You might have heard about box gutters, but what are they? And how do they work?
What Is a Box Gutter?
A box gutter is a kind of gutter that is installed between two parallel roof sections. The box gutter between two roofs gathers draining water and works as a valley between the two surfaces. Box gutters, on the other hand, must not be mistaken with valley gutters. The box gutter collects rainwater from both roofs (or parts of the roof). The water is drained from the box gutter using downpipe nozzles or sumps with built-in downpipes.
A box gutter’s goal is to direct rainfall from the roof to the building’s exterior via a downpipe or the box gutter overflow system. On the roofs of business buildings, box guttering systems are common. They are, nonetheless, found in certain private residences.
The Benefits of Box Gutters
Box gutters have only one real advantage over modern roofing gutters: since they are constructed of wood, they blend in rather than stick out against the home’s architecture. This is ideal in some cases where no regular gutter, not even copper, would do credit to a historic structure. In other words, they are entirely hidden and, hence, do not detract from the historic beauty.
Furthermore, box gutters feature a larger gutter aperture, which makes cleaning easier and provides more capacity. Furthermore, box gutters have a wide bottom that allows you to install larger downspouts with more capacity and flow.
The Drawbacks of Box Gutters
Box gutters, on the other hand, have several disadvantages. They are frequently highly expensive, and, while this is partly owing to the wood required for construction, it is also due to the fact that they must be custom made for each installation.
To assist minimize standing water, which is especially common in these applications, they also require more attentive maintenance than today’s metal gutters.
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