3 Types of Rain Gutters and Their Uses

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3 Types of Rain Gutters and Their Uses

Rain gutters protect your home from water damage by diverting excess rainwater away from your house. Roof gutters, in the form we recognize them, were developed at the beginning of the 20th century. Since then, we’ve made advances in the industry, and Northwest Rain Gutter differentiates between the different types of roof gutters and their specific uses as follows.

1. K-style Gutters.

The two main types of rain gutters: K-style and half round. K-style rain gutters are the most commonly used type available. Their rectangular shape resembles that of colonial-style crown molding.

Because they are flat-sided, installation is much simpler and less costly than it is for half-round roof gutters. They come in a variety of lengths, colors, and sizes, adding to their versatility. In general, K-style gutters have twice as much capacity as half round gutters do. In addition, they’re the preferred style if you want gutters with a seamless appearance. Seamless gutters also experience fewer leakage issues, making them a good option to consider.

2. Half Round Gutters.

The round shape of this gutter type works well for homes that have a rounded roof line, older homes, or homes built with steel and copper. They also have a more conventional look and come in a wide range of colors for you to choose from.

However, half round gutters require special installation tools, which make them a bit more expensive than K-style gutters.

3. Custom Gutter Options.

Some homes and buildings have a unique roof construction that conventional rain gutters just aren’t compatible with. Northwest Rain Gutters has extensive experience designing custom gutters, as well as building and installing them. You can choose from a wide selection of materials which are then shaped specifically to meet the needs of your home. Clean gutters that are custom-made for your home accentuate your home’s exterior, while still offering the vital protection from water damage that your home needs.

Clean gutters are essential for avoiding expensive water damage to your home. Taking your individual sense of style, the shape of your roof, and the style of your home into consideration, you can use this information about gutter types to make the best choice for you and your home.

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