A white sectional gutter attached to the corner of a home roof.

Types of Gutters for Your Home

Gutters are a crucial component of your roof and can come in several different types. Here are the most popular options you’ll find when shopping around.

Gutter Shapes

Gutters generally come in two shapes:

K-Style

This is the most popular gutter that is found on homes today. They are more structurally sound due to the sturdy corners that line the bottom, and their size allows them to carry more water than half-round usually.

Half-Round

These gutters look like a pipe cut in half. They’re more stylish than that but have rounded bottoms that are very effective at moving water away from your roof.

Gutter Materials

Vinyl

Vinyl gutters have become the top choice among homeowners for several reasons. They are relatively cheap to buy, are easy to install and last a long time. It’s a winning combination for many people. Though homeowners in extreme weather conditions should be careful - vinyl is known to crack under intense cold. Also, low quality or installation can create water flow issues and structural problems.

Aluminum

Aluminum is another popular choice because they are lightweight, cost-effective, and easy to install. They are a step up from vinyl in that they can hold their integrity in all weather climates. A downside is their ability to be misshapen or dented relatively easily.

Steel

Steel gutters are the sturdiest of these gutter options but are less cost-effective. Steel gutters are prone to rust and require maintenance to achieve longevity.

Sectional vs. Seamless

Another factor to consider is the way the gutters are installed. The most common method is sectional, where gutter pieces are hooked up to the house and altered to meet the different roof sizes and elements. They are attached to the roof through hangers and joined together.

Seamless gutters give more color choices, look better, and provide less opportunity for leaks. They attach directly to the fascia and are built to span the entire length of your roof in one piece. These are not a DIY option and will need to be installed by a local roofing company.

Gutter Services Across the Nation

Covering your world one shingle at a time, Lions Gate Inc is your trusted source for roof and gutter repair and installation. Contact us for a free estimate today.

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