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Having your gutters replaced or installing guards is relatively inexpensive and is necessary to prevent water from entering your foundation/basement.
The Romans brought rainwater systems to Britain around 120 AD. The technology was subsequently lost but was re-introduced by the Normans after the Norman conquest at Hastings in 1056 AD. The White Tower, at the Tower of London had external gutters In March 1240 the Keeper of the Works at the Tower of London was ordered by King Henry “to have the Great Tower whitened both inside and out”. This was according to the fashion at the time. Later that year the king wrote to the Keeper, commanding that the White Tower’s lead guttering should be extended with the effect that “the wall of the tower newly whitened, may be in no danger of perishing or falling outwards through the trickling of the rain”.
Basic Types of Gutters
There are two basic types, they are referred to by the shape of their cross section. Both types of gutters come in 5- and 6-inch widths.
K-style gutters have flat bottoms and backs, and the front side of the gutter usually has a decorative shape, such as a curve or ogee, that mimics crown molding. Half round gutters – Usually used in older and historic homes.
Many styles are available.
Residential gutters are made from various metals, including:
• Most widely used material
• Lightweight and easy to install
• Won’t rust
• .032- or .027-gauge thickness recommended for long-lasting duty in regions with snow
• Comes in various colors and comes in a variety of colors
• Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $6 to $11 per linear foot
• Exceptional beauty
• Won’t rust
• No need to paint; will develop a patina over time
• Needs pro installation; seams and joints must be welded
• Used primarily on high-end residences and historic restorations
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $12 to $25 per linear foot (6-inch K-style or half round)
Exterior Renovations has installed all types of gutters in the Maryland area, let us guide you in the process to get the protection your home needs.
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