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Old 08-12-2018, 06:27 PM
 
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I was asking some neighbors recently for recommendations for a gutter installer, and one neighbor contacted me to warn me that gutters can do more harm than good to a home here in Houston, referencing damage to the foundation specifically. Am I missing something about Houston soil that makes gutters a bad idea?!
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Old 08-12-2018, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Fulshear, TX
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Foundations need to be 'watered' in Houston. Our clay soil can expand and contract greatly between wet times and dry times. This wrecks havoc on foundations and can cause subsidence, which can result in a costly repair. That said, if you have a properly installed irrigation system (in which heads close to the house water towards the house/foundation), and you have your irrigation system set on a regular schedule, then this will keep the soil uniformly moist...

Gutters are great. I'd put them
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:30 PM
 
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We don’t have sprinklers and are about to put a pool in so won’t have need for them. So I’m wondering if it may be better to just not do the gutters.
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Default No Gutters? Your wood will rot

If you do not have gutters the lower areas of wood siding near to the ground will rot. This includes door jambs and even window trim.
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Old 08-13-2018, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Houston/The Hague
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If you don't need gutters (ie if your house sits high enough above the ground and your lot has good drainage away from the house), I wouldn't get them. They're a pain in the hind end to clean, especially if you have a two-story house with lots of mature trees around them. If you don't keep them clean, water can overflow between the gutter and fascia and do lots of damage to your house.

As far as worsening rot near the bottom of your house...it depends. I'll say that our 28-year-old gutter-free house has a couple of spots that are rotting and will need to be replaced soon. Not that bad really for 28 years. If you have brick and hardiboard siding, would probably be a non-issue.
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Old 08-13-2018, 07:04 AM
 
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They'd need to be more specific. Gutters could be an issue if the water has no where to go. IE, your spout comes down, but that area is a low point and water just pools there. But that would be an issue with or without the gutters (maybe accelerated a bit due to more water being pushed in one area). You don't want a ton of water around your foundation (as far as I've read). Gutters collect the water and should push it away from the house. Sprinklers are decent, but you don't want them spraying directly at your foundation.

So long as the water has a place to go, I would recommend gutters. I don't think a lot of people would really argue that point.
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:33 AM
 
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Keeping them clean is an issue. I would use them more for protecting entryways/garages/decks. Gutter guards are a good addition, but may not contain heavy rains where steep valleys. They do allow you to use rain barrels....
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Old 08-13-2018, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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Pay extra for the gutters with the protective top that keeps leaves and debris out or you will spend a lot of time dealing with them. From my experience the ones with foam inserts or mesh covers aren't worth the trouble you want the one with the top and lip, sorry I don't know the specific name for that.
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Old 08-13-2018, 04:43 PM
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If you do not have gutters the lower areas of wood siding near to the ground will rot. This includes door jambs and even window trim.
And if you do have gutters, the wood siding under the gutters will rot.

There is no right or wrong answer. But if you don't have gutters, make sure you have long shingles so that the water runs a little away and doesn't pour on the window trim.
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Old 08-13-2018, 08:05 PM
 
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We have all brick/stone, and there aren’t any trees tall enough in our neighborhood to shed leaves into gutters on our two story home. We also don’t have any drainage issues on our lot.
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