Installing Gutters: Gutter Systems Help Manage a Home's Water Drainage Issues

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Tom Kraeutler
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We have a 1960 plantation style home with crown molding under the flashing (no gutters). My lot is 1.5 acres and has an elevation change of 25 feet from the street (high point) to the river (low point). We are installing a French drain system to carry water away from the house, but should we install gutters too? The roof line is very high, which will make it nearly impossible to clean the gutters on a regular basis. We don't want gutters that cause more problems than benefits.  Given the gutter maintenance challenges, what should we do?
 

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