Gutter Systems

There are many shapes and colors when looking at gutters for your home. A qualified Gutter Contractor will be able to help you decided what is best for your home and then match the color to what best fits the paint color or siding color of your home..

 

There are 2 Basic Types of Gutters Shapes
Both types come in 5” and 6” widths. K-Style and Half Round Gutters

Kstyle GuttersK-style gutters have flat bottoms and backs, and the front side of the gutter usually has a decorative shape, such as a curve.

 

 

 

 

Half Round GuttersHalf-round gutters are exactly that: half-round tubes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In general, K-style gutters have twice the capacity of their half-round cousins of the same width, and cost up to 50% more per linear foot. K-Style are the most common gutter installed on homes today.

 

Gutter Materials

Residential gutters are made from various metals, including:

 

Seamless GuttersAluminum Gutters

  • Most widely used material
  • Lightweight
  • Won’t rust
  • .032- or .027-gauge thickness recommended for long-lasting duty in regions with snow
  • Comes in various colors and can be painted

 

Copper GuttersCopper

  • Exceptional beauty
  • Won’t rust
  • No need to paint; will develop a patina over time
  • Needs pro installation; seams and joints must be welded
  • Used primarily on high-end residences and historic restorations

 

Seamless AluminumSeamless Gutters

Seamless (or continuous) gutters are made at the job site. A truck with a spool of flat aluminum pulls up to your home, and the fabricator uses a gutter-forming machine to custom make whatever gutter length is required.  About 70% of all gutter installations are the seamless type. Installing seamless gutters: Eliminates many seams and reduces chances of leaks and costs slightly more than regular aluminum gutters

 

 

Vinyl GuttersVinyl

  • Lightweight and inexpensive
  • Not many colors to choose from
  • Color susceptible to fading from UV sunlight
  • May crack in severe cold
  • Won’t support ladders placed against them

 

Zinc GuttersZinc

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • No need to paint; will develop a patina over time
  • Needs pro installation; seams and joints must be welded
  • Used primarily on high-end residences and historic restorations
  • Expensive

 

Downspouts

Downspouts come as either round or square, in widths from 3 to 6 inches. The most common sizes are rectangular:

  • 2 inches by 3 inches
  • 3 inches by 4 inches

The size and number of downspouts you’ll need depends on the capacity of your system.

Rule of thumb: You need one downspout for about every 30 to 40 linear feet of gutter. To increase the capacity of your gutter system, add more downspouts.