Box Gutter systems differ from modern, aluminum gutters in that they are part of the roof structure, rather than hanging at the edge of the roofline. Concealing box gutters add to the historical integrity of cornice details or architectural moldings of a building. Their wide width generally makes them less susceptible to clogging and overflowing like smaller gutter systems.
Box gutters really only offer one benefit over today’s gutters – because they are made of wood, they blend in with the home’s structure rather than standing out. In other words, they are completely concealed from view and therefore do not interrupt the historic aesthetic.
Box gutters also have some downsides that you should be aware of. They are often very expensive, and while this is due in part to the wood needed to build them, part of the cost can be attributed to the fact that they must be custom-made for every installation. It is also not uncommon to find rotting wood that must be replaced immediately in order to prevent further damage to the building when using box gutters.
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