Florida CCC 1326909

Alternatives to Gutters

Alternatives to Gutters

Gutters have been used for decades to effectively move water away from your roof before structural damage can occur. Gutters, however, can be hard to keep clean, and when they fill with dirt and debris, they do not do their job effectively. After you have roofing contractors in Daytona, like Century Roofing Specialist, put a new roof on your home, you will need to decide if gutters are right for you. Other homeowners do not like the look of gutters or know that they do not have the money to get them cleaned regularly. If you are one of these homeowners, then there are alternatives that you may want to consider installing.

Rain Chains

Rain chains direct water from the roof to the ground using a series of chains and cups. They are aesthetically very pleasing. You need to consider the amount of water that may pour off your roof during a heavy rain because you may need to install many of them to do the job efficiently. Cup and funnel style rain chains splash less water, which may be important near doors and walkways. You can direct the water into a basin, into a landscaped area or let it naturally soak into the ground at the bottom.

Rain Dispersal Systems

Rain dispersal systems are slanted, so they direct the water onto the ground. Like rain chains, it is important to consider where the water will go once it hits the ground or you may end up with ground floor water issues. They are most effective on wide eaves where the water naturally falls away from the foundation.

Drip Edge

Drip edges are metal plates that are usually shaped like an “L” that attaches to the edge of your roof. They can be used alongside gutters or without them. They are a great way to seal any cracks between the fascia and your roof’s decking so that water and pests cannot enter your home there.


You may also want to consider installing louvres on your home. While originally designed to block sunlight coming in windows and to keep the sun off patios, when closed these metal strips can be used to create rain channels. They make a great way to keep water away from your foundation, can help stop erosion and can keep muddy water off your home’s siding.

French Drains

A French drain is a trench containing a pipe that is designed to move water away from your home where it falls off the valley. While these trenches are often filled with gravel, it is relatively easy to landscape around a French drain so that they look beautiful.

Regardless of which type of water removal system you ultimately decide on, it is essential that you have one in place. First, however, you need to make sure that your roof is in excellent condition as the valleys where water runs are often one of the first places to leak. Contact Century Roofing Specialist to get these roofing contractors in Daytona to look at your roof today.