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LottaLiving.com • So a strange question about "dirty raindrop bounce"
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So a strange question about "dirty raindrop bounce"

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:28 pm
by Scott NC
I honestly don't know how to word it except that.
My flat roof facia has always had the drip guard
properly in place. But even so, water still drips down below.
And not one place around the perimeter of my house is
there a welcoming spot for the rain to not bounce an abundant amount of
dirt onto my panels, brick, or anything that is 2 feet high within
ground level. Rocks don't cut it. I can't grow grass. Plants don't grow.
I included one side of the house somewhat showing the ground and
how the panels will be totally dirty after a rain. The 2nd pic I just "painted"
in what my vision of concrete would be. It would bounce, but at least be a clean bounce and if I wanted plants, they'll be in pots. This is somewhat my
last resort after 7 years of dealing with it. Seems most of the west coast eichlers, etc have their houses surrounded by concrete, or at least the concrete starts where the overhang ends. Any help?

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Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:45 pm
by egads
What you need are rain gutters, they direct water away. Of course on a modern house one would need to have "box" style ones made by a sheet metal guy. The seamless machines do have a simple plain box former available to fit them, but those guys rarely have one.

Edit: (got called away in the middle of this) One also uses plain, smooth box downspouts. Ones with soldered angles and not preformed ELs. The very bottom most one can be a premade piece, but the actual downspouts need to disappear, painted to match the surface they run across. Sometimes that even means they get painted different colors in different places along their run.

Directing water away from a building's foundation is very important. Houses do not like wet feet. It can cause sinking, dry rot, and make a hospitable environment for termites. It is best to get the excess water away. A slab around the permimiter is not really going to address the splash back, just make it less muddy. The water, muddy or clean needs to be directed away.

Do a Google image search on box gutters to get an idea of what I'm talking about. Most gutter & sheet metal guys are going to consider this work "commercial" because this what is specified in such projects.

Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:40 am
by Scott NC

Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:02 am
by egads

Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:24 pm
by Scott NC

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:29 am
by johnnyapollo

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:23 pm
by Scott NC

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:04 pm
by egads

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:00 pm
by Scott NC

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:28 am
by johnnyapollo

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:11 pm
by Scott NC
update. Going a different route to see what happens.
Going to get some sod tomorrow and give one side of the
house the experiment. I like the roof clean fascia/flashing too much
to cover it with something that was never there in the first place
when built.
So I'll try for some St Augustine sod which does well with shade.
I'll see if this acts as a cushion when it rains. That's what I'm hoping for.
Then again it is winter, so sod might be dormant:P
we'll see.