While seamless gutters come in a wide array of materials and finishes, they all perform the same function – to divert water away from your home. But believe it or not, this has not always been the case. They have been around for centuries, and the first gutters were used for different purposes.
Gutter Helmet® of Eastern NY, formerly Huff ‘N Puff, provides a brief overview of the history of gutters.
Early Forms of Gutters
Back in 3000 BC, ancient civilizations used gutters as water-borne toilets. Linked by drains and covered with burnt clay, they channeled waste away from domiciles. This was further developed by the Romans in 27BC. They built crowned roads so mud and water flowed downhill into the gutters, which directed the gunk away. They soon brought this innovation to Britain.
When advancements in architecture took place during the 11th century, residences, churches and other structures were redesigned with stone roofs and parapets. Gutters were incorporated to drain water into the mouths of gargoyles. This helped preserve the building’s structural integrity. Decades later, gutters were further improved with cast iron and lead.
Gutter Advancements in the U.S.
Gutter installation only became popular in America during the 1700s. The first kinds of gutters were made of wood and lined with metal. They also tended to be V-shaped. During the 1900s, metal rolling machines were developed to easily create half-round steel gutters.
In 1960, seamless gutters were introduced to ensure proper water drainage. Aluminum also became the most preferred material during that time, and that has been true even today because of its durability and low weight. Today, most custom gutters are manufactured with a portable gutter machine so experts can tailor them according to the home’s specifications.
The Birth of Gutter Protection
All kinds of gutters have an open design to catch water efficiently. The problem is, this makes them prone to debris buildup. This is why gutter protection systems were eventually created to keep gutters clean and clear for a long time. This eases the hassle of gutter maintenance, saving homeowners a lot of time, money and effort.
Whether you’re in need of gutter replacement or gutter guard installation, turn to Gutter Helmet of Eastern NY right away. We offer only industry-leading products to ensure lasting benefits. Call us today at (855) 483-3678 for more information about our products and services.