I just finished a large historic home remodeling and expansion project. The home was built in 1900 with a metal standing seam roof and hidden gutters. The original home was built by master carpenters and the hidden gutters and down spouts are perfectly placed so water doesnt pool in the gutters. I wish I could say the same thing about the new section of the house. There are sections where water pools in the gutters and makes its way through the soffits.
My roofer, who claimed to be an expert in old home metal roofs, now claims that it's never a good idea to keep hidden gutters because quality carpenters who have the time and patience to put the gutter substrate together correctly just dont exist.
To my uneducated eye it doesnt seem like rocket science. Water flows downhill. It takes the path of least resistance. It's all about creating a slight slope to direct the water and making sure that seams are flush. Is that too much to ask?
Regardless of what I think i've now been stuck with a hidden gutter system that pools water. Is there anyone out there that can help me salvage this gutter system or do I believe the roofer who claims that it impossible to build a functioning hidden gutter system in 2012?