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A Brief History of Gutter Systems

By July 17, 2017October 18th, 2023No Comments

Gutters are an integral component of your home’s well-being. They channel rainwater away from your premises to prevent structural damage from occurring. Since you’re interested in keeping them in top shape at all times, you might probably have wondered how they were invented. As your trusted provider of the best gutter systems , MR. FIX-IT™ gives you a closer look at its history.

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Ancient Gutters

The earliest form of gutters dates back to between 3000 BC – 1500 BC. The Harappan civilization, which dwelled in what is now Pakistan, utilized water-borne toilets connected by drains covered with bricks of burnt clay. Between 27 BC – 14 AD, the Romans innovated road construction by “crowning” them in the middle. This allowed mud and water to run straight into the gutters.

When the Normans invaded sometime in 1066, a change in architecture occurred. Churches, residences, and other structures were reconstructed with stone roofs and parapets. The water collected from those areas were directed into gutters that terminated in the mouths of gargoyles. Other civilizations began to adapt the concept of gutters, which evolved over time.

Modern Gutters

It was during the 1700s when gutters became popular on buildings in the American colonies. Through the years, they evolved from built-in to seamless types, with the latter the most popular in the country. However, while their design allowed an efficient water flow, debris tended to get stuck inside, leading to clogs.

Today, many homeowners invest in Gutter Helmet®, an innovative gutter protection system. It comes with an exclusive nose-forward design that extends past the edge of the gutters to shed leaves, twigs, and other debris effortlessly. It also features a ribbed surface for improved surface tension, so water adheres to it strongly as it enters the systems. These aspects allow Gutter Helmet to shield your home from the harmful effects of clogged gutters, such as foundation damage, basement flooding, and landscaping erosion.

Look no further than MR. FIX-IT to install the best gutter systems for your home. We can also supplement them with Gutter Helmet to achieve top-notch performance and reliable protection throughout the seasons. Call us at (866) 985-9437 for more information about our products and services. We serve Ashland and surrounding communities in Virginia.