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The History Of Gutters and Their Importance

We may refer to our homes as “modern,” but most homes include an important piece of ancient technology: Gutters. For many years, buildings, homes, and roadways use gutters to shuttle water away from building foundations. So how exactly did gutters come about, and why are they still so important to our homes and buildings?The history of gutters and their importance - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TN

The history of gutters

While there has been evidence that drains dates back to 3,000 years BC, the advent of modern drains is because of the Romans. As the Romans constructed roadways, they crowned the middle so water would drain away. Gutter systems were built along the edges of the roads to carry away water to prevent damages to roadways. The Romans exported the concept of gutters to Britain. The first gutters in Britain were affixed to castles and cathedrals, where draining water spouted from gargoyle’s mouths. Over the years, gutters made from a variety of materials became commonplace on buildings including modern homes.

Gutters came to the United States with the colonists. The earlier gutters were made from boards, fitted together in a V-shape, and they drained through square, wooden downspouts. Gutters eventually are made of materials such as led, hammered around round pipes. On luxury homes, low-profile gutters are built under cornices to mask the gutter and emphasize the architecture of the building. Over the years, gutters evolved with technology. Different materials and gutter shapes emerged with round, square and K-shaped. Gutters made from stainless steel, aluminum, and copper are popular options.

The importance of gutters

Gutters have remained an important feature of buildings and homes for thousands of years. They properly shuttle water away from buildings. Without gutters, water would run down the sides of buildings causing damage to the building materials, windows and doors and lead to mold and mildew growth. Without gutters, water would pour around a building’s foundation causing it to crack, crumble or shift and lead to flooded basements. Gutters protect homes and buildings from water damage, and they also allow homeowners to collect rainwater for use around the homes and gardens.

Gutters and your home

Your home requires a working gutter system to keep it safe from water damage. Today, you can choose from functional gutters with a classic look to specialty gutters that complement your home’s architecture or historic nature. The Gutterman of TN can help find the perfect gutter for you! We can even outfit your home with a complete gutter system that is fully modern, aesthetically pleasing, low-maintenance and perfectly installed to protect your home from water damage.

All About SafeGuard Gutter Guards

Have you imagined what it would be like to never clean your gutters again? Gutter cleaning is a nearly universally hated task, and at one time or another, most homeowners have thought about installing gutter guards or finding other alternatives to keep from having to climb their ladders to manually muck out their gutters. One option — in face, the best option — for protecting your gutter guards from debris are SafeGuard Gutter Guards. Here’s what you need to know about SafeGuard Gutter Guards and how they could help you.About SafeGuard Gutter Guards - Nashville TN - Gutterman

What are SafeGuard Gutter Guards?

SafeGuard Gutter Guards are a revolutionary gutter protection system. They are made from sturdy frames outfitted with stainless steel micromesh. When debris blows across your roofline, the micromesh prevents the debris from entering your gutters. Simultaneously, the micromesh allows water from precipitation to safely wash away from your home.

What sets SafeGuard Gutter Guards apart?

The SafeGuard Gutter Guard difference lies with that stainless steel micromesh. Unlike other types of gutter guards, the SafeGuard mesh won’t become blocked with debris over time. The gutter guards also won’t become overwhelmed in heavy rains, leading to gutter failure. Another benefit of SafeGuard gutter guards? They can actually strengthen your gutters. The fronts of a SafeGuard gutter guard system can bear 35 pounds of weight, while the tops of the mesh can bear up to 60 pounds.

How do we install SafeGuard gutter guards?

SafeGuard gutter guards fit to the tops of gutters. Installed in sections, their interlocking system prevents seams from separating and prevents weak points or gutter guard failures in the future. Unlike other gutter guards, SafeGuard gutter guards attach to the fascia along your roofline, rather than to the roof itself, which can lead to the voiding of your home’s warranty.

Do SafeGuard gutter guards require an entirely new gutter system?

Another standout feature of SafeGuard gutter guards? SafeGuard gutter guards don’t require an entirely new gutter system! SafeGuard gutter guards can be installed to the tops of your existing gutter system. Of course, if your gutters are in substandard shape, The Gutterman can outfit your home with an entirely new SafeGuard gutter guard system. This system comes complete with oversized gutters, sturdier hangers and SafeGuard gutter guard toppers.

Fall will be here before you know it, so save yourself from the hated task of cleaning falling leaves out of your gutter! Call the Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation to learn more about having SafeGuard Gutter Guards installed on your home.