Last week I found a great question on Quora. A person asked does every house need gutters. I replied to the question with no, because most houses need gutters; but certainly not all. In certain situations, a gutter may even cause problems. I will explain in this short article the three needed qualities that enable a home to safely be gutter free.
Qualification 1: No cellar
One thing that gutters are good at is preventing water from flooding in the basement. On my home, if I didn't have gutters, my basement would be constantly flooded. What if I didn't have a basement? What if my house was built onto a slab-on-grade? There are many homes like this, especially in Framingham. Yes, if your home is built on a slab you wouldn't have to worry about a basement getting flooded, but not so fast! Gutters also prevent damage to the house's siding, window sills and brick work.
Qualification 2: A wide overhang
If your home has a very wide roof overhang, and the water empties out away from your home is there any reason to have a gutter?
Look in the photo above and see how far the roof overhangs. With a roof like this, one could argue that installing gutters would create problems where there would otherwise be none. Why have a gutter that would only pipe the water back toward the house? It really doesn't make sense.
Qualification 3: Proper land slope
There is a potential for water damage if your land slopes back towards your house. This type of slope will flow water towards your home, leaving you with the possibility of having a flooded basement during heavy storms. However, if the land slopes away, this will naturally and safely drain water away from your home. With this situation, there is no need to have a gutter system to drain water away to keep your home dry.
Having only one of these listed qualifications will not free you from the necessity of having gutters. However,if your home has all three of these qualifications, your house could be better off without them.