How do I substitute for gutters?

I am originally from south Florida where gutters were not really used. Now living in Dallas, my home does not have gutters. I don’t have the money right now to install gutters. My ground/grass is eroding in the spots where the water falls from the roof. I was thinking of adding some landscaping to those areas (maybe shrubs). I was thinking of adding rock/pebbles instead of moltch. Any suggestions?

By | 2013-08-25T01:20:21+00:00 August 25th, 2013|Mortgages Home Loans Interest Rate|5 Comments

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  1. ttt520328 August 25, 2013 at 3:50 AM - Reply

    If putting up gutter is not your option,then create a cheap cement paviour or pavior stone where the rainwater meet the ground. Dig a channel along it to drain the water away. Add shrub along the paviour to beautify the surrounding.

  2. Jim S August 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM - Reply

    I, too, live in the Dallas area. I have been getting my Asian Jasmine to spread around the house in the drip line. However, one of my projects for this fall is to get gutters up.

  3. Tedruski August 25, 2013 at 2:22 AM - Reply

    If you put something hard like stones, rocks they will cause the water to splash back onto the lower portion of the house. If it brick or stucco this main discolor it after a while.
    Shrubs are more costly, however they would dissipate the water coming off the roof, and also provide some thermal protection from the hot sun. Shrubs would be my choice.Choose a hardy shrub and the falling water will not hurt it. Set the shrubs directly under the edge line of the roof, that way when heavy rains come the water will be running fast enough off the roof that it will fall out past the shrubs. Then the shrubs will only get the normal gentle run-off.Mulch around the shrubs – it will absorb the rainwater also. Guttering installed is about $4 per lineal foot. Include downspout lengths in your lineal foot calculations.
    Good Luck

  4. This Old House August 25, 2013 at 2:17 AM - Reply

    The rock/pebbles approach can work, but there’s a downside–you’ll be raking rocks out of your lawn all the time. Here’s more on the pros/cons of this approach.

    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/asktoh/question/0,,466259,00.html?xid=yahoo-answers&partner=yes

    As for landscaping, the cascade of water falling off the roof can be harmful to plants, and ends up digging a shallow trench where it falls. Gutters are really the best solution in most climates. Depending on your skills, you might be able to put them up yourself, which would save money. Here’s how:

    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,442134,00.html?xid=yahoo-answers&partner=yes

  5. Tommy R August 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM - Reply

    Place a concrete stepping stone at the locations where the roof runoffs hit the ground. use your imagination And you can be creative with it to even place small shrubs around it to hide it… or even several to make a sort of stepping stone walkway along the front of your home.

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