When you think about designing or building a house, it’s usually a given that it will have gutters. And in most cases, it is true that rain gutters are a necessity for your home. But is it always the case? Let’s look at the main reasons why gutters are usually needed on homes and some potential exceptions to this rule.
The purpose of gutters on residential homes
Rain gutters have a few very important functions for your home. Roofing is almost always sloped, at least slightly, to prevent water from pooling on the roof and adding weight to the structure. So, water runs off the slope of the roof as it rains. If it wasn’t for rain gutters, all of this rainwater would flow freely off the edge of the roof and collect on the ground around your home, not to mention pouring all over anyone walking nearby.
Allowing water to pool on the ground like this can cause damage to your home’s foundations, so rain gutters are designed to direct most of the water away safely and effectively. They also help to prevent more serious flooding around your home and yard.
Situations where gutters might not be needed
Since gutters are designed to manage rainwater, they may not be as important if you live in an area that receives very little rainfall. This doesn’t mean that you absolutely shouldn’t have gutters if you live in a hot, arid climate, they’re just less of a necessity.
Then there are some exceptions in terms of the structure or design of your home and its surroundings. For example, if your house is surrounded by concrete on all sides, then leaks and flooding caused by damage to the foundations is not much of a risk. This is because water can not soak through the ground as concrete is non-porous.
The pitch of your roof and the amount of overhang there is will have an impact on how water flows from your roof. A steep roof with an overhang of 12 inches or more will direct the water further away from your home due to the sharp angle, so water will not pour down directly next to your home and will pool further away from your home. Again, this isn’t a hard and fast rule that you shouldn’t have gutters, they just may be less necessary.
The same goes for homes that are built on a higher level than the surrounding landscape, as water is likely to run off and away from your home’s foundations, rather than pooling around your home.
If you need new or replacement gutters for your home around Greensboro, Winston Salem, Clemmons, Kernersville, and Lewisville, NC, then contact Artisan Roofing Company for our professional gutter installation, repair, and maintenance services.