Gutters form part of your roof’s first line of defense against the elements. They prevent moisture damage to your roof by diverting rainwater to the drains. The long and varied history is a testament to their importance.
Here’s a brief overview of the history of rain gutters:
The Indus Valley Civilization (3,000 B.C.-1,500 B.C)
The use of rain gutters dates all the way back to 3,000 B.C.-1,500 B.C. with the Indus Valley Civilization—one of the world’s three earliest civilizations. Back then, gutter systems were primarily composed of drains covered with bricks made from burnt clay.
Roman Empire (27 BC – 476 AD)
The Roman Empire created more efficient gutter and drainage systems. The drainage systems on roadways were built higher in the middle to allow water to flow to the gutters.
Here’s an interesting fact about the required slope for gutter systems: As a rule of thumb, gutters, even modern ones, should be pitched half an inch for every 10 feet. The slope can also affect the size of your gutters: The higher the roof slope, the faster water slides down, the larger your gutters need to be.
The Norman Empire
During the period between the 10th and 13th centuries, gutters systems started to be incorporated into a building’s architecture. A well-known example of this development would be the stone gargoyles that expel rainwater through their mouths.
The increasing availability and affordability of cast iron prompted manufacturers to make gutters using this durable material.
The 20th Century
Technological developments such as the invention of metal rolling machines and the widespread use of rust-resistant aluminum led to the creation of more durable gutter systems and gutter accessories. One of the most commonly installed gutter accessories is rain gutter covers.
Rain gutter covers prevent leaves and other debris from entering and clogging your gutters, reducing its maintenance needs. Keep in mind that gutter covers can only reduce, not eliminate, your gutters’ maintenance needs. That is except for Gutter Helmet®, the only gutter covers on the market with a Never Clean Your Gutters Again® guarantee.
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