Contrary to popular belief, not all gutters are made the same. It’s a common misconception among homeowners that the gutters are a ‘one size fits all’ component of the roof. In truth, there are many shapes and sizes available and some are better suited for certain homes and specifications.
In this post, your local roofing contractors at Lexington Blue share the three most common types of gutters and when to consider them during new installation or replacement.
1.The Customary K-Style
K-style gutters are the most popular and widely used type of gutter style. Their name isn’t actually due to their shape but rather from a national association that lists common types of gutters as option ‘K’. These gutters have a noticeable curved profile that mimics crown molding and, thanks to their rounded shape, have the ability to hold more rainwater.
These gutters are also popular for roof replacement since they have a flatter back that can easily be scared flush against the fascia. This creates a flush, seamless look that gives the roof a decorative edge.
These gutters are a great alternative to the flashy K-style gutters, boasting a more traditional look that blends perfectly with homes for a more traditional or turn-of-the-century architectural style. Half-round gutters come in different variants, with the most common being the double-bead, single-bead and reverse-bead styles. One advantage of this gutter style is that it can be installed with a hidden hanger that masks how they are attached to the roof. This gives it a seamless look comparable to more modern gutter styles.
3.Classy Victorian Ogee
Also known as the ‘Old Gothic Style’, these gutters have a distinct and decorative profile with an aesthetic based on old cast-iron gutters that were popular during the mid to late 19th century. These gutters are widely considered a specialty sort and work best with more traditional homes, such as ones that have a Victorian architectural style.
These gutters have slightly less capacity than the K-style and Half-rounded gutters and need to be custom-made. That said, they can really enhance your home’s curb appeal – especially if your property has a more traditional look.
Whether you’re installing a K-style gutter or need to have new siding installed, Lexington Blue will get the job done right the first time around. Call us today at (859) 368-6346 or fill out our contact form to learn more. We are local roofing contractors serving homeowners throughout Georgetown, KY.