While we are all familiar with what a gutter is, many people do not know the history behind gutters or why they are so essential to the overall well-being of your home. Here is a bit of information that every homeowner should know.
The History of Gutters
Gutters have been around since 3000 B.C. when they were first introduced by the Harappan civilization. In 27 B.C., the Romans changed up the gutter by using them to carry mud and water away from roads. Not much changed with the gutters until about 1066. As a result of the Norman Invasion, gutters were used for the first time to clear water off of buildings. In 1240, the first downspout was connected to a gutter on the Tower of London. In 1536, the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII led to an increase of metal gutters and other rainwater goods. This led to more people constructing gutters on their own homes, rather than them being used just on churches and public buildings. In 1710, American colonies began popping up and they loved the use of gutters on their homes. Since then, the design and gutter materials have evolved with the time. But the basic function and purpose of gutters have remained the same.
The Most Common Types of Gutter Material
70 percent of gutters in the United States are made of lightweight aluminum. Other common gutter materials include steel, copper and vinyl. Aluminum is the most common material because it is affordable, durable and lightweight, so it is easy to hang.
The Functionality Behind Gutters
When rain falls, it falls off of your roof and is collected in the trough of the gutter. Water then flows through the trough until it reaches the downspout. The water goes down the downspout until it reaches the bottom. From there, the water falls out of the downspout and is guided away from the home.
Why Gutters are Needed
Gutters help to protect many different aspects of your home, including your foundation, landscaping siding and the roof. Without a gutter, water would fall from the roof and hit your home's siding, puddle up against the foundation, land on your landscaping or sit on the roof and cause an ice dam. When a gutter system is installed, the gutters help to carry all of this water to a place where it can be discarded away from the home, helping to protect all of these items from damage.
At Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement, we provide quality home improvements to our customers. If your gutters are failing and need to be replaced, we would love to replace them with Gutter Helmet® gutters. Contact us now to schedule an appointment to have your gutters inspected or to start the process of replacing them.