Gutter Styles: Not All Gutters Are the Same!
When folks think about rain gutters, well honestly most people don’t pay that much attention; they may think they are all the same. Actually, there are several different styles categorized by their profile and construction that will give completely different looks to your home.
Commonly seen on many American homes, K-style gutters have a look similar to interior crown molding, making them more visually appealing. The shape also holds more water and makes the gutter stronger. K-style gutters are also called ogee gutters.
Half Round Gutters
If you take a pipe and cut it in half lengthwise, you will have the shape of a half-round gutter. Their look may be more suitable for some older styles of homes more so than modern ones. Their smooth surface makes them easier to clean than a K-Style and allows water to flow more freely, although they don’t hold as much water as the K- Style.
Seamless gutters are an innovative solution for installing rain gutters. Gutters that come in sections have to be joined with fixtures and the seams can leak and catch debris. Using a special machine, gutters can be extruded right at the job site to exact lengths, with joints only having to be applied at corners. Gutter Helmet combined with aesthetically pleasing seamless gutters is the ultimate in rainwater protection.
A fascia gutter is a specialty gutter that is often custom-made as a seamless unit that is fixed to a fascia board. The profile is flat at a shallow angle with the back being 90 degrees. It can be fixed to the ends of the rafters performing the function of a fascia board. It is most commonly found in the Western part of the United States.
Rain gutters that come in sections are the most common type, coming in standard lengths of 10 to 20 feet long. Because sectional gutters have more seams, they will tend to have more leaks. For a homeowner who wants to install gutters themselves, these are the logical choice.
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