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Question DetailsAsked on 2/7/2012

Searching for company to repair/replace built in gutters for our 1906 Victorian. Most bidders say they cannot do it. Any suggestions?

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There are two solutions. Your gutters are called yankee gutters and they are built into the roof and not the edge as conventional gutters are. If there is significant dry rotting ie deteriation of the overhang the cost can be considerable.. Usually lthey are lead or gavinized material and have rusted or the joints are leaking. They can be torn out and new gutters fabricated with the punked wood replaced. You need an old gutter man for this job. Or you can tear off the roof deck and eliminate the built in gutters and shingle over entire overhang area, Next you hang "k" modern gutters. Your choice. Ps,,You can install a gutter filter , like MasterShield or LeafFilter and never have to clean them again,, I have done it,


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper


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Answered 8 years ago by Cas


As JCCasper said, an old- gutter man can do this.

Also, if you find a larger commercial roofer shop who custom fabricates flashing and vents and hoods and such, they can custom bend metal to fit your shape and provide either custom downspouts to match your original, or provide transition pieces to adapt to commercially available downspouts. They should be able to make them out of galvanized steel, aluminum, copper, or stainless steel. They can also installthem, as well as fix any rot you find behind the current ones.

If you are going to go to the trouble of going with original I would go with heavy-gage copper or stainless steel, so hopefully they will last the life of the house. However, this will roughly triple or quadruple the cost of the gutters themselves, not including labor, which is about the same regardless of material used - so maybe double total job cost as compared to normal seamless gutters, or a bit more.

If you are not committed to matching the original appearance, bracket-mounted gutters are really much better for the house (especially if combined with pre-painted fascia covers), as built-ins tend to cause fascia board rot in heavy splashing conditions and also if they are not kept very clean so they do not back up and overflow onto the fascia, rotting them, soffit covers, and the rafter tails. For bracket mounted gutters you should ensure they tilt slightly forward, so there is little or no chance of overflowing over the back down the fascia board if they get blocked.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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