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Old 01-30-2015, 07:58 PM
 
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I live in Westchase, and find there is a fair bit of "flooding" at the sides of my home during storms. In Atlanta, every house had gutters. It seems here that no house has gutters, or, like my house, they're only around the front entry. This seems odd to me, and I'm not sure if it's due to builders cheaping out, or if there is some other "Floridian reason" for this.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:05 PM
 
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They have been optional at extra cost everywhere that I have lived.
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Old 01-31-2015, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Our home was built in 1946 and has gutters and downspouts.
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:14 AM
 
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Since the soil is largely sand and very porous, having gutters isn't really necessary like it is in areas where the soil is more dirt or clay than sand.

Due to this, rain just runs off the roof, onto the ground, and into the soil (sand) rather than collect in puddles or erode the ground around the home

RM
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Since the soil is largely sand and very porous, having gutters isn't really necessary like it is in areas where the soil is more dirt or clay than sand.

Due to this, rain just runs off the roof, onto the ground, and into the soil (sand) rather than collect in puddles or erode the ground around the home

RM
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Old 01-31-2015, 07:04 AM
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I think its a good idea to get as much run-off as you can away from your house, especially homes built on slabs like they are in westchase. Gutters will help do that if the down-spouts are installed properly.
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Old 01-31-2015, 07:40 AM
 
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My husband is an architect, and he says they are not necessary here. We have usually removed them from our homes.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:44 AM
 
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Ok here is truth. In the construction a barrier is installed over the compacted soil. This should keep out moisture, termites, etc. In reality over time cracks appear in this barrier and there are holes in the barrier as well for plumbing etc. Florida is really bad about using thin concrete poured pads upon which the builders then construct homes. Water will follow a pressure gradient. Also water is pulled via capillary action through concrete esp if there is pressure. If there is water on the ground outside of your home the water will be pulled/pushed through the concrete and will appear on the floor of the inside of your home. Up north some will see this action in their basements. The same action occurs in Florida if the lot is not properly landscaped so that the slab is significantly higher than the yard. You will see that most homes in Florida the slab is actually below or the same level as the yard. Add the buildup landscape, etc over time and the trend worsens. So we have mold issues in the homes. So yes you need gutters, Yes you need some active effective method to remove the water from the end of the downspouts to well away from the house. Yes you need some method to drain the overall lot so that the dirt around the house is more dry than wet.
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:42 AM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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You will often times find rot behind gutters here. We only have them where the entrances are and of course the super gutter around the lanai.

We a have sizable roof overhang all around the house. Thank you hip roof.

Our house is also higher than the road by about 3 feet, so there is a nice decline from the house to the road.
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Old 01-31-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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Gutters are a pain to keep clean from leaves and junk. Most people never think to check them twice a year.
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