If you haven’t noticed already — and many of you have — the gutters on my 1962 Retro Ranch house are not the style typically found on most homes. From what I can tell, my gutters are called integrated gutters, integral gutters or box gutters — a style which was supposedly popular in the 1960s.
The last of the leaves have fallen in my yard, and there’s a terribly chilly weather front heading my way, so I decided to go up on the roof over the past weekend and get the gutters cleaned out. They needed it pretty badly, too! I try to get up on the roof at least once in the spring and once in the fall to make sure the gutters are clear. It never ceases to freak out my neighbors when they see me walking on the roof. Tee hee. (Don’t worry Mom, Jim was on the ground keeping an eye on me with phone in hand just in case of emergency!)
As you can see, my integrated gutters are made of some sort of galvanized (I think) metal, made into a large box, hooked directly to the side of the roofline, and reinforced with metal straps that are spaced at about every 18 inches or so. From what I’ve read about my style of gutters, because the shingles overlap the gutter edges, if I wanted to replace them they would have to be done at the same time as the roof. Since our roof is fairly new (I’m guessing about 6-7 years old) and I really love the look of these integrated gutters, I have no plans to switch them out for new, vinyl traditional style gutters. These gutters are quite large and carry a lot of water off our roof quickly during rainstorms, which is probably also why our downspouts are also larger than average at 3″ x 4″.
Of course, there is a downside to these gutters that will have to be dealt with sooner or later. They are starting to rust. Yes, at 52 years old, these gutters are still structurally sound, but in the next year or two, I’ll have to do something about the rust that is creeping in. In all likelihood, that means I’ll have to clean them thoroughly and then paint the entire insides of all of the gutters all the way around the house, which is going to be a job. I still need to do more research into this matter — including what sort of paint or coating to apply.
For the past four years, I’ve been spending most of my summer working on regaining control over the yard, but with the gutter rust situation, a new fence to stain/seal and my screen porch posts and screens in need of a fresh coat of paint, I can see the summer of 2015 being one that is spent with a brush in hand.
Wanna see more of my gutters? Check out this post from the last time I took my camera up on the roof.