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Why Manufactured Home Gutters Aren’t Standard

Clayton manufactured homes do not include gutter systems or downspouts mainly due to transportation limits. When we transport new manufactured homes to your local home center or your home site, we must comply with transportation width and height limits.


When manufactured home roof overhangs were constructed with 6” or 8” overhangs in years past, some of our Clayton home builders installed gutter systems on homes during the home building process.


However, Clayton Built® homes now come with wider roof overhangs, which are generally 12” wide. Since we want to maximize your home size and space with the largest overhang and home width possible, the mobile homes we build don’t have gutters so they still comply with transportation regulations.


How to Get Gutters for Your Manufactured Home

Manufactured Home Gutter Downspout


We recommend consulting with a gutter contractor to find the right gutter system for your home and to make sure that the system is properly installed. You can contract or work with your home center to have a contractor  have this completed during your home’s final on-site construction process.


We also recommend considering hiring a contractor to install drain tiles during the final on site completion of your home. Drain tiles can help move water away from the foundation of your home.


How to Decide on the Right Gutter System for Your Mobile Home

Are you wondering what kind of gutters you should choose? A key factor to help you determine the best gutters for your home is your regional rainfall.


A general rule of thumb is the more water you get during the year, the larger the downspouts and gutters you should get for your home. Generally, we recommend a 4” gutter for smaller homes and a 6” gutter for larger homes, but it’s always best to discuss the best fit for your home with a gutter contractor.


Mobile home Gutters and Downspout Extension 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends installing drain spout extensions to help control both moisture around your home and potential pest problems that can result from moisture around your home.1 These extensions help redirect water flow and can further ensure that water drains away from the foundation of your home.


You’ll also need to consider what local building codes require for homes. You and your contractor should make sure that your gutter system conforms to any applicable rules.


Importance of Gutters and Downspouts for Your Home

Gutters are important because they protect your home from the damage that rain can cause.


Rain gutters can help prevent the following home issues:

  • Potential foundation problems
  • Flooding underneath the home or in the basement
  • Storm water flooding when proper drainage into gravel area is implemented1
  • Excessive moisture and water in the crawl space
  • Land erosion around your home
  • Water damage to exterior siding
  • Water staining of walkways


Additionally, local governments may require manufactured homes to have certain exterior design specifications such as a minimum roof pitch or a gutter system. You may need gutters and a downspout to comply with your local building and zoning codes.


Manufactured Home Downspout


While mobile home gutter systems and downspouts are not be included with your home when it is transported to your home site, home builders have tried to maximize home size by allowing you to choose the perfect gutter system for your new home after it is delivered to your home site.


You’ll be able to work with the team completing your on-site construction to ensure that every part of your home is ready for your family to enjoy for a lifetime.


As you search for your perfect new manufactured home and learn how your home will be completed, you probably have questions about your home even after it is complete. Learn more about your manufactured home and maximize life in your manufactured home.


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  1. Ryan, Don, and Liza Bowles. Safety and Health in Manufactured Structures. PDF. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , 2011.

Topics Manufactured Housing