The most common types of gutters (and the best design based on your needs)

The best type of gutters primarily depends on how much rain your region receives, your budget, personal preference, and roof design. However, there is one pressing question that needs an answer: Is gutter really a necessity?

For this question, in most cases, the answer is a resounding yes.

Most homes need a gutter system, which controls rainwater that hits the roof, redirecting it into a manageable flow, so it moves away from the home’s foundation. Without it, water may collect around the property, causing damage to its foundation over time.

What are the basic gutter types in terms of shape?

Gutter types come in two basic shapes: the K-style gutter with flat bottom and back and the half-round gutter that looks like a half-round tube. Both styles are available in 5- and 6-inch widths.

The front side of K-style gutters has a decorative shape, such as ogee or curve, that makes them look like crown molding. Nevertheless, they all come with flat bottoms and backs.

Nowadays, the most commonly used gutters are 5-inch width K-style. But in areas with high rainfall, the 6-inch version is better to direct water away from the home’s foundation.

On the other hand, half-round gutters are commonly found in older homes. As their name implies, they have rounded bottoms with an open top as if they were the bottom half of a tube. Compared to K-style, they hold less water, which means they are not the best choice if you live in a region with a high amount of rainfall.

However, half-round gutters are an excellent choice if you live in a region with little to moderate rainfall and want a quaint or classic-looking house. And when they are fashioned from zinc or copper, they add to the appeal that complements certain architectural styles.

The third type of gutter shape, and also the least common, is called fascia gutters. Unlike the two previously mentioned shapes, they are not sold in sections that fit together. Instead, they are built for a specific house, and so they appear like one long stretch of aluminum.

Because fascia gutters don’t have seams, they are not prone to rust and leaks. Additionally, they look sleek and contemporary, making them a popular choice among people who like the industrial, minimalist, and avante-garde home design.

But because of their custom-built design, fascia gutters always require professional installation. Furthermore, they are twice as expensive as K-style and half-round gutters.

What is the best type of gutter?

Now that you know the different types of gutters, you may wonder what is best for you. To help you make the right choice, read our tips below.

The best rain gutter types are K-style in 6-inch width; however, the 5-inch version is enough if you live in a region that receives an average amount of rainfall.
If you want the quaint or old-fashioned look, you may opt for a half-round gutter made of copper, which creates a beautiful green-blue patina over time.
If you have the budget and want a sleek appearance, custom fascia might be a good option.

Pro tip:

If you need a gutter system that can last for many years or even decades, make sure that you hire a professional gutter installation expert. Ideally, choose a company that provides a complete warranty on their labor and materials.

At Yorkshire Roofing, we provide a warranty on all our gutter, roofing, home insulation, and solar installation services to homeowners and business establishments throughout the Bay Area. With more than 30 years of providing quality and affordable service, we’ve become the industry leader in Northern California.

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