When Did We Start Putting Gutters on Homes?

A history lesson from the Burnsville, MN experts

Gutters have been around longer than you probably think. The first recorded use of a gutter-like structure was in 3000 B.C. Gutters were later used in homes during the Roman Empire, all the way to European churches in the Middle Ages. In the 1700s, cast iron replaced lead as the most common material for gutters (probably a good thing). After World War I, gutters began to be made out of plastics, too. Aluminum topped the list of most popular gutter material in the 1960s. Today, most gutters are made of aluminum, steel, copper or vinyl. Call the gutter experts at Foss WRX, LLC to install your brand-new gutters today.

4 things that can affect the integrity of your gutters

4 things that can affect the integrity of your gutters

Once you install new gutters, you need to maintain them in order to keep their lifespan long. Here are four common issue with gutters to look out for:

  • Denting. In climates with extreme temperature changes, thermal fluctuation can cause your gutter’s material to expand and bow out.
  • Bending. If you recently experienced a downpour, the weight of the water in your gutters can cause them to bend. If you live in a climate with lots of precipitation, be sure to install sturdy gutters.
  • Splitting. If your gutters were installed with spikes, the metal may split or crack.
  • Fading. Certain brands of pre-painted gutters may fade more easily than others over time. Make sure you install a high-quality brand.


These issues are easy to avoid when you hire a professional to install your gutters. Call 612-816-9912 today to install yours.