FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Better Than Gutters! Better Than No Gutters!
What is Rainhandler?
Rainhandler replaces conventional gutters to protect your home from the harmful effects of rain and snow. It consists of 3/4″ wide aluminum louvers that have been compared to an open Venetian blind.
How Does Rainhandler Work?
As the rain comes off your roof, Rainhandler’s seven angled louvers break up the heavy sheet of water into small drops. These drops are deflected away from your home where they fall harmlessly to the ground in a 3 foot band.
To understand the benefit, picture the solid sheet of water that would pour down around your home from a clogged gutter. Its force would dig a trench at best and destroy gardens and back water up against your home’s foundation at worst. Even unclogged gutters funnel water into a downspout that dumps the water into a small area that quickly becomes saturated.
Compare this picture to the scientific dispersal of water in small, harmless drops evenly around your home and you’ll understand the advantage of Rainhandler.
Why is there no dealer or installer in my area?
This is a do-it-yourself product. If you do not want to install it yourself, a handyman can do the job for you. A local Hardware Store or Home Center can usually recommend one. Because of their ease installation, most of our customers buy directly from us or online from Home Depot and install it themselves. Each Rainhandler comes with 6 screws and 3 brackets, so no special skills are required.
Is It True Rainhandler Will Never Give Me The Clogging Or Cleaning Problems Associated With Gutters?
Rainhandler’s open aluminum louvers allow leaves and debris to either blow away or fall through. Snow and ice have no place to build up. Rainhandler is self-cleaning.
What Happens If Something Does Get Caught In The Louvers?
In the rare event this does happen, it won’t materially affect the Rainhandler’s performance because unlike a gutter, it won’t affect the entire system. You merely wash it off from ground level. A two dollar high pressure nozzle will reach 2 stories or more.
How Does Rainhandler Improve The Appearance Of My Home Compared To A Conventional Gutter System?
Rainhandler is nearly invisible when it’s installed, so the natural lines of your home aren’t broken up by pipes and downspouts. Rainhandler comes in white or brown baked on enamel, and natural aluminum. Because they are so invisible few people paint them to exactly match their fascia, but they are easily spray painted.
How Do I Know How Many Rainhandler Sections I Will Need?
You measure the linear footage of the fascia board runs around your home and divide by 5′, the length of each Rainhandler section. If you end up with a fraction, round off to the next 5′ increment.
Can the Rainhandler be cut?
Yes, it can be cut.
What About Doorways and Roof Valleys?
For unprotected doorways, the Rainhandler Doorbrella accessory ensures that water is directed to the Rainhandler sections on either side. The Roof Valley Rain Diverter may be needed at the bottom of long valleys with exposed metal flashing.
How can I use the Doorbrella if I have a standing seam metal roof?
Because of the standing seams, the Doorbrella must be mounted another way. Using a 5″ Drip Edge Extender and mounting the Doorbrella on the top of it solves the problem.
Will The Rainhandler Work On Metal and Barrel Tile Roofs?
Some metal and barrel tile roofs tend to shoot water further out the harder it rains. However, Rainhandlers have been successfully installed on hundreds of homes with metal roofs. The simplest thing is to try one or two sections. If there problems we can give
you advice on the accessories needed to correct them. Then you can proceed with the full installation.
How Does Rainhandler Quality Compare to Conventional Gutter System?
Rainhandler’s rugged aluminum louvers will not rust or rot. Tests by an independent agency confirm that one 5′ Rainhandler section will hold a 95 lb. load. In addition, Rainhandler has been granted U.S. patents for its design. The patents were granted because the Rainhandler is considered superior to the prior art, gutters. Favorable reviews in respected national consumer and home repair publications have been responsible for Rainhandler’s installation on thousands of homes.
How Does Rainhandler Perform in Winter?
The Rainhandler system does much better in winter than conventional gutters. You may get some icicles hanging down from the Rainhandlers during freezing. Snow and ice cannot build up because of the open louver design. Gutters are one of the two main causes for ice dams. The other cause is lack of insulation and/or ventilation in the attic. If this condition exists, it must be taken care of as well. Each 5 foot section can hold up to 95 pounds of static load, and if you put 5 brackets on each Rainhandler the static load will increase to 150 pounds or more. Winter damage is so rare that we will replace any free of charge.
Does Rainhandler Come With A Warranty?
Yes. Rainhandler’s Limited Warranty follows:
For a period of 25 years from the date of purchase, Rainhandler units are guaranteed as to workmanship and against original defect in manufacture. Should a Rainhandler unit fail at any time during this guarantee period due to these causes, it will, at the manufacturer’s option, be replaced with an equivalent unit of current manufacture or your original purchase price will be refunded. Excluded are transportation costs, taxes, intentional damage, or damage resulting from improper installation or use, or damage as a result of the forces of nature. However, in the rare event of winter damage, sections which, in the sole judgment of the manufacturer, have been damaged by ice or snow will be replaced free of charge.
Is Rainhandler Easy To Install?
The illustration of the parts you need to install a conventional gutter system as opposed to the parts you’ll need to install Rainhandler gives you the answer: Rainhandler is a snap to install.
And in more ways than one, because after you’ve used a screwdriver to attach the three brackets (which come with each 5′ long section of Rainhandler) to the fascia board of your home, you merely snap the Rainhandler section into place. It couldn’t be more simple. And because each Rainhandler disperser section weighs about one pound, even a child could carry it.
Suppose The Edge Of My Roof Doesn’t Extend Far Enough Or Extends Too Far From The Fascia Board For The Rainhandler Brackets To Position The Disperser Sections So they Work?
Rainhandler can provide drip edge extenders to solve the first problem, and adapters to solve the second.