Building codes outline minimum standards for home construction. These codes vary by location, so it’s important to research protocol in your area. Here we will discuss common rules regarding gutter installation, but feel free to do additional research for your state, city, and county.
Gutters Are Not a Code Requirement in Most Areas
Generally speaking, gutters are not a building code requirement. There are regulations regarding gutter installation, but a house does not have to have gutters by law.
With this in mind, there are many benefits to gutters that should not be overlooked. This is not an area to skimp on if you’re trying to save money. When you sell your home, not having gutters could be a dealbreaker for select buyers. You may spend extra money in foundation repair and roof damage in the future. What you think you’re saving now is going to haunt you later on.
Gutters May Be an HOA Requirement
If you are part of a homeowners’ association, gutters may be required in your HOA CC&Rs. Some HOAs are stricter than others with regard to siding colors, fencing materials, roofing, guttering, etc. We always tell our clients to check with their HOAs before choosing gutter materials. If most of the homes in your area have gutters, chances are you’ll need them too.
Gutters Are Necessary for Drainage and Water Control
Regardless of code requirements, gutters are essential for water control. When it rains, the water hits your roof and flows over the edge. Gutters collect the water, run it through the downspouts and direct it away from the foundation. Without gutters, the water flows to the edge of the house and creates intense pressure around the foundation/basement. The benefits greatly outweigh the costs.
Do All Houses Need Gutters?
Nearly every home benefits from having gutters. Some houses may not need gutters because of the slope of the roof, but that’s a rarity. When rain hits your roof, it needs somewhere to go. Gutters control that path to prevent foundation damage. Learn more: Is It OK to Not Have Gutters?
If you’re building a new home, we highly recommend including gutters in the build plan. They may not be required by code, but they are essential for long-term protection. If you’re selling a home with old or missing gutters, replacing them could boost your sales potential. Sargent Gutters & Siding can create a custom plan that fits your goals and budget.