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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LeafGuard Brand gutter is the only one-piece seamless gutter system. Its patented one-piece design allows rainwater to travel down and around its integrated curved hood and into the gutter, while deflecting leaves and debris.


Q. Can I paint my gutters?

A. Yes, but it is not recommended, for it will void any paint finish warrantees, and will shorten the life of the gutters as paint will more easily peel and chip away from the aluminum.