Is there a gutter that doesn't need cleaning? This was a question I found and answered on quora. Years ago when I was looking through the back pages of a popular mechanics magazine. There was a drawing of a gutter that claimed to never need cleaning. It looked strange and exotic and I was really curious about how it could possibly work. It was called the Rainhandler. Fast forward 10 years and I had a customer hire me to remove some Rainhandlers and to replace them with traditional gutters. When I saw them in real life I instantly recognized them from the magazine years before.
What is the Rainhandler? It is a roof water apparatus put out by Savetime Corperation. It consists of rows of fins or vanes that filter the water from the roof. Traditional gutters function by catching and collecting the water that pours off the roof. Once that water is in the gutter, the water flows down the downspouts and to the ground. Ideally the downspout should empty out away from the house to prevent water damage. The Rainhandler is very different. The water that pours off the roof hits the rainhandler slots and the fins supposedly break up the water into little droplets and are then projected away from the house.
Does this "gutter" break up the water and project it enough to prevent water damage? I would have to have one installed on my house to be able to answer that question.
When I removed the old Rainhandlers from my customers home, they were not working properly because birds had built nests on top of them. My impression from searching the internet, is that birds love building nests on the Rainhandler and bird nests seem to be a common problem for this product.
To my surprise the Rainhandler has a fairly good rating on Amazon and the Home depot web site, so there must be people who are happy with it. If you have had an experience with this product good or bad, feel free to leave a comment.