I have a standard rectangle layout roof.
There are gutters in the front and the back of the house.
There are down spouts on one end of the house only. (front and back)
Is this typical? Or should there be down spouts on all 4 corners.
Depends how big the house is, and the slope of the gutters, and how much
rain usually falls. But yeah, on a 'typical' 24x60 cookie cutter ranch,
a downspout at each corner would be expected. Take a hose up on the
roof, and run water into both gutters. Do they slope all the way from
one end to the other? If so, you will need to rehang and reslope the
high half before you add new downspouts, unless you just want them for
bad storms as overflow, like when the whole gutter fills.
Sounds like your builder was shaving pennies to make a price point.
Unless you have noticed the gutters overflowing a lot, or have noticed
roof leaks or yard puddles, I wouldn't lose sleep over it.
There should be sufficient downspouts to handle the runoff. If your gutters
are not over-flowing, you have enough.
There's a trade-off between capacity, cost, drainage, and esthetics. In your
case, perhaps the builder decided the house looked better with the
downspouts out of sight? Or maybe putting them on all four corners would
generate a drainage problem?
Depends even more on the length between downspouts (roof area serviced).
Whether or not the ground is level below won't matter at the corner if
there isn't sufficient outlet capacity the gutters will simply overflow
in heavy rain.
If there were a down spout at each end of the gutters on the front of
That would mean the high point of the gutters would be in the middle
sloping downwards to both ends of the house. The front gutter would make
a noticeable upside-down "V". Very ugly and would draw attention to the
gutter and downspout.
Right now, the gutter makes a sloop to just one side, and is unnoticeable
On Tue, 10 Mar 2009 21:22:40 -0700 (PDT), theedudenator
I think it depends how you slope the gutters, terrain, appearance,
downspout size, annual rainfall, etc. Local library has building code
references for your perusal. Lucky folks have no gutters and none
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