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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.
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.
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!
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