How to Install an Alternative to Gutters
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva installs an alternative to a gutter where a traditional one does not work
- Remove the old gutter by prying off the spikes with a hammer and a prybar. Then unscrew the gutter from the fascia with the drill driver.
- Mark 10” from the end of the house, then 30” from the end of the house, then 50” from the end.
- Screw the mounting brackets on your marks as far down the fascia board as possible. It should be at least 4” down from the roof edge and 1 ½” from the drip edge.
- Clip the louvers on the rain dispersal system into the brackets.
- Repeat the process as necessary to cover the whole side of the house.
In most circumstances, traditional-style gutters are the most effective at diverting water as far away from structures as possible, but they also require a downspout in order to redirect that water. In cases where large sections of roof require a gutter and there is no good place for a downspout, a rain dispersal system can be a viable option.
Tom installed a white aluminum rain dispersal system, manufactured by Rainhandler. The system comes with screws, brackets, and extenders if the fascia board is too short.