If you’ve ever visited Europe or any other place in the world with Old World architecture, you are usually drawn to the old buildings, cathedrals, churches, homes, administrative buildings, and temples. But why is that? Is it because they were built hundreds of years ago with primitive tools that make you wonder how humans ever achieved such a feat? Partly. Is it because you feel transported back in time similar to walking the streets of Pompeii and you get to experience a bit of what life was like almost 2000 years ago? Partly.
Goliath Roofing and Remodeling, a Houston-based local roofing company, would like to submit that you are drawn to old buildings because you love the architecture, even if that doesn’t mean much to you. You love the walls, the furnishings, the roofs, and even the lowly gutter. When you go to famous old cathedrals, such as Notre Dame in Paris, what do you want to see most? The vault? The nave? The cloisters? Nope. You want to see the gargoyle statues that served as gutters in the Middle Ages, meant to convey water away from the building as they do today.
The gutter, seen by many as an afterthought to a house and only useful for carrying water from the roof of your home to the ground so the water won’t pool and cause leaks, is one place on your home where you can customize to the hilt, stand out from the crowd, be the talk of the neighborhood, and still be HOA-compliant. In this blog post, we’ll go over the case for snazzing up your gutters. Contact us today for a free roofing estimate, or for gutter cleaning and replacement services!
THE HISTORY OF GUTTERS
The history of gutters closely corresponds to the history of buildings. The way physics works is the earth’s gravity pulls anything that falls down, including water. Hence, when it rains, water is constantly seeking the lowest area, which is why waterfalls exist. When buildings were first constructed, they were simple, four-walled areas with a top. It was quickly realized that something was needed to rid the water not only from the roof, but also away from the home. Too much water near the home’s foundation was causing the home to become unstable and sink into the ground — and as much as we love the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we don’t want that for our home.
As homes and buildings became more elaborate, so too did their gutters. However, it was the Normans and their love for all things Gothic who took the lowly gutter to a whole new level with the advent of the gargoyles. Gutters have been simplified since the era of the small winged creature, but their function and necessity remain.
Today, the vast majority of gutters are made from metal that runs along the roof of your home, down a downspout, and guides the flow of rainwater away from your home. In recent years, more people have turned back to having their gutters be accent pieces in their own right, especially as the advent of the modern subdivision and model homes have taken root. Gutters serve as excellent ways to make your home stand out. Goliath Roofing and Remodeling offers gutter repair services in the Houston area. Contact us today to learn more!
CHANGE OUT YOUR GUTTERS TO BE DIFFERENT
In essence, everyone has the same parts to their home and/or office. There’s the framing, or the look of your home overall. There’s the roof, which comes in a variety of styles, roofing materials, and colors. There are windows to see out of and to let light in. There’s at a bare minimum one door in which to enter and exit the home. Then there’s the garage of some sort. Let’s face it, with the same basic parts, most people opt for the same styles, colors, and design of their neighbors because it’s easy. Changing out your gutters is an easy way to differentiate your home from all the other similar models in your neighborhood.
CHANGE OUT YOUR GUTTERS TO ADD AESTHETIC VALUE
There’s no doubt that curb appeal sells homes. That’s why one of the top pieces of advice real estate agents give their clients when they list the home is to spruce up their front yards. Gutters wear out like all home component parts. When it’s time to have them replaced, why not choose something that will add more aesthetic value?
One of the most popular ways to add aesthetic value is to turn your gutters into accent pieces, rather than trying to hide them by having them painted the same color as your home. This will catch most people’s eyes and be beautiful for years to come. Having your gutters match the style and complement its color and/or roofing material is another way to add aesthetic value to your home. When you partner with Goliath Roofing and Remodeling, we’ll help you match your new gutters to your home and/or roof. With over 20 years in the roofing industry, we know how to add aesthetic values to homes in the Houston area.
CHANGE OUT YOUR GUTTERS TO SELL YOUR HOME QUICKER
Gutters, while unnoticeable to you who sees them everyday, take up a big part of the exterior of your home. They serve as a frame almost like the outline of a drawing that when pimped out, can stand out to everyone. Copper gutters, along with other copper accents such as window shutters, not only are some of the best gutters on the market in terms of functionality, they are beautiful to look at and will undoubtedly yield a higher price when you go to sell your home. This is because the demand for copper exceeds the supply, which makes it more expensive, and rarer, to use on your home.
OPTIONS FOR GUTTERS
Gargoyles, while not a popular option, are still an option for homeowners. However, Goliath Roofing and Remodeling recommends the following gutter options for your home:
Rain chains. Rain chains usually hang from the drop outlet in your gutter and serve to guide water from your gutters to the ground.
Copper guttering, or other high-end material. Metal gutters can be used as an accent for your home and as a way to increase your home’s value.
- Leader heads. One of the more popular ways to customize your gutters is leader heads. These are bigger boxes attached at your drop outlet to collect water and then disperse in through your downspouts. Accessorize your downspouts to complete the look.
- Decorative gutters. Whole companies are dedicated to making your gutters pop. You can buy leader heads that are in the shape of animals, such as birds, fish, or elephants. You can use vary the gutter material. Or you can add design features to your gutters that are simple designs. Whatever you can dream out, someone will make it for you.
HOW GOLIATH ROOFING AND REMODELING CAN HELP
As Houston’s Top Rated Local® Roofing Services, Goliath Roofing and Remodeling offers residential and commercial roof installations and roof repair services. We offer free written estimates, as well as free inspections, so you can rest assured that your roof is functioning properly. We also offer emergency roof repairs for when the next storm decides to hit Houston, and you need roof repairs.
Goliath Roofing and Remodeling also offers other exterior home services, including gutter cleaning and installation, tiling, painting, siding, and drywall installation. We recognize the value of having one contractor for all your home’s remodeling projects. This makes it easy for coordination of work, as well as simplifies the process of having to get multiple bids from multiple contractors for different projects. Give us a call today for your free roofing estimate, or for an estimate on gutter repair and replacement or any other home remodeling need!