Asked on May 12, 2017

Why do new homes no longer have gutters ?

Judy FerrellWilliam

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  • William
    on May 12, 2017

    A common design for new houses is to concentrate rain water from several roof surfaces to a small area. Problem with home builders is poor water management at the exterior of homes, which is mostly about three different things done at the same time: concentrating a lot of water to one location, an anti-gutter policy, and no consideration for gutters in the future. But which greatly increases the potential for foundation and basement water problems.

    Installing gutters would certainly help in all of these situations, but it usually doesn’t happen. Home builders are typically opposed to installing gutters, which is unfortunate. They give poor excuses such as “gutters cause more problems than they fix”, but I suspect the real reason is always about cost savings. Sadly many homes are constructed without proper water drainage. I know state, cities and counties vary on their codes and enforcement. The pictures will show how builders are concentrating rain water so they feel the need for gutters is not necessary.


  • Judy Ferrell
    on May 12, 2017

    it basically comes down to money. it's cheaper not to have them
    • Caseyem11
      on May 12, 2017

      cheapervfor the builder but a big problem for the homeowner. Best would be to have gutters that drain into a "dry well" that could be used to water lawns and gardens.
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