Box gutters are one of the most complex aspects of your home.
Only trust a box gutter expert with maintenance and repair.
Box gutters are rarely found on homes that are being built today, but a century ago, they were standard for a well-constructed home. Because historic homes are more common in Cincinnati and parts of Kentucky than other parts of the country, we see more box gutters than average.
Even though most builders choose K-Style gutters over box gutters, they are not bad. If your home has box gutters, it is helpful to understand what they are and why they are important. If you are considering purchasing a building with box gutters, there are some important pros and cons to consider.
What are box gutters?
Unlike today’s K-Style gutters, box gutters are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. From the outside, box gutters are perfectly level, whereas K-Style gutters slope slightly from one end of the home to the other. This slope is, of course, necessary in order to direct water towards the downspout. Box gutters overcome this by creating an interior channel that is sloped, while the exterior is level. Additionally, while K-Style gutters are strictly functional, box gutters can enhance the look of a building, much like molding or decorative trim.
As ingenious as box gutters sound, you might wonder why they fell out of fashion. It turns out that constructing an entire encasement for rain gutters can be expensive. K-Style gutters require less materials and labor, making them more affordable and easier to maintain. If your home has box gutters, consider it to be a beautiful accent instead of a burden. With proper maintenance, you can easily preserve your gutters and the distinction they add to your home.
What's wrong with my box gutters?
Dealing with box gutter issues can be overwhelming. You're probably wondering how much it is going to cost and who you can trust to fix the problem. We can not emphasize enough the importance of hiring someone who is experienced with box gutters. Box gutter repair and restoration involves demolition, framing, trim carpentry, metal work, and soldering, just to start. A decade of experience hanging other gutters is not enough if they have not specifically worked with box gutters.
Because of our extensive experience with box gutters, we are able to provide the best solution for you and your home. Someone less familiar with your situation may not be able to identify the source of the problem, or they may have fewer options for resolution. We've assisted customers as they've tried to decide between a simple patch, a complete restoration, and everything in between. Our goal is to provide you with options and help you to make the best, informed decision for your home.
Five solutions to your box gutter problems
No matter what the issues with your box gutters may be, we have five solutions for you to choose from:
Patching the problem area in your box gutter
If your gutters are in relatively good condition with a few small holes or separated seams
Coating your box gutter metal
If the metal in your gutters is rusted or flaking but the box gutter structure is still intact
Re-lining your box gutters with new metal
If the existing metal in your gutters is too compromised to coat, but the overall box gutter is solid
Converting your box gutters
If the frame of your box gutters is compromised and your home is not in a historic district
Rebuilding your box gutters
If the frame around your box gutters is compromised and your home is in a historic district, or you want to preserve the aesthetics or the original design