I just built a covered porch. It extends 8+ feet from the house. The porch roof extends the house roof and one gutter from the house now extends across the porch roof -- ending well away from the foundations. I once saw a diagram of a gutter that ended at the roof-level with no downspout. It had some kind of end cap that broke up the water from a gushing stream that would gouge a trough in the lawn to a spray that disperses harmlessly. Can anyone give me more information on what this kind of end cap/dispersal system is called and where I can find them?

Way back they used to use gargoyles for this. I am looking for a less "decorative," more functional version.


  • This place calls them gutter spouts, which doesn't help much when it comes to googling. rutlandguttersupply.com/product/… – Matthew Gauthier Jun 3 '18 at 14:39
  • As pictured that really won’t prevent erosion either, just slow it down and fan it out a bit. Also consider that a stream vs drip are two different things. – Tyson Jun 3 '18 at 15:16
  • That picture depicts a rather robust stream of water. Only in the most intense rains are you likely to get a stream like that. In a case of a more normal rail the water is more than likely to just drop straight down. – Michael Karas Jun 3 '18 at 17:18

Be careful “using water” in a creative way. When water is exposed and distributed around your yard, it can erode, flood, create algae, etc. It becomes high maintenance.

Remember the Princess Diana memorial in London. They had to permanent close a portion of it, because they couldn’t control the algae.


These come to mind as alternatives to downspouts: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=rain+chain&iax=images&ia=images

  • I live where it rains about 50-60 inches a year. I’m remodeling a building that has rain chains and all the building users hate them. The chains allow the water to blow off the chains and soak everyone and everything around them. We’re replacing them with downspouts. – Lee Sam Jun 3 '18 at 5:50
  • April and @LeeSam, thanks for your response. I am familiar with rain chains. I am looking for a different solution. I added a picture to provide more of an idea of what I am looking for. – BJ Safdie Jun 3 '18 at 13:20

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