi-directional vertical plate, so that only a single design for the vertical plate is required for right end or left end terminations. Provisions for securing the hood and the trough to the vertical plate are provided as mirror images on opposed sides of the vertical plate. The bi-directional vertical plate is provided with channels that extend substantially around the entire perimeter of the vertical plate, and which further include guide slopes and reduced locking channels to assure precise securing of the trough and hood to the vertical plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Claire Degenhardt, Keith Hansen, Frank Casares
  • Patent number: 8925253
    Abstract: A gutter and cover system mounts at an edge of a roof to collect water into the gutter without other debris. The system includes a combination gutter and cover made from a monolithic element or interlocked to form a single structure. The gutter includes a front, bottom and rear extending up to the cover, which extends over the gutter. The cover has a pooling section and a front, curving edge. The pooling section slows down the flow of water and allows it to flow over the curving edge and adhere to the cover due to surface tension while debris falls outside of the gutter. A support element slides inward to provide support for the cover and a front face of the gutter. The support element includes structure for receiving mounting hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Eastside Machine Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Bullinger
  • Patent number: 8832999
    Abstract: A gutter screen assembly in having a screen across the ends of channels that extend into a gutter to prevent large debris from being washed from the channels into the gutter. The screen may be fabricated of expanded metal with a solid peripheral edge or of numerous other materials and structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Euramax International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Benjamin Bell, James Ronald Wilson, II, Heath Morgan
  • Patent number: 8820001
    Abstract: A roof valley water diverter is provided herein for changing direction of rain water flowing through a roof valley. The diverter includes at least first and second side plates joined together to form a trough extending along a longitudinal axis and configured to channel a flow of rain water therethrough. A deflector plate, having opposing first and second faces, is secured to at least the first and second side plates such that the first face intersects the longitudinal axis. At least one gap is defined between the first face and at least one of the first and second side plates. Advantageously, the diverter of the subject invention allows for re-direction of flow of rain water from a roof valley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Alan Hunter, Oleksandr Goshko
  • Patent number: 8782960
    Abstract: On a roof having a raised seam, a method of securing a cable comprises extending a first run of cable in a direction generally parallel to the raised seam. In accordance with the method a cover is accessed having a channel dimensioned to receive the cable therein. The cover is installed on the roof at the raised seam. The cable is secured in the channel of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Malcolm Brent Nark, Bronson Rumsey, Edwin Peterson
  • Patent number: 8763310
    Abstract: An inside corner gutter piece for a roof gutter system having an angled outer wall of a center segment extending at a 45 degree angle to outer walls of two straight end segments, the outer wall of the center segment acting as a flow diverter for directing rain runoff from a roof valley into connected straight gutter sections, with a top and down turned edge acting to block a rainwater stream from flowing up and out of the outer wall of the inside corner gutter piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Jimmy J. Dehart, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8695282
    Abstract: A gutter guard for use with a K-style rain gutter includes a substantially flat center section, a guard rear flange extending from the center section and a guard lip extending from the guard rear flange. Also extending from the center section is an L-shaped guard front flange that includes a first leg joined with the center section and a second leg extending from the first leg. The guard is adapted to fit in the gutter so that a lower outside corner of the guard is nested within a first inside corner of the gutter, an upper outside corner of the guard is nested within a second inside corner of the gutter, the second leg of the guard is nested within a close inside corner of the gutter, and at least a portion of a rear wall of the gutter is nested between the guard lip and the guard rear flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Tony Glander
  • Patent number: 8650804
    Abstract: A roof valley inset provides a flexible material with angularly extending arms. Dividers may be useful to direct water toward respective arms in a base pan and the arms may taper, such as to a point away from the other arm. Dividers may be provided as permanently connected to the base pan or detachably connected for ease in shipping. The dividers may also have cantileveredly connected legs which extend above a portion of the arms to assist in covering shingles, when installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Dallas W. Skoretz
  • Patent number: 8584403
    Abstract: A fluid flow channel may include a scavenger system, which may expel solids from the channel. The channel may be supported by structure and include a floor surface, a transition surface, and a ramp surface. The scavenger system may include an actuator that may be pivotally mounted to the structure. The actuator may be attached to a face plate framework which may include a box structure for increased strength. The actuator may propel the face plate framework across the floor surface, transition surface and ramp surface of the channel. The face plate framework may be adapted for rolling reciprocating contact with the channel surface. The channel floor may afford a park position for the scavenger system and the ramp surface may be angled to reduce jamming of the scavenger system. The channel may also include a wear plate to reduce wear between the scavenger system and the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Calvin A. Frelier
  • Patent number: 8549791
    Abstract: An improved gutter system which utilizes an anchored roof segment. The roof segment allows the attachment of a gutter body or a fascia cover via a ball and socket type joint. In order to make the system more aesthetically pleasing, a decorative molding of any color or shape may be attached to the front wall of the gutter body or the fascia cover. Preferably the decorative member resembles a crown molding commonly used in the construction industry; however, an infinite number of profiles are possible and only depend on the designer of the decorative member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventors: Mark William Loughren, Robert William Peck, John S. Boardman
  • Patent number: 8528300
    Abstract: The combination of a building roof section and a flashing repositioning apparatus. The roof section has an upwardly facing surface, with an edge at which there is a fascia, and a depending flashing portion. The flashing repositioning apparatus has a flashing engaging assembly and a manipulating assembly. The flashing engaging assembly has a body defining a wedging surface and a guide surface. The guide surface is configured to be consistently located in a predetermined operative position against the fascia surface wherein the wedging surface is at a predetermined angle relative to the fascia surface. The wedging surface resides between the fascia surface and the flashing portion to define a gap into which a wall of a gutter can be directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Minor, Sr., Keith W. Minor, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8490336
    Abstract: A method comprises forming a generally u-shaped bend in flashing, installing the flashing on a roof between converging surfaces of the roof, and with a clamp comprising an attachment portion having two sections spaced apart by a gap, attaching the clamp to the bend of the flashing by positioning the bend in the gap between the two spaced apart sections and biasing at least of the sections against the bend. The heating cable may then be secured to the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Hot Edge, Inc.
    Inventor: Malcolm Brent Nark
  • Patent number: 8476558
    Abstract: An ice buildup inhibitor is disclosed useful for preventing ice damming, in particular in conjunction with the use of a closed gutter. Heat escape through a roof made warm snow pack, causing it to melt and flow down toward the gutter. After moving away from the heated roof, the water may re-freeze and form an ice dam. In the ice buildup inhibitor may be configured to warm in the closed gutter, thereby preventing the formation of an ice dam. They ice buildup inhibitor may be configured to be easily installed onto an existing closed gutter, enabling responsive installation on only those homes experiencing ice damming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Yamen Leonard Aussi, Pamela Long, Micheal Nicolas, Daniel Vargas
  • Patent number: 8397435
    Abstract: A top portion (12) of the gutter section (10) is formed with a pair of longitudinally extending, relatively spaced apart ridges (20) and with a plurality of openings (22) disposed on, infront of, in between and behind the ridges (20) for draining rainwater into the gutter (10). A front wall (13) extends downwardly from the top portion (12) and a ledge (14) extends generally horizontally form a lower portion 13B of the front wall (13). The distance D between an upper edge (17) of the front wall (13) and the horizontal ledge (14) is relatively short to improve the versatility and appearance of the cover section 10. The aluminum alloy from which the cover section (10) is formed is relatively thin and the openings (22) in the on the cover section top portion (12) are large enough to facilitate drainage, yet small enough to keep debris from accumulating on the cover section (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Anthony M. Iannelli
  • Publication number: 20130055649
    Abstract: A retractable roof structure for crop protection includes pitch sections of roof defined by a retractable membrane. The membrane is moved by cables connected to a drive tube with a spring regulate minimum tension of the cable. The drive system ensures that the membrane adjacent to the drive tube is able to travel the same distance as the second membrane from the drive tube. The rafter contains profiles to allow the stationary end of said membrane to be attached continuously to the rafters to provide a water tight connection. The rafter also contains clips which inhibit vertical, lateral and horizontal movement of the guide wires used to suspend the membrane. The guide wires are supported by flexible cables or rods. A secondary clear membrane is installed below a white upper retractable membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Volco Inc.
    Inventors: Richard VOLLEBREGT, Graham McDonald, Wayne Lickers, Robert Lickers
  • Patent number: 8341891
    Abstract: A filter for use with a rain gutter will prevent solid debris, such as leaves, from entering the gutter, but will not unduly restrict passage of rain water into and through the gutter. The filter comprises a liquid permeable strip that can be formed of a material, such as reticulated polyurethane foam. This strip is supported at the top of the gutter by a support member, which can be a thermoformed member, affixed to the underside of the strip. Legs, which can fold transversely to the strip will support the strip above the bottom of the gutter. When the legs are in a flat configuration, multiple filter members can be stacked for storage and shipping. Installation is essentially toolless and the filters can be cut to length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Mark Pavlansky, Keith Pavlansky, Stephen Larson Harper
  • Patent number: 8316585
    Abstract: A gutter cover having a foraminous central portion with a first side structure and a second side structure, the first side structure having an upwardly extending wall portion, a downwardly extending wall portion merging with the upwardly extending wall portion, and a flange portion extending outwardly from the downwardly extending wall portion, the second side structure having an upwardly extending portion and a flange arrangement associated with the second side structure, the foraminous central portion being formed of a flexible material to permit the central portion to bend to permit placement of the gutter cover in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Stephane Brochu
  • Patent number: 8261493
    Abstract: A gutter protection device includes an elongated frame having opposite first and second edge portions, opposite first and second end portions, an elongated recessed portion in a medial portion thereof, and one or more insert panels removably secured within the recessed portion. The recessed portion extends from the frame first end portion to the frame second end portion, and includes a plurality of gutter access openings arranged longitudinally in end-to-end spaced-apart relationship. Each insert panel is removably secured within the frame recessed portion, and includes opposite first and second edge portions, opposite end portions, and opposite upper and lower surfaces. Each panel includes a plurality of spaced-apart openings formed therethrough that permit water to flow into a rain gutter. A filtering screen is secured to the insert panel lower surface and covers the insert panel openings. The filtering screen is configured to prevent the passage of debris therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Phalanx Gutter Guard, LLC
    Inventor: Shane Hedrick
  • Patent number: 8215082
    Abstract: A substantially flat roof has elongated log-shaped members arranged horizontally in adjacent, side-by-side relation. Each log-shaped member has a contoured upper surface, and the contoured upper surfaces of adjacent members define a space between them that tapers from a maximum width at the highest elevation of the contoured surfaces to a minimum width where the contoured surfaces of adjacent log-shaped members are closest together. Elongated inserts are arranged between the contoured upper surfaces. Each insert has a wide portion that abuts an adjacent pair of the contoured upper surfaces at a relatively high elevation, and tapers to a narrow portion that abuts the contoured surfaces at a relatively low elevation substantially at the ends of the adjacent pair of log-shaped members. Rain falling on the roof drains by gravity from the contoured upper surfaces to the inserts and along the inserts towards their narrow portions and falls from the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Alejandro Stein
  • Patent number: 8215080
    Abstract: A gutter assembly for collecting and channelling rainwater run-off from a roof structure, including: one or more elongate gutter members; at lease one mounting bracket for pivotably mounting each gutter member at the roof structure such that each gutter member is movable between an in-use collecting and channelling position and a substantially inverted cleaning position; and, at least one actuator which acts on one or more gutter members to move the gutter member by generating a pushing force to pivot the gutter member about the mounting bracket to the cleaning position and pulling force to cause the gutter member to return to the in-use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: No-Sweat Gutters P/L
    Inventors: Raibeart W. McNeish, Liem Rossney
  • Patent number: 8201364
    Abstract: A rigid component is formed of a plurality of coupled cylinders. Each cylinder has a circular cross sectional configuration with an axis, a top, a bottom, first and second sides and a slit. The coupled cylinders have parallel axes and include an upper plane with the axes in a common upper plane and a lower plane with the axes in a common lower plane. The slits face downwardly in the upper plane and upwardly in the lower plane. The slits receive a side of each of its adjacent cylinders. The cylinders are secured with respect to each other by the resilience of the cylinders at their slits holding the sides of the cylinders passing through the slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Cedo Tomas
  • Patent number: 8176687
    Abstract: A gutter system is provided to guard a gutter from the entry of leaves, debris, pine needles, twigs, and the like, and to prevent water and animals from entry. In at least one embodiment, a hanger bracket is configured to secure a gutter to a building, and configured to secure an upper gutter cover and a lower gutter cover, in a tiered, stair-step manner, to the gutter. In another embodiment a gutter system is provided that includes a gutter, an upper gutter cover, a lower gutter cover, and a hanger bracket configured to secure the gutter to a building having a roof and rainwater runoff, and configured to secure the upper gutter cover and the lower gutter cover, in a tiered, stair-step manner, to the gutter. In yet another embodiment a method for protecting gutters from debris other than rainwater runoff is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Ramon R. Roque Alonso
  • Patent number: 8132583
    Abstract: A raintrough support clip includes a generally cylindrical main body made from an elastically resilient material, and having a circumferential gap to facilitate mounting of the main body around the awning reel of a recreation vehicle awning assembly of the type having a flexible valance sheet extending downward from the outer edge of the awning reel. The raintrough support clip also has an outrigger member extending outwardly from a lower region of the main body, with an upturned portion forming a generally U-shaped space between the outrigger and the main body. When a suitable number of the raintrough support clips are mounted along the length of the awning reel, the valance sheet may be readily deformed to form a rainwater drainage trough for receiving runoff from the awning. The drainage trough thus formed will carry runoff to one or both ends of the awning reel, thereby preventing the runoff from falling over the awning reel and forming a runoff curtain therebelow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: James Stewart Mowatt, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20110277391
    Abstract: A roof valley inset provides a flexible material with angularly extending arms. Dividers may be useful to direct water toward respective arms in a base pan and the arms may taper, such as to a point away from the other arm. Dividers may be provided as permanently connected to the base pan or detachably connected for ease in shipping. The dividers may also have cantileveredly connected legs which extend above a portion of the arms to assist in covering shingles, when installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Dallas W. Skoretz
  • Patent number: 8001729
    Abstract: A gutter cover installation for covering a roof eave gutter to prevent debris from entering the gutter includes a main portion of the gutter cover formed with a pattern of openings and an outer edge of the outer side of the gutter cover projecting out and down past an outer wall of the gutter to form a diverter preventing overflow from flowing over the outer surface of the gutter outer wall and thereby avoid staining the same. The gutter cover inner side is held up by segments formed on the inner side of the cover forming a channel which projects down below the main portion and is engaged with a mounting bracket installed within the gutter to be supported thereby. An elastomeric sealing strip is inserted into the channel and projects up and back into engagement with a drip edge or fascia installed at the roof eave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventors: Robert E. Joly, Jr., Terry Claypool
  • Patent number: 7987634
    Abstract: A gutter cover inside miter to be used with both open valley and closed valley roof miters, where the gutter cover inside miter is formed by coupling two primary member having a stem, legs, a tapered trough, a diverter and a plurality of draining and guide vents oriented to accommodate a variety of water flows. The gutter cover inside miter is also used with an underlying gutter cover as a system to improve the functionality of the gutter cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: Lance D. Bailey, Randall R. Bailey, Brian M. Beck, David R. Herdrich
  • Patent number: 7950187
    Abstract: A top portion (12) of the gutter section (10) is formed with a pair of longitudinally extending, relatively spaced apart ridges (20) and with a plurality of openings (22) disposed on, in front of, in between and behind the ridges (20) for draining rainwater into the gutter (10). A front wall (13) extends downwardly from the top portion (12) and a ledge (14) extends generally horizontally form a lower portion 13B of the front wall (13). The distance D between an upper edge (17) of the front wall (13) and the horizontal ledge (14) is relatively short to improve the versatility and appearance of the cover section 10. The aluminum alloy from which the cover section (10) is formed is relatively thin and the openings (22) in the on the cover section top portion (12) are large enough to facilitate drainage, yet small enough to keep debris from accumulating on the cover section (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony M Iannelli
  • Patent number: 7849636
    Abstract: A gutter and sheeting material holding device comprises an elongated body having a bottom wall, and side walls extending from opposed sides of the bottom wall. The bottom and side walls define a gutter for channeling a liquid. Sheet holding channels are provided at a distal end of the side walls. Wedges are inserted into the sheet holding channels for anchoring sheets or membranes to the side walls of the gutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Sunarc of Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Baudhuin, Joey Villeneuve, Martin Desaulniers
  • Patent number: 7836637
    Abstract: The leading wall of the valley diverter has a convex outer surface and is adapted to be axially aligned with a downwardly extending valley disposed between converging roof slopes. First and second generally straight side walls extend and taper downwardly from opposite ends of the leading wall and define an angle of ninety degrees or less. A support member extends between the leading wall and the side walls and comprises a canopy and an intermediate wall extending between the side walls, or a larger canopy that is coextensive with the side walls, or a mounting flange extending generally horizontally and inwardly from lower ends of the leading wall and the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Anthony M. Iannelli
  • Patent number: 7805890
    Abstract: A debris-filtering downspout and other water runoff conduits and receptacles are disclosed, and include a screen mounted within a conduit, a culvert, a storm water conveyance or secured to a water collection basin. The screen provides high water throughput and is self-cleaning while effectively filtering debris contained in an incoming water stream. Optionally, media pads may be included to further scrub the water before it exits the downspout assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventors: Steven E. Esmond, Larry Quinn, Robert K. Weir
  • Patent number: 7805889
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for controlling flow of water from a roof valley into guttering comprising: a generally rectangular, generally planar piece of stock material having two substantially parallel side edges, a back end edge and a right-angle V-shaped front edge, an area of the material that is perforated with a plurality of open slots for allowing rainwater but not debris therethrough; and a front wall that extends downward at the front edge. Sidewalls with vertical slits extend downward at the side edges for raising the stock material above the roof surfaces. Pleats in the front wall enable a preferred installation method that laterally curves the stock material, depressing a longitudinal centerline below the side edges. The method further includes trimming the sidewalls to decrease in height front to back to allow inserting the back end under singles, and securing the front wall within an outward wall of the guttering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: O. Lynn Barnett
  • Patent number: 7765743
    Abstract: A rain gutter screen assembly for use at the inside corner of a rain gutter. The assembly includes a screen having portions sized to overlie intersecting ends of the rain gutter sections, to allow water cascading down the roof corner to flow into the intersecting ends while blocking the entry of debris into the intersecting ends, and a central portion sized to extend outwardly beyond outboard edges of the intersecting ends in cantilever fashion; and a frame structure mounting outboard edges of the screen and defining a plate extending outwardly beyond the outboard edges of the intersecting ends in cantilever fashion in underlying relation to the central screen portion, whereby cascading water trajecting beyond the intersecting ends may pass through the central screen portion and onto the cantilever plate for redirection into the rain gutter sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Russell Guilford
  • Patent number: 7748170
    Abstract: A bulkhead floor drain for positioning in the basement floor at the base of bulkhead stairs, such bulkhead floor drain extending beyond each side of the width of such bulkhead stair opening. The bulkhead floor drain has a top cover member and a lower channel duct positioned thereunder, such top cover member having a plurality of diagonal slots defined therein for passage therethrough of water and debris coming down said bulkhead stairs and falling into the lower channel duct, such bulkhead floor drain to direct such water to drainage areas to prevent water from flowing further onto the basement floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: James M. Pratt
  • Patent number: 7726077
    Abstract: A gutter cover system including a gutter cover and a bracket member having a shaft with a wall end having a curved member with a raised profile, and a swivel end; a tab member extending upwardly from the raised profile and forming an outwardly directed slot; and a lip member affixed to the swivel end configured to be mating received within the lip of a gutter. The gutter cover including a planar panel for positioning on the roof, an arcuate nose, and a lower member with a foot configured for matingly inwardly insertion into the slot; the raised profile structured to facilitate installation of the bracket member and installation of the gutter cover on the bracket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventors: Edna F. Dowling, Torry B. Dowling
  • Patent number: 7617636
    Abstract: A gutter for collecting water from a roof includes a flange having a channel extending along a top edge of the gutter front side. A gutter bracket is positioned entirely within the gutter trough with one end of the gutter bracket and a rear side of the gutter secured to the fascia of a building. An opposing end of the gutter bracket and the front side of the gutter are commonly secured to a screened room frame. A splashguard extends along the front side of the gutter and includes a bottom flange and a rib mating with the channel of the gutter with the flanges fastened together. A splashguard top edge flange has a channel for receiving a spline securing the screening to the splashguard. A splashguard bracket is secured between an upper portion of the splashguard and the gutter bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: James E. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 7610721
    Abstract: In summary, this invention is a rain gutter debris removal system, including a rain gutter and a debris removal device operable within the gutter. The gutter includes a back wall and a bottom channel member. The debris removal device includes an upright scavenging blade mounted within and lengthwise of the channel for movement between a home position retracted against the back wall, and an extended forward position across the channel. An actuator moves the scavenging blade between home and extended positions, whereby to expel debris from the channel. The scavenging blade includes a wiper blade along its bottom for wiping engagement with the gutter channel. The actuator includes a reciprocable expansible chamber device positioned between the back wall and the scavenging blade, and connected to the back wall for pivotal movement up and down, the wiper blade thereby maintaining wiping engagement with the gutter channel as the blade traverses the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Calvin A. Frelier
  • Patent number: 7584577
    Abstract: A debris-filtering downspout and other water runoff conduits and receptacles are disclosed, and include a screen mounted within a conduit, a culvert, a storm water conveyance or secured to a water collection basin. The screen provides high water throughput and is self-cleaning while effectively filtering debris contained in an incoming water stream. Optionally, media pads may be included to further scrub the water before it exits the downspout assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventors: Steven E. Esmond, Larry Quinn, Robert K. Weir
  • Patent number: 7500332
    Abstract: A rain gutter diverter includes a body and a diverter wall. The body includes a roof and side walls to capture water running down a valley between roof sections. The diverted wall forms a vertical splitter and directs the captured flow into the gutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Edward E. Garcia
  • Patent number: 7451571
    Abstract: A flashing and associated assembly and method for directing water along an interface between a roof and a wall are provided. The flashing, which can be formed as a unitary molded plastic member, has an angled configuration. In particular, a roof portion of the flashing is configured to be disposed on the roof, and first and second flanges extend perpendicularly from the roof portion to define a continuous passage for receiving water. The flanges define an obtuse angle therebetween so that when one flange is disposed against the wall the other flange is configured to direct water flowing along the passage away from the wall. The flashing can be reversible so that the same flashing can be selectively installed at wall-roof interfaces of different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: L. Ross Allen
  • Patent number: 7428799
    Abstract: A rain gutter includes a back wall, bottom member, and front wall, forming an elongated channel. The front wall is pivotally connected along the bottom member for forward movement between an upstanding position and a downward open position. An upright scavenger blade mounted in and along the channel is movable between a retracted position and a forward position to push the front wall open and dump the gutter contents. The scavenger blade includes a flexible wiper along its bottom to slide across the channel bottom. The system is actuated by a piston which reciprocates the scavenger blade across the channel, between retracted and extended positions. The actuator system also includes a base plate parallel to the back wall, a channel span parallel to the base plate, and parallel hinge plates connecting the base plate and channel span, all together forming a four-bar linkage. An actuator arm is pivotally connected at one end to the base plate, and slidably connected at its other end to the channel span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Inventor: Calvin Frelier
  • Patent number: 7240458
    Abstract: There is provided a transparent plastic film roof for a building, comprising two transparent plastic films, which are fixed to edge rafters extending from a ridgepole to a ridge plate and are formed in a bag-like structure for serving as a building roof, wherein warm air is supplied from an air supply port into the bag-like structure to maintain the bag-like structure in a tensioned state, and air in the bag-like structure is discharged from an air discharge port. There is also provided a multi-ridge building, wherein a liquid passing pipe is disposed in the same direction as long film-clamping assemblies in the vicinity of a valley portion of the multi-ridge roof formed by the two transparent plastic films, and wherein the liquid passing pipe is configured to pass warm water or warm antifreezing fluid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Green-Tec Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Ishisaki
  • Patent number: 7121047
    Abstract: A flashing assembly that incorporates a plurality of overlapping flashing sections that are each preferably formed from a sheet material. Each section includes opposite edge portions that are arranged about a generally V-shaped configuration. Joining the sections together is at least one clinch joint that is substantially formed and registered upon the overlapping edge portions of at least two different overlapping flashing sections. The clinch joint is adapted to releasably fasten the at least two sections. Various modifications include one or more additional clinch joints that are also substantially formed upon the same overlapping edge portions of the first clinch joint and the V-shaped configuration that forms an angle of approximately 90 degrees. In other variations of the preceding modifications, the clinch joint is a mechanical press fit interference joint or a welded, press fit, or adhesive joint, or some combination or permutation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: StepFast, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Joseph Quinn