b Dispense With Rain Gutters?
I’m about to finish a new two story house in the country.
The owner says he knows a friend, a general contractor in Virginia, who no longer installs rain gutters.
Instead, this contractor digs a trench about 18″ wide directly under the roof edge, completely around the perimeter of the house. The trench is abut 18″ deep too, I think he said. And the trench is filled up with “chat” or small limestone, or small rocks of any kind which don’t dissolve in rainwater.
He says this does away with leaves and pine needles filling up the gutters. Says it eliminates a little fire hazard since there aren’t any gutters to collect leaves, etc. Gutters don’t get blocked up since there ain’t any.
Now of course, my owner wants me to install this system.
I confess I’ve never seen this system in operation.
Does anyone out there have experience with it? I’d appreciate your comments and advice.
What are the drawbacks to such a system?
If I’m gonna do it I want to do it before the power is hooked up to the house; don’t want one of my men electrocuted digging around the base of the house.
It does sound kinda nice in that no gutters would improve the appearance of the roofline, in my opinion. But if this were such a proven thing, I would expect to have seen it all around the country and I haven’t. Or maybe it’s out there and I just haven’t noticed it.
Thaks for any guidance