Have you ever wondered were gutters come from? Channeling water was used back in the ancient times, but wooden gutters and downspouts were invented in the early 1900’s. The wooden gutters were made out of hemlock wood or new cedar wood which were lined with zinc to prevent decay. Later in the 19th century it was a common practice to use steel gutters. Even though steel gutters lasted longer than the wooden gutters, they still rusted, decayed and lost their strength over time. Around the 1950’s industries began developing aluminum and aluminum gutters were introduced. We use aluminum gutters to this day because aluminum gutters have high durability and show signs of rust only after 20 years. In the 1960’s a machine was invented that could roll out rain gutters. This was a great invention because it allows gutters to be seamless. Seamless gutters prevent unnecessary water breaks throughout the gutter system and over 75% of homes today have seamless gutters.
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