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Are Gutters Required on All Homes?

In some residential areas, you’ll see gutters on almost every home. This is because they are a vital piece of equipment for the exterior of your home. Gutters sweep the rainwater away from walls and stop it from damaging your siding and foundation. They can also stop water from seeping down into your basement, and sometimes protect windows and doors from leaks.

However, on occasion, circumstances align in just the right way and suddenly, you don’t actually need gutters on your home.

  1. Overhang

You might think that your home is protected because you have overhang. The overhang may allow the water to roll off, drip to the ground and miss your walls entirely.

Unfortunately, most overhang isn’t enough to save your walls, windows and doors from a wash of rain, especially when it’s windy.

Water on siding is no good and can damage it quickly, and water on brickwork can erode it over time. Then we have the windows and doors, which when coated with water have an increased chance of leaking.

That said, sometimes when the overhang is large enough, it can be a substitute for gutters.

Water often trickles onto the underside of the roof, then drips down. It’s why gutters are installed several inches below your roof. In the case of a substantial overhang, the dripping will happen even further away from your home, which can free you up from having gutters installed and adding them to your list of home maintenance tasks.

  1. You’re On a Slope

If the ground around your house slopes toward your home, you need gutters, and probably more than everyone else needs them. But when the land all slopes away from it, gutters might not be on the list of necessities for your home’s exterior.

Of course, just because the ground slopes away it doesn’t mean you don’t need gutters. Your siding is still open to rotting if rain drops from your roof and down your home’s siding. But if several other factors are at play, it points toward gutters being unnecessary — for example, overhang.

Sloped ground around your home will let rainwater from your roof run away from your foundations. If you pair that with an overhang, all the better.

  1. You’re Surrounded By Concrete

Concrete is absolutely wonderful. It won’t catch fire, and dampness won’t penetrate it. It also protects you from needing to get gutters installed.

If your house is surrounded by a concrete sidewalk, driveway or patio, then you likely don’t need gutters. Some houses even have a concrete foundation, which further eliminates the need. There’s no way for the water to damage the concrete, so you’re safe.

Other houses may even be made of solid concrete. Homes built like this don’t face the risk of erosion or rotting, so they can go without gutters easily.

If you pair a concrete house or concrete surroundings with a downward slope away from your house, your home has further protection and even less of a need for gutters. You may just need them on one section of roof if it hangs directly above a window, but it’s not an all-around-the-house job.

  1. You Live In a Dry Climate

An arid climate — somewhere with very little rainfall — won’t benefit much from gutters. It would be like putting a bandage where there’s no wound. In this type of climate, you may get some rainfall, but it probably won’t be enough to warrant installing gutters unless you want them.

Just be aware, if you live somewhere that’s dry most of the year but then has torrential storms, you don’t fall under this exemption. The gutters may only get use during certain periods, but gutters will be vital to protect your home unless it’s concrete, on a slope and features a substantial overhang. Even then, you might want gutters just to protect your windows and doors.

And while areas of mountainous states like Colorado can feature a dry climate, the presence of snowfall also calls for gutters because snow eventually melts. When purchasing gutters, look for a company that provides a permanent and long-lasting solution. For more information, check out Summit Roofing and Gutter installation in Denver.

  1. You Have a Shallow Roof

If your roof is shallow, water will hit it and then run off slowly. When it reaches the edge, the drips will be equally slow, because the water isn’t coming off in big, thick sheets.

Of course, a shallow roof on its own probably won’t be protection enough. Sloped surroundings paired with a shallow roof is more ideal than either on their own.

A shallow roof with overhang would also be ideal for having no gutters. The water must travel even further, ever so slowly, to run off the roof in drips. And the further the water has to travel over a wide area, the more spread out a small drop of water is going to get. By the time the water runs to the ground, it’s a mere repeated trickle.


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