Gutters: A Brief Look At Their Winding History

Gutters: A Brief Look At Their Winding History

September 11, 2017

Gutters play an essential role in the functionality of your roofing system. Without gutters, precipitation will accumulate on your roof and drench your siding, causing significant damage to your home. While gutters are a staple of modern homes, they’ve actually been around for far longer than you might realize. Read on as we discuss further:

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In the Beginning

People were using gutters as far back as 3000 to 1500 BC. The Harappan civilization, which occupied the area now known as Pakistan, made use of water-borne toilets that were linked by drains. These were covered with bricks of burnt clay and are the earliest form of gutters in history.

It was during the start of the Roman Empire at around 27 BC to 14 AD that gutters were used to revolutionize the road-building process. The Romans made use of gutters to carry mud and water away from the middle of roads, preventing flooding. Though efficient, these were far from the modern gutters replacement products you see today.

Modern Advancements

Gutters entered the American colonies around in the 18th Century. By the turn of the 20th Century, the invention of metal rolling machines helped to usher in a new era for gutters as builders were able to place them on the edges of roofs.

In the 1960s, the invention of seamless gutters revolutionized the way gutters were produced. The sheer strength and weight of aluminum made this material the go-to option for manufacturers.These days, you can’t afford to have gutters without Gutter Helmet®, the leading gutter protection system on the market. Its superior protection enables gutters to function without the threat of clogging and the need for maintenance.

Huff ‘N Puff is the area’s premier gutter installation specialist. You can count on us to deliver quality workmanship at friendly and affordable rates. For 40 years, we have provided exceptional roofing for over 35,000 happy customers. Call us today at (330) 391-7799 for a free, in-home consultation.

Hear From Our Customers

Efficient and unobtrusive, the crew was in and out of installing gutter helmets and helmet heaters on my house within four hours. They were sure to clean up any debris that was left over. I am very pleased with the whole installation process.

Installation of product was professional and the installers, Cosmo and Joe, treated me like family. All questions were answered and left the site neat and clean.

Huff 'n Puff is one of the area's most reliable companies. All phases of company reps interacting with customs is professional. Installers are very competent and product quality is excellent. Pricing is always fair.

The Gutters look great! Cosmo and Nigel were very courteous, friendly, thorough and professional. They did a wonderful job and took the time to answer any questions and advise us about the incredible warranty. So glad we did this!

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