Hi folks, I’d appreciate your advice on an item my 3rd party inspector noticed on a home I’m having built in Spring, TX (near Houston). There are no gutters installed on my house. From my cursory knowledge of building code, gutters are never explicitly required, although R 801.3 requires some controlled method of drainage 5 ft from the “foundation walls or to an approved drainage system.”
As it is, last weekend we visited the house and noticed that rainwater is already making a little trench about 8 inches from the back of our house and pouring down right in front of our porch. It certainly would be nice to have!
The builder simply states, “We don’t put gutters in.” Do I have any argument to require the builder to include them?
Picture of the house front below.