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Topic: Gutters

Jun 28, 2017
Jul 11, 2017

From time to time, we get called to evaluate problems with homes, To answer your direct question, "No it's not as unusual as you must think." There are reasons as Christen and Paula have mentioned above, but I also meet home owners who would rather not have the hassle of cleaning backed up gutters, or having to replace them when damaged. There are several reasons for gutters, but in most cases gutters and downspouts simply direct water away from the foundation, and if your surface drainage is adequate they become more of an option.

Yes I think the builder should have been thoughtful enough to metion it to you. As a home owner you rely on professionals like us to guide you through those things and allow you to make knowledgable decisions. I would question them about it, but they are not necessarily wrong for having omitted them, unless they are mentioned in your contract.

Jun 28, 2017

Paula Hickey of Beazer Homes PRO answered:

Jul 1, 2017

Good evening, Denise.

I work for Beazer Homes, a national home builder, and would be happy to answer your question.  While I don't know your specific situation I can address what we do.  Depending upon the specification level of the community you build in gutters are not necessarily included in the base price of your home.  In some communities front gutters are included.  In others, there are downspouts provided.  In yet others full gutters are provided.  You would need to check the specifications that were included in your sales contract.

If you had built your home with a custom builder my thought is that it would be the same - you would need to check your contract.

I hope that helps.

Best regards,

Paula

Jun 28, 2017
Jun 30, 2017

Hello Denise!  Thanks for your question!  Has the siding been completed?  Generally with new construction, the gutters and downspouts are one of the last things to go on a home.  They cannot put the gutters and downspouts up until the home has its siding on it (runs over the top).  If the siding has been completed, then we'd definitely agree that its a bit strange they weren't installed! 

I hope this helps! Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance! 

Have a great weekend! 

Jan 18, 2017

Tara Taylor of Crown Builders PRO answered:

Feb 14, 2017

Yes, you need to contact a roofing company to check it out.  Possibly need a rain diviter installed.  Possibly need a gutter installation company to swap out current gutters for larger commercial size gutters.

John Ford asked:

Feb 17, 2014
Feb 14, 2017

Hello John,

I agree with Ryan's answer.  I would add that you can also pull the gutter spikes and replace them with gutter screws available at any of the big box stores.  They typically come with the driver bit required, I'd also recommend having an impact driver for the job.

Good luck!

Jun 13, 2015

Brenda, This can depend on the building materials and the darker the color of the materials. In my experience this seems to be more common with darker colors as they tend to absorb more heat than the lighter ones. I've witnessed this happen with metal roofs, gutters and siding.

Richard Anderson, LeafGuard Exteriors

Jan 18, 2017

Milton Sander answered:

Jan 18, 2017

I guess this would be called a remodel:  what is happening is the valley gutter is draining down the side of my house presently.  I would like a large "basin" type catch to divert the water away from the siding.

Paul Bishop asked:

Nov 30, 2015

Tim Brown Jr. of RGS Exteriors PRO answered:

Dec 18, 2015

Just seeing this. But I agree with other comments. Gutter Topper is the only cover to use. It is the best and has a lifetime waratny. www. guttertopper.com check it out. You can check our site out with some exapmples also tho we are out of Utah. www.utahgutter.com

I am a 4th generation gutter guy and we have looked at all the covers and tested many of them. Gutter Topper by far is the best. I actualy pesonaly know Marshal roofing as wel Troy is as honest as they come. I would call them.

Paul Bishop asked:

Nov 30, 2015
Dec 10, 2015

We have not used this product but are familiar with it. It is NOT a screen type. It's actually similar to Leaf Relief, which is a good product. A number of roofing contractors in our area (MD) use it and have had good sucess.

There isn't any perfect product out there. Thay all have there pros & cons. Do research based on your paticular area, type of weather and trees around house.

Paul Bishop asked:

Nov 30, 2015
Nov 30, 2015

I am unfamiliar with this product but from your picture it looks similar to many of the screen-type products that are available on the market. As a roofing contractor who has been installing "gutter protection" for over 30 years, we tend to not encourage 'screen-type' products as the maintenance is difficult and frequent. We have been installing GutterTopper for over 20 years in Wisconsin and our customers are very satisfied with it's performance. All products require maintenance, but GutterTopper's is the quickest and SAFEST by far.

I believe a dealer in your area is Marshall Roofing.
http://marshallroofing.com/gutter-protection/

or contact http://guttertopper.com/ directly.

I hope this helps. The screen you are considering is much like ones we often remove because of customer dissatisfaction. 

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