Despite their name, yankee gutters have nothing to do with the most heralded baseball team in the world. Nor do they have anything to do with the mason-dixon line. Dating back to the early eighteenth century many Victorian style homes used a built-in drainage system instead of the contemporary exposed counterparts. Hidden from most passersby Yankee Gutters were installed to be incorporated into the cornice structure along the roof line of your home.
While quite efficient Yankee gutters, also referred to as built-in gutters, integral gutters and dutch gutters, often require some repairs just like seamless gutters. Because of the fact that they were typically crafted from wood and then lined with metal sheeting the wood will often rot over time and cause series issues to your historical home if not maintained properly. In certain cases improper installation can cause the gutters to separate from the house.
The gutter experts at Global Home Improvement specialize in the repair and replacement with options for virtually any budget. In some cases your existing gutters can be repaired and fabricated to match the existing drainage system.
- Copper Lining – Ideal for copper, cedar or slate roofs copper lined yankee gutters can add a sophisticated look that is unparalleled by its alternatives. Some homeowners prefer the patina look that comes with exposure to the elements.
- Stainless Steel – Ideal for standing seam metal roofs, stainless steel gutters are designed to match the roof color. Manufacture red with more than 20% more metal than most other installation companies, these gutters come with a lifetime warranty.
- EPDM Lining – Ideal for flat and low-sloping roofs EPDM has a life expectancy of 50 years if installed correctly and a 20 year warranty. With superior flexibility and strength, EPDM can fit the shape of just about any roof.
- Rubber Roof Lining – If the wood portions of your gutter are sound the cheapest and easiest way to handle yankee gutters is by repairing them. Rubber roof lining, which comes with a 10 yaer warrany can be used to create a waterproof seal on not only wood but metal too.
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