Leroy I concurr with Susan. We just installed a stop gutter to the Pritchard House in Titusville, Florida
www.pritchardhouse.com Go to restoration gallery on website and you will see photos of this. Also
www.durablerestorationfl.com I worked at Durable Slate and then was a team member that created Durable Restoration and assisted with opening the Florida Branch Office.
Wow! I did not know about Durable Restoration. Is it still all one company?
Hi, my company has been doing historical restoration for 37 years. When I was a contractor in Los Angeles I did the hollywood estate homes to Greene and Greene museum and homes. My company has been in Colorado for the last 18 years and for the last 15 years I solely did preservation work with the State Historian fund. This last year I gotten back into assisting home owners with their older homes.
I have heard this type referred to as a "Yankee Gutter" in period texts.
I guess it's a pejorative, as this is less costly than a true box gutter system (completely integrated into the cornice work) and yankees had the reputation for being thrifty.
If the runs are short, less than 24', there's no reason these couldn't be made at a metal roofing shop and brought on site.
Of course, if you can find someone locally who has the tooling to make these on a continuous forming press, all the better.
sounds like a Yankee gutter to me LeRoy. They are a nightmare to maintain and they often leak water into your soffet.
I thought I'd add to this old thread. My roof contractor said gutters were not a good idea. I had snow guards put on and they are great until you get a lot of snow, a quick melt and a deep freeze. However, I don't get much in the way of blocked gutters! The slate is a synthetic made by Ecostar and it's been terrific to date.
About not having gutters..... what did your contractor say and what does one do on the ground to handle the water besides grading away from the house?
I would dearly like to do away with the gutters amd spouts if possible. There is also a problem with ground water though that we can't figure out. comes up in the cellar center near the chimney where dirt meets concrete.
An architech didn't like the idea of removing earth (clay, here) right next to the foundation. for the laying of tile. There is an exterior sump - a 20"x12' shaft outside and a "well" - 4' x ? (just found it while tryiing to plant a tree - it was filled with sand and topsoil and overplanted wiht grass. It fed to a cistern (filled with rubble now)whihc fed to an interior tank cistern and then piped up to the attic tank) There's lots more on that but - what did he say about handling water wiht no gutters?