Wooden Gutters

Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages on wooden gutters?


I would like to find some information on wooden gutters for my home.
What are the advantages and disadvantages?

— Johnny, Summerfield, NC


Tom Silva replies:The pros of wooden gutters are mostly aesthetic: they look
nice; they're authentic; they're strong. The cons are more technical.
Wooden gutters carry less water than metal gutters because their surface
is rougher, giving greater resistance to the water's flow. In
addition, they require more maintenance. All gutters need cleaning,
but wood ones should be oiled or painted with a sealer at least every
other year, and preferably every year. You also have to maintain the seal
on the corners and gooseneck. It's kind of like choosing a wooden boat
over a fiberglass boat. As pretty as they are, they require a lot more


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