anybody know about those gutters that diffuse the water at the edge of
the roof (so you don't need a trough and downspout)? specifically do
they work? how well can they handle heavy water flow?
I remember reading about them, but can't find much with google, which
makes me think they may not work well
I've seen a couple of advertisements, with different configurations. I've
never actually seen them on a structure.
Search Google for: Gutterless gutters
Here's one site that's listed. http://rainbreakerz.com/customer/home.php
Yes, it's known as a fan. Just make sure you get something over 15,000 RPM
like a jet turbine or something. That way you almost guarantee that all
the diffused particles go out the other end and don't splatter on you.
They are good advertisers. They spill water around/near your
foundation, promoting water damage, encouraging insects and fungus.
Water should be carried at least 10 feet from the foundation--not even
a typical splash block can do.
One of the main functions of gutters is to collect the water and allow
you to divert the flow away from the house. The rainhandlers don't do
that at all. Their claim that it essentially atomizes the droplets
and disperse it over a wider area. This is not exactly accurate. The
water stills lands fairly close to the building.
They also have a tendency to create several furrows in the soil under
them, where no gutter at all would create just one.
Interesting idea - fails in application.
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