Whether your home is a colonial or Spanish style house, there are residential gutter systems that will match its style. Rain gutters come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.
This makes it that much easier to find a type of gutter system that doesn’t stand out on your roof like a sore thumb. To find the best roof gutters for you, take a look at the following types of gutters below.
The shapes of gutters
Gutters come in two different shapes: half-round and K-style. These refer to the shape of the gutter’s cross-section, or the area along the top edge of the gutter.
A half-round gutter has a cross-section that resembles a partially rounded tube. These types of gutters are predominantly found on older homes that are considered historic and can therefore easily blend into an older home’s architecture.
K-style gutters have a cross-section that mimics the appearance of crown molding. Their sections bend with a flat back and bottom and then have a slight curve along the front side.
Types of gutter materials
While there may only be two types of gutter shapes, the materials these gutters can be made from are numerous. Some of the metals that can be used to create different types of gutters include:
- Copper gutters
Copper gutters are beautiful and won’t rust over time. Copper gutters will, however, develop a patina which many homeowners are fond of due to the darker and more natural color, which can match an older home’s earthy tones.
- Aluminum gutters
Aluminum gutters are among the most common gutter choices for homeowners. These types of gutters won’t rust and are easy to install because they’re incredibly lightweight. Additionally, aluminum gutters come in various colors and can also be painted to match the trim of the home.
- Vinyl gutters
Like aluminum gutters, vinyl gutters are lightweight and easy to install. However, they can be especially susceptible to fading in the sun and the number of colors to choose from is limited.
- Steel gutters
Steel gutters are incredibly strong and come in a wide variety of colors like aluminum gutters. However, installation can be tricky because of the weight, and rust may become a problem after five to 10 years.
Roof gutters come in a wide range of shapes, colors, and materials, making them easily customizable to fit the style of your home. For more information on gutters and what type of gutter system may work best for your home, contact Northwest Rain Gutters today.