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Did you know that gutters were used in homes and buildings as far back as 3000 B.C. to prevent water damage? While gutter technology has certainly improved over the millennia, the primary function of gutters remains the same. Gutters, along with gutter protection systems, channel rainwater that lands on the roof away from your home and into a safe drainage site.

Read on as Gutter Helmet® of Cookeville discusses the development of modern gutter systems.

Early Roman Architecture

Thatched cottages were built with an overhanging rafter to allow rainwater to flow away from the walls of a house. This design inspired Roman engineers to develop gutters. As the Roman Empire grew, the knowledge of gutter construction grew with it, spreading throughout Europe.

The Norman Empire

In the 10th Century, the Norman Empire built impressive castles, monasteries and buildings that featured Roman gutter designs. These gutters were built with stone for their main troughs, and the Normans adorned these parapets with gargoyles that served as downspouts for rainwater. During this time, gutters were also installed in residential purposes, but these were typically built with wood.

Modern Gutters

After the Industrial Revolution, the prevalence of metalworking paved the way for the modern gutter and gutter protection systems that are still in use today. Metals such as aluminum, copper, iron and tin were made readily available, and gutters were built with these materials. Perhaps the best product that came out of all these developments was the production of stainless steel and corrosion-resistant gutters.

Today, gutters and gutter guards available at Gutter Helmet® of Cookeville are the result of years of improvement and development. Give us a call at (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form to ask our experts about efficient gutter systems and request a free estimate on new gutter protection installations today. We serve homeowners in Cookeville, TN, and nearby areas.