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When choosing gutters and gutter protection systems, it’s important to understand the differences between the various products so you can make an informed decision. Today’s blog from Gutter Helmet® of Cookeville discusses the various gutter styles you can choose from.

Gutters 101: Examining Different Gutter Styles

There are two basic gutter styles: K-style gutters and half-round gutters. The shape of the gutter is determined by its cross-section.

K-Style Gutters

These gutters have flat bottoms and flat backs. They have a “K” profile that’s more apparent when viewed from the side. The front portion of K-style gutters usually takes on the shape of a curve or any decorative shape that mimics crown molding. Since they are deeper in length, K-style gutters can hold more water than half-round gutters.

These gutters are available in 5-inch or 6-inch variants. You may also purchase them in seven- or eight-inch sizes. K-style gutters are commonly installed in modern-style homes.

Half-Round Gutters

Half-round gutters are shaped like round tubes and have curled-top outer edges on both sides. This gutter style is more characteristic of classic or traditional homes. Half-round gutters are more decorative than k-shape gutters. Their shape also allows for easier debris cleaning and smoother water flow.

Half-round gutters are typically composed of copper, though they can also be made from aluminum, galvanized steel or zinc-coated metal. Note that half-round gutters are heavier than K-style gutters because the former requires more materials for the same length and size. Half-round gutters also require special rods and brackets to keep them in place, whereas K-style gutters can be fastened directly to the fascia.

You can also choose from a wide array of materials for your gutters. Common materials are aluminum, copper, steel and vinyl.

Once you’ve chosen the right style of gutters for your home, invest in an efficient gutter protection system. Gutter Helmet of Cookeville offers high-quality gutter protection systems that ensure your gutters will be free of debris. For more information regarding our products and services, you may call us at (866) 985-9982. We serve Cookeville, TN.