There are legitimate reasons why many built-in gutters are seen as a problem, but almost all of these are a product of timing, lack of maintenance, and often a poor choice of materials used in their repair.
One of the reasons why people come to despair at their built-in gutter system is that they have inherited them at the end of their life span of about 100 years, if they were originally lined with copper. At this point, they are likely to start leaking, necessitating a substantial roof and gutter restoration. At between $50 and $100 per foot for replacement, it is easy to see why they can be the source of consternation. Had the owner purchased the house at the middle of the gutter’s life span, they would have enjoyed years of trouble-free (and expense-free) service. The problem therefore isn’t the gutters themselves.
But just as likely to find themselves the owner of a 100 year old gutter that finally needs replacement, East Side homeowners often are the proud owner of a recently, and poorly, replaced built-in gutter. With the high cost of doing this work properly, many people look for cheaper solutions. Much of the “bad name” that built-in gutters have is in fact the prevalence of these poorly done repairs. I too would curse my built in gutters if I learned that the $5000 repair I had done 15 years ago now needed to be redone, or if the false promise of a 10 year old roof on my new house was now revealing the truths hidden in its rubber-lined gutter.
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