When it comes to installing gutters, our Greenville roofing contractors always try to blend functionality with style. We always recommend gutter types that can handle the regular quantity of rainwater and melted snow in your area and that match the overall design of your roof and home.
Here are the most popular types of gutter systems for residential properties.
1. K-Style Gutters
This has been, without a doubt the most popular gutter model for American homes during the last 50 years. The name comes from the fact that, viewed from one side, the gutters resemble the shape of the letter K.
This specific design allows gutter installation directly on the fascia board, without having to use brackets. Also, these gutters can handle a larger volume of water than other models.
The downside is that the many angles, which make them look decorative, make these gutters more difficult to clean and maintain over time.
2. Half-Round Gutters
Many people imagine this model when they think of gutters. They look like a tube cut in half lengthwise. These gutters are very common on older homes, built before the 1960s. They require brackets for installation and have a very utilitarian look, without any esthetic value.
These older gutter types are also prone to clogging because their open design allows dead leaves and debris to get inside them. For this reason, homeowners who are not ready to change the entire gutter system choose to install leaf guards.
3. Custom Fascia Gutters
If you want to integrate gutters seamlessly into the design of the roof and home, you should opt for custom fascia gutters. They are not sold in standard sections, but built specifically for your home, following the measurements and shape of the fascia.
They are more expensive than other gutter types and must be installed by a professional roofing contractor.
4. Box-Style Gutters
This gutter model is more often seen in commercial and industrial buildings. However, it starts making its way into the residential field, especially for homes with a rugged, industrial design.
Their oversized design of box-style gutters is often preferred by homeowners living in areas with lots of rain, because they can handle a large volume of water.
Recommended Materials for Gutters
When deciding among various gutter types, you must also discuss the desired material with your Greenville roofing contractors. Here are the most commonly used gutter materials:
Aluminum gutters are the most popular choice for homeowners. These gutters are available in three thicknesses: 0.025 inches, 0.027 inches, and 0.032 inches. Our recommendation is to avoid the thinnest and cheapest option because it can dent easily.
The main benefits of aluminum gutters are:
- Rust proof
- Easy to install
- The average lifespan is around 25 years
- Available in many colors and styles to match the roof and fascia.
Vinyl is the most affordable gutter material. It is also preferred by homeowners who choose to DIY install their gutters, as it can be easily cut to size and fit together. Vinyl gutters are also available in many colors and finishes and can be painted if you are not happy with the look.
Vinyl has a slightly shorter lifespan than aluminum – up to 20 years – and can be affected by fading due to bright sunlight. It also becomes brittle and cracks in high temperatures or freezing conditions. On the other side, vinyl gutters do not corrode or rust.
Let us now focus our attention on premium gutter materials, and zinc is the first on the list. Zinc gutters can last up to 50 years and do not rust, warp, or fade. Over time, they develop a beautiful patina, which will enhance the look of your home.
Also, you cannot DIY install these zinc gutters and must hire professionals to do it.
Steel gutters are recommended for areas with severe weather, as they are very strong and can withstand all types of weather. They can also be painted to match the roof and fascia.
However, steel gutters have various downsides you should keep in mind:
- They are very heavy and require careful installation by a professional
- They are prone to oxidation if you choose the more affordable galvanized steel option
- The rust-proof stainless steel option is significantly more expensive.
Experienced Greenville Roofing Contractors Can Help You Choose the Best Gutters!
If you are building or renovating your home, discuss various gutter types with our skilled Greenville roofing contractors. We will help you choose the best design and material based on the design of your home, the climate in your area, and your budget.
We are also ready to help you with professional gutter installation, so call us today at 864-416-4166!