Cleaning gutters can be a nuisance and very often, a time consuming and tedious task. Typically done by most as a maintenance task in the fall, it is a chore that many face with dread and trepidation. What most don’t realize is that they should probably be cleaning their gutters even more often than that; perhaps 3-4 times a year in fact!
As if the chore wasn’t daunting enough, the necessary use of a ladder to complete the job can often introduce safety concerns. For those of you who are tired of facing this task on an annual or semi-annual basis, gutterless rain gutters may be the answer you have been looking for!
Homeowners understand the importance of having rain gutters. They are crucial to protecting your home’s siding, windows, doors and foundation from water damage, but the cost can sometimes put a homeowner off.
One thing that should be considered when deciding between regular gutters and gutterless rain gutters is whether you are going to have to pay someone to clean regular gutters 3-4 times a year or whether you are going to attempt the dreaded chore yourself.
If you plan on hiring someone to do the work, that should factor into the cost of installing regular gutters over gutterless systems. When they crunch numbers, most people see that gutterless rain gutters are well worth the investment.
Gutterless rain gutters operate the same way as the in roof version but it's located at the other side of the problem area. The gutterless system technically has a gutter but it works instead by catching the rain as it falls off the roof into an above ground gutter set up and stores it in a bunch of plastic containers.
You can have this drip out slowly so it won't damage the foundation. Some build these on wood shelves so the water can then be sprinkled over a garden safely to recycle the water.
Below is a picture of what two versions look like. The second version is simply a raised plank that takes the waterfall beating then drains the water out protecting the foundation.