Our log cabin home doesn't have gutters. Run off from the roof is
beginning to erode the soil next to the foundation. The slope from
the front of the house to the back is fairly steep. We don't have
basement water issues; the water flows down and away pretty quickly,
but that's where the erosion is becoming a problem. The roof lines
are simple and gutters wouldn't be much of a project and would solve
the problem. But I prefer the look of the house without gutters.
Can I solve this problem with rip rap along the foundation to control
the erosion? What type of rock would suit best? Any reason I
shouldn't go this route?
We have areas around our condo - not on a hill - where runoff is direct
from the roof without downspouts/gutters, and sections of flat roof that
drain with downspouts. Erosion was making a mess and splashing dirt all
over white building. For areas that would not grow anything, hubby and
I put down landscape cloth with river rock on top. For a steep slope,
you might be able to combine river rock with something crosswise so the
rock doesn't go down the hill. Ours is large enough to use leaf blower
without disturbing it. You would want to make sure soil can't wash onto
the rock/cloth, or it will get weedy. You might also want to put in
something that will redirect or slow the water at the bottom of the
slope so it doesn't wash out a new gully. We are in FL, and with heavy
rains, the downspouts really make a deluge. I planted thick, tall
grassy plants to help disperse the water. In a couple of places, I dug
out a shallow hole, put in a couple of plastic trays (that nurseries use
for small seedlings) at bottom of downspout, filled 'em with rock. It
slows the water and disperses it better than the concrete thingies made
for downspout drainage.
Around our cabin gutters and the resulting flume of water coming out of the
downspout would cut a drought through the clay so we thought that would be a
poor choice. We tried to use stone which was as close in appearance to the
surrounding soil and rock as possible. In our case the area around the
cabin is clay and slate so we didn't use the easily accessable limestone -
we used sandstone in large sized chunks (1 or 1.5 ?). Works great. Good
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