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Do All Buildings Need A Gutter System?

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 by Lori Smith
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Building a home is a humongous undertaking. There are so many details to contemplate and decisions to make that it can make your head spin.

One component that might be lost in the confusion is whether you need a gutter system for your property. It’s not a glamorous part of your home, but it has an essential function that can mean major problems if it isn’t included in the planning.

gutters on a new home

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If water collects at the base of your home and seeps down into the foundation, it can lead to some big concerns for your real estate. A gutter system is there to help divert the water away from the foundation, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in home repairs.

Some of the complications with water permeating the base of your home are expansion and contraction of the soil, leading to problems like cracks in your sheet rock, doors and windows that don’t close right, and uneven floors.

This post explains more about this issue:

Foundation Issues from the Outside – What Causes Them

Backfilled soil around the foundation is looser than the natural soil, meaning it’s more porous than the surrounding area and collects much more water.

Additional water will collect around your foundation if it’s located near bedrock. Bedrock naturally drains water to springs and other water sources but can be blocked by the presence of your home, causing it to collect around your foundation.

As the backfilled soil settles around your home, it can create a dip in the area where water will pool and collect. If the soil is not regraded so the water runs downhill away from your house, the pooling water will drain into the soil around your home

Read the original post here:  Foundation Issues from the Outside – What Causes Them

If you live in an area that gets quite a bit of precipitation, rain gutters can prevent some of these headaches. With a properly installed gutter system, the water is channeled off the roof, into the downspout, and away from your property.

On the other hand, if your gutters don’t have the correct slope toward the downspout, which is 1/2 inch for every 10 feet, then you are asking for problems. They also require some maintenance to keep them functioning properly.

This video shows a gutter system that isn’t installed or maintained correctly:

The amount of water pooling at the foundation of the house in the above video is a nightmare waiting to happen. That area of the home could have problems with soil deterioration and settling, causing the foundation to shift.

Do all buildings need a gutter system? You can probably get away without one if you live in a location that has a very dry, arid climate. In the Denver Metro area, even though the average rainfall is only 8 to 15 inches, you are still going to want some sort of drainage to direct water away from your home or business.

What does it cost to have gutters installed? If you are willing to do it yourself, the materials aren’t overly expensive. Most people, however, don’t have the time or knowledge for installing a rain gutter correctly.

The following post gives a general idea of the expense:

Cost to install gutters – Estimates and Prices at Fixr

Rain gutter

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The average cost to install galvanized or aluminum gutters is approximately $4 to $9 per linear foot. There are also vinyl gutters which are much easier to install, and which run at roughly $3 to $5 per linear foot. Therefore, installing from 125 to 200 feet of gutters will cost $1050-$2400.

These prices, however, tend to apply strictly to the DIY homeowners. When a professional gutter company is hired for the work the prices will climb a bit with averages ranging from $1050 and $2400, and with separate prices assigned to downspout installations.

See the full post here:  Cost to install gutters – Estimates and Prices at Fixr

You are always wise to consult with a Front Range builder to get their opinion. Another consideration is whether there are specific codes in a your location for what is allowed and what isn’t.