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A Brief History of Gutter Systems

By December 2, 2015No Comments

Modern gutters are available in many different materials and finishes and perform the same vital function. However, this has not always been the case. Contrary to popular belief, gutters have been around for centuries, and the first gutters were made of unconventional materials that served various functions.

In this post, Gutter Helmet of Idaho shares a brief history of gutters, from the first collection systems to the ones found on today’s homes.

Ancient Gutter Systems
The origin of gutters can be traced all the way to the Indus Valley civilization, between 3000 BC and 1500 BC. The first gutters had fewer capabilities, and were constructed from bricks made out of burnt clay.

Between 27 BC – 14 AD, the Romans introduced their own version of a gutter system. They named their goddess of sewers Gloacina, to show the importance they placed on water management. This, however, was not the turning point in gutter history, since their ideas were soon forgotten after the Romans left British shores.

The rise of the Norman Empire between the 10th and 13th centuries brought about a shift in architecture, and consequently, the introduction of stone roofs and parapets. In this period, gargoyles became the dominant and sole gutter system.

Fast forward to the early 1700s, cast iron became an abundant and cheap material, allowing it to eventually replace lead as the main material used in gutter creation. As the period progressed, wealthy homes and public buildings began to use wooden gutters. This continued well into the 20th century due to its aesthetically pleasing nature.

Modern Gutters
The 20th century gave rise to new technologies and materials for gutter system creation. The invention of metal rolling machines gave birth to half-round steel gutters used on buildings.

Today’s gutters are available in a wide selection of materials. Properly hanging gutters in Boise ID, and the nearby area, directs rainwater away from the home, which protects your siding, foundation, and landscaping from disintegration.

However, because of their design, modern gutters tend to be susceptible to clogs. This may cause water to back up at the downspout, with the resulting weight dislodging or bending the gutters. There’s no need to fret, though, as you can keep leaves and all manner of debris out for good by having us install an advanced gutter protection system such as Gutter Helmet.

Let Gutter Helmet of Idaho help you maintain your system’s stellar performance for years to come. With us, you can expect nothing less than quality installation done by certified and experienced installers. Call us today for a free quote.