When the topic of gutters for a home comes up, what do you usually think about?
Not much, probably.
You probably think that the only purpose a gutter has is to make sure that your home is not surrounded by water, leaves, or other kinds of undesirable debris that could crowd your home.
While gutters do serve a singular purpose, you should know that there are different types of gutters that are optimal for different homes.
Knowing about these different types of gutters will ensure that you install the right kind of gutter for your home.
If you just install the most popular kinds of gutters or the cheapest kinds of gutters, you will run the risk of having ineffective gutters.
If you are even remotely interested in how the exterior of your house looks and how it is protected against the host of outside elements that could affect the exterior of your home.
Before learning about these types of gutters, it is a good idea to understand what exactly gutters do for your home, how they can be maintained, and why they should be maintained.
The purpose that gutters serve in your home
Gutters do one thing for your home and one thing only, but it is one of the most important functions that it serves for your home.
That purpose is to redirect water away from your home and foundation.
If water happens to enter your home and your foundation, it will damage your foundation to where it can cause serious water damage to your foundation.
If you do not have gutters installed along your roof, water can fall right next to your home which will erode the soil next to it. This can cause a chain reaction where water can actually work its way into the soil and affect the bottom foundation of your home.
Because gutters will direct water towards a drain or other area where water will not affect anything, you’ll be able to stop puddles from forming around your home. Because of this, you will also micromanage flooding.
An interesting thing about gutters is that they are not required to be installed in any given home. They are optional but highly recommended, especially for homes that encounter a lot of rain.
Something that gutters do affect is the overall aesthetic value of your home. This is one reason why knowing what type of gutter to install is a good idea.
If you install gutters in your home that really stand out, it can seriously affect how your home looks while also not doing a perfect job of guiding water to where it needs to go.
Now that you know why you might want to consider installing gutters in your home, you now need to know what types of gutters are the most suitable for your home.
Different Types of Gutter
Standard types of gutters
The first types of gutters that will be explored and analyzed will be standard types of gutters. Being pre-cut, standard gutters can fit most homes and do not require complicated measurements when being cut. This makes standard gutters much easier to install compared to the more complicated types of gutters. The first of these are K-style gutters. These kinds of gutters have flat bottoms and backs, allowing water that pours inside of them to flow very quickly to where it needs to go. You have probably seen K-style gutters before since they are extremely common. Most rental communities have K-style gutters installed, since they are very easy to install yet are very good at what they do.
The front side of k-style gutters also come in decorative shapes, such as curves or ogees. These mimic crown molding, and they do not take away from the overall aesthetic value of a home if they are installed.
If you own a newer home, you’ll be able to install K-style gutters easily because of their simplistic design. In fact, these should be your first choice of gutters if you own a home that is not a century old and you do not want to create and install gutters by yourself.
Half Round Gutters
Half-round gutters are the other commonly found gutters. These kinds of gutters resemble tubes that have been cut in half, and they usually stand out – and not in a good way.
Half-round gutters do not look very impressive, but they accomplish the task of guiding water away from the most crucial parts of your home very well.
This is because the way they are designed. Because they are essentially a tube that has been cut in half, half-round gutters are able to almost funnel water that enters them to where it is focused to go where it needs to go.
K-style gutters do not contain a feature like this. They sacrifice a little bit of function in order to not take away from a home’s appearance.
Half-round gutters do the opposite. They have nothing to offer in terms of appearance but are extremely functional. They are also much easier to clean than k-style gutters.
Is it possible to install half-round gutters onto a newer home? It is, but doing this will seriously negatively affect how the home looks. These half-round gutters will stick out in a very bad way.
It can also be difficult to install half-round gutters on a modern home since they do use a different set of dimensions and different kinds of measurements need to be made in order to install them.
K-style and half-round gutters are not the only types of gutters, however. The crux surrounding types of gutters lies in how comfortable you are with crafting your gutters yourself.
This is where types of gutters get extremely diverse, but there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed if you have made the decision to make your own gutters.
Issues in gutter construction
Consider k-style gutters and half-round gutters “templates” of sorts when it comes to gutters. These types of gutters are made with selected materials and are cut to fit the roof of whatever home you wish to install.
While these types of gutters are good choices if you do not want to spend money on materials or time doing measurements, they do not offer nearly as many options as you would if you created your own gutters.
Making a gutter may appear simple, but it is much more complicated than you think, and this is why the most common types of gutters should be considered.
One of the biggest issues surrounding the process of making your own gutters are the measurements involved. You need to measure how long your roof is so that you can connect the gutters to it, how deep the gutters need to be or how deep they can be, among other things.
It takes a lot of effort to make the proper measurements needed to make your own gutters, and you also have a lot of materials to choose from if you have decided to make your own gutter.
There are nearly half a dozen different materials that you also need to consider if you have made the decision to make your own gutters. Each of these offer different things in terms of function as well as aesthetics.
You will have much more diversity in your gutters if you decide to build them yourself. However, you need to understand that building your own gutters will take a lot of time, money, and effort.
When it comes to types of gutters that are pre-built and ready to install immediately, you really only have two options: k-style and half-round gutters.
The real diversity in types of gutters is in the different kinds of materials that you can use to build your own gutters.
Building your own gutters is the only true way that you can get the most out of any given gutter in terms of what kinds of designs and functions they offer.
In either case, you now have a good idea of what kinds of gutters exist and what they can offer your home.