It's said that gutters are a vital and irreplaceable part of your property's drainage system. But is this really the case?
It's true that they prevent rain damage, reduce erosion, protect the faÃ§ade of your home, and more. But guttering isn't the only system capable of doing this.
Furthermore, you'll no doubt find that your gutters become regularly blocked by debris such as leaves. As a consequence you'll have to give them a thorough cleansing at least four times a year. And this isn't the only problem - unless they're made of naturally attractive materials such as copper, your gutters are unlikely to compliment the look of your building.
Are you experiencing these issues? Want to know more about the gutter alternatives you could have installed on your premises? Then keep reading!
Many people are sceptical of rain chains. But this is because they're unsure how they work - the system takes water from the roof of your property to the ground via a series of chains and cups. This slows the speed of the water and ensures that no erosion is caused. Essentially, they perform the same operation as downspouts. However, they're much more attractive. If you have them installed you won't find any need to hide them from sight. There are many different types of all colours and shapes. And you can find the ones that suit the specific look of your property.
A Rain Dispersal System
You've probably heard of Rainhandler but haven't been aware that it's a gutter alternative. It's the most popular rain dispersal system on the market today and has won several awards for its effectiveness and environmental friendliness. But how exactly does it work? Louvres are installed around the roof of your property. And they deflect water away from the base of your home. This not only stops erosion, but aids the dispersal of water on your premises. The system can be easily fitted. And it's unique design allows for any leaves or other debris that would normally become trapped in gutters to blow away.
Quite simply this involves using blocks to direct the flow of water from your roof, away from your property. This path should start directly underneath the edge of your roof and continue all the way down to the ground. You can adapt this channel how you see fit. For instance, you could construct a further path for the water to flow into once it reaches the ground. This could lead to one of the drains on your premises or to an area which you wish to irrigate. Wondering how you could do this? Simply lay small rocks and stones down. Keep them tight together so no water can escape. You should know that one documented disadvantage of this method is the constant dripping sounds that are created. This can be very irritating.
Did you know that you can buy a type of gutter that isn't easily visible? This is ideal because they provide the same level of protection against rain damage as ordinary guttering, but aren't in any way an eye sore. They're called Box gutters and they also require much less maintenance than your everyday drainage system. They should be positioned at the edge of your roof - they act as troughs. While the benefits of these gutters are obvious, there's also one large drawback. Issues such as corrosion, blockages, and more will not be easily spotted due to the fact they're hidden from view.
Ready To Choose?
Now you've got more information about various types of gutter alternatives, you can make an informed decision about which drainage system you'd like to have on your property. But remember, if you want the best results you should hire a professional team to perform the installation. Take note, you won't have to provide any equipment. Just sit back and relax while expert technicians get the job done for you!