I have found some areas on my fascia and soffits that are rotten and need to be repaired. The gutters will need to be removed for some of the repair and I am considering leaving the off the front of the house altogether. The original plans specced by the archy were for no gutter to be installed and the builder talked me out of that but I don't particularly like the look of them and they are a maintenance nightmare. I am beginning to think they create more problems than they solve.
I have included a couple of pictures to give an idea of what we are discussing. the grade slopes away from the house and most of the area that they will be removed from is a minumum of eight feet away from the foundation. I don't have any water issues in the basement right nowan the gutters currently drain near the house anyway. The dripline is mostly mature shrubbery that is kept trimmed away from the house. I'm not opposed to putting pea gravel/stone at the dripline if that is necessary. The sections I am talking about removing are along the entire front of the house and the section that wraps around the first bay of the garage.
Any comments on this plan of action?
I am also looking for recommendations for trim materials. I don't want to be replacing this stuff again in another eight years. I beleive I know what has caused the rot issues and can remedy that on installation of the new trim. Original trim was pine and was not primed before installation. I am considering azek or some other manmade material or I could go with pine again and prime it prior to installation but I really don't want this to be a recurring problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.