Half round systems offer a more historical and elegant look than the standard “K-Style” gutters.
Gutters are functional and serve a purpose. Aluminum gutters are the most common choice because they are inexpensive and easy to install. But materials are not the only important decision to make when it comes to choosing gutters for your home.
K-style gutters is the default style that most homeowners choose. K-style gutters are also easy to install and labor costs are generally cheaper. These are great options and the style and color of the gutters will fit in with the exterior of most homes.
Half Round Gutters
But some homeowners would like gutters that are more customized to suit their homes and are interested in something more stylish and visually appealing. An alternative to the standard aluminum k-style gutters is half-round gutters. Instead of being more square shaped, half round gutters are rounded, like a round pipe that is cut lengthwise. You still have the option of choosing different colors and half round gutters are available in different widths and can be installed as seamless gutters or in sections. Materials for half round gutters include aluminum, copper, and galvanized or zinc-coated metal.
Half round gutters were widely used in Europe on historical homes. People with older homes choose half-round gutters because they suit the style and exterior of the home and because they are historically accurate in many instances. K-style gutters are more common in American homes where homes tend to be much newer. K-style gutters were designed to complement the exterior of more modern homes and were intended to resemble the crown molding that was common in these homes. Since then K-style gutters have become standard and most homes have them.
But there are advantages to choosing half-round gutters for your home. If you have an older home the gutters will suit the exterior of your home and will be the perfect highlight. But in addition to appearance, the half round gutters are a smoother shape and therefore will be less prone to corrosion. They are also easier to keep clean since debris is less likely to get caught as waterborne debris flows through the gutters. There will be less clogging and you will need to clean them out less frequently.
The low maintenance, as well as the style and appearance that is more visually interesting than the common K-style, makes half round gutters an option that deserves careful consideration whenever it is time for an upgrade.
Half round gutters are more expensive than other styles, however, because they are not as readily available. And they require specialty parts like threaded rods and hanger brackets to install. They are also heavier than K-style gutters.
Ask Scott-Lee Guttering
If you are thinking about what guttering system is right for your home, discuss your options with Scott-Lee Guttering. We will be glad to help you decide which gutter system will suit your needs and budget. Call our St. Louis location at (314) 756-9440 and for our St. Charles location (636) 441-3800.