Wood gutters are cool, but they definitely require maintenance and are, from my perspective, a bit impractical. Pictured here are substantially deteriorated wood gutters requiring replacement. Many homeowners with wooden gutter systems will flash the interiors of the gutters (sometimes even with copper!) to help prevent water damage and extend serviceable life. But the reality is that wood gutters are generally not painted/sealed (e.g., to maintain that cool wood look) so they will deteriorate over time from moisture which leads to WDO (wood destroying organism) damage. Most gutter systems today are constructed with aluminum, metal, copper or plastic. Gutters aren’t just to keep rain off your head as you enter your house! They’re important to divert rain/storm water away from the building envelope. This was discovered at a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.