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The Different Types of Gutters

Rain gutters help maintain your home’s siding by funneling water through the gutters rather than letting the water run down your siding. They also can be a great way to harvest rainwater in dry regions where water is scarce. But there are many different types of rain gutters in the market. Choosing the right type of rain gutter for your needs is crucial.

Rain gutters come in many different shapes, sizes, colors and prices. To find the right size gutters for your home involves some math, it’s usually best to go with a professional rain gutter installer. It’s still good to know the different types of rain gutters so you can choose the right one for your home.

Types of Gutters

There are two main types of gutters, K-style and Half round gutters. Both of these typically come in 5-6 inch widths.

K-style gutters have are flat at the bottom and the back. The front of the gutter is typically decorated with a curve to look like crown molding. There are many styles available on the market.

Half Round gutters are what they sound like: half round. These type of gutters are typically used in older or historic homes.

For the most part, K-style gutters have more capacity than half round at the same width. K-style gutters also cost more, but the added capacity is well worth the extra spend.

Different Types of Gutter Materials

Residential rain gutters are typically made out of the following materials:

  • Aluminum

  • Copper

  • Seamless Aluminum

  • Steel

  • Vinyl

  • Zinc

Each one of these gutter materials has it’s pros and cons. Choosing the right material comes down to where you live, the type of weather conditions in your area and your budget. When you’re ready to have your rain gutters installed reach out to us. One of our team members will come out and give you a free estimate.


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