The History of Gutters

By January 13, 2022Uncategorized

The story of rain gutters started with the Indus Valley civilization during the years 3000 BC to 1500 BC

Gutters were built from clay brick — which is less than ideal for today’s applications.

The story continues with the Romans – a turning point in gutter history

In 47 AD, the Romans brought gutters to Britain. The standard architecture for buildings at the time changed due to the spread of the Norman Empire (10th to 13 centuries). Stone roofs and parapets became common. Additionally, gargoyles became the only gutter system around.


Cast iron became a very cheap material and not hard to come by. Cast iron replaced lead as the main material used to make gutters.

Wood gutters became common among high-end homes and public buildings. This style remained through the 20th century.

20th century

Metal rolling machines were invented. Therefore, the installation of half round steel gutter began.


The seamless gutter machine was invented. Aluminum became the primary material used for gutter systems.

Throughout all of the changes made to gutters over time, one thing has still remained:

The collection of debris that prevents gutters from working properly. This is because the design of the outlet (the hole in the gutter that leads to the downspout) has always remained the same.

What’s the fix? Consider gutter guard installation on your property!

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