The History of Gutters

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The need to collect rainwater for drinking and channel water for irrigation dates back to ancient times. Wooden gutters and downspouts, were developed in recently. Rainwater captured in barrels was used for bathing and washing. The original wood gutters were made from old growth cedar, a product that became rarely available, and was substituted with new cedar or hemlock wood, lined with zinc to help them last longer.

In the twentieth century, steel became a popular material for gutters because of its resistance to rotting and its strength. After World War II when aluminum became available for industrial uses, it became the popular choice for gutters because of its light weight and durability.

In the 1960’s, the invention of seamless aluminum gutters changed the situation completely. A machine was developed that holds a roll of aluminum, called gutter coil, at one end, and extrudes a formed gutter at the other end. The formed gutter can be cut to any length desired and custom fit to the home on site. This method of creating gutters without seams, makes the gutters stronger and leak proof.

Today over 70% of residential gutters are seamless aluminum gutters, also known as roll-formed gutters, (OG or K-style gutters.) Seamless gutters come in a wide choice of colors, painted and baked on to the metal when it is made. Seamless aluminum gutters are custom fit to your home on site.

 

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Facts

Copper gutters are durable...

Copper gutters are durable, long lasting, and are usually reserved for classic restorations.  Expect to pay 3 times more for copper, depending on the style and weight.

FAQ's

Q. I have a metal roof, what kind of gutter should I use.

A. That depends on the slope of the roof, and the type of fascia. We recommend discussing this with your roofing or gutter installer.