Box gutters are commonly found on older buildings, as they were popular before the common metal gutters that we know today were introduced. The following are some pros and cons to consider when deciding to repair or replace the gutters.
Box Gutter Advantages
Properly maintained box gutters can last for many years, since they are very durable and easy to repair. The sheet metal used to line the box gutters is easily shaped to fit inside and can prolong the life of the gutters.
Box gutters allow for a clean look to your home. They blend seamlessly with your home and do not hang on the edge of your roof or side of your house. They are designed to be built into the bottom roof or in the eaves of your home.
Box Gutter Disadvantages
The makeup of typical box gutters is a base that is made of wood and lined with types of sheet metals, such as stainless steel, tin, lead or copper. Over time and due to exposure to weather, the wood can warp or rot and require replacing.
Some box gutters may be made with tin coated steel. This material must be painted immediately after installation. Due to weathering, you will need to repaint the gutters every 8 to 10 years.