It difficult to say where gutters started with absolute certainty. The concept of a gutter could be said to have begun as early as 2500 BC, where copper pipes were utilized to carry water, leading to ancient Egyptians utilizing a trough water diversion system to carry water away from ancient buildings. The Romans have been credited with one of the first gutter systems in 27 BC. Romans used a gutter concept in the building of roads for the Roman Empire. The concept led to them creating a high-point in the middle of the road that naturally directed the flow of rain water to either side, keeping the road “high and dry.” In 47 AD, the Romans took the concept with them to England.
The Norman Invasion of England in 1066 began a new era for the gutter. The Normans had devastated the towns and hamlets of England and, along with them, a multitude of homes and other structures. In rebuilding the homes and communities in England ravaged by war, the Normans utilized gutters on the stone roofs which adorned the new, massive structures. Gutters carried rain from the rooftops and away from the buildings in a guttering system to protect the integrity of the buildings.
Downspouts, used in conjunction with gutters, were first noted appearing in the Middle Ages. In medieval times, gargoyles were used as a type of downspout, projecting rain water from the stone roofs of the homes. The gargoyles would be attached to troughs which led through their backs causing water to spew from their ferocious mouths. Perhaps the first known downspout, as we conceive it today, was erected on the side of the Tower of London in the year 1240.
Gutters have fulfilled a need for thousands of years, and interestingly enough, gutters still serve homes and public structures just as they did during the middle ages. So, how do you improve on a time-tested, functional product? The answer is by using the same principle behind the sentiment “how to build a better mouse trap.” When the functional concept of the gutter has stood the test of time and has the capacity to continue the need for which it was designed, the only ways to improve it include making improvements allowing optimal functioning, using the best materials in the production of the item, addressing the issues of cost, warranty, long-term durability, and aesthetic appeal, as well as producing an item which carries with it the least amount of work for the homeowner.
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