One of the best parts about working with gutters, is the overall simplicity. Point at any part of a gutter, and the purpose of it will generally be to “Control the flow of water from the roof to the surface of the ground”. That doesn’t change much, and because it’s a simple concept, it can be very easy for us to explain a job to our customers.
Okay, okay, gutters are not that shocking, but it got you to take a look at this article right? At Dynamic Gutters we pretty much eat, drink and sleep “gutters”, which naturally makes us interested in the history of our industry and how the cutting edge technologies we use every day came about. In our research we found some “riveting things” (sorry – that was a gutter joke) about gutters and their evolution to the modern product.
If you are considering getting new gutters, you probably want to know the types of gutters there are. There are many different types of gutters out there, and they come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. Most residential gutters are either 5 inches (with a 2 x 3 inch downspout) or 6 inches long (with a 3 x 4 inch downspout). They are typically made of zinc, steel, copper, vinyl, or aluminum, although steel and vinyl are becoming obsolete. Wood gutter also exist; nevertheless, they are rarely used today. Gutters that are 5 inches hold about 4.5 liters of water, and those that are 6 inches hold about 7.5 liters. For commercial buildings, gutters can be made a bit larger so that they hold more water.
A gutter brush is another type of leaf protection system. It is a long circular guard that you keep in your gutters all year round in order to prevent clogging of leaves, twigs, and other debris. It can even prevent birds and rodents from building their nests in your gutters. Gutter brushes act as filtration systems and allow water to flow through your gutters. As such, they reduce the need for cleaning and maintenance. They also come in many different sizes so that they can fit your gutter properly.