Types of Gutter Styles

If you’ve been thinking about buying new gutters for your home, one of the things you will need to consider is the various types of gutters available. Gutter profiles such as K-style gutters, half-round gutters, crown mould gutters or two step gutters can add or subtract from the overall look you are trying to achieve. The right gutter style can add that certain wow factor to your home.

K-Style Gutters

K-style gutters, also know as colonial or ogee gutters, first made their appearance in the 1950s. The most popular gutter profile in North America, it is estimated that approximately 85% of homes have K-style gutters. The name is derived from the shape of the gutter, which resembles the letter “K”, as it’s viewed from the side. In profile, it starts from the bottom of the gutter with a short straight line, followed by a double curve (left then right) and completed by another short straight line. As with other types of gutters, the most common sizes of K-style gutters are 5-inch and 6-inch. However because of their shape, K-style gutters can handle more water than other gutter profiles of the same size.

Half-Round Gutters

Because of their simple shape and the fact that they could be made with basic tools, half-round gutters can be found on many historic or heritage homes. Even though K-style gutters tend to be the industry standard, half-round gutters are an accepted alternative for homeowners who want something different. Half-round gutters are available in a number of materials including aluminum, copper and steel. Because this gutter profile consists of a smooth, simple curve, half-round gutters can add a classic flair to your home.

Fascia Gutters

Fascia gutters have the appearance of fascia and are generally installed on residential, commercial and industrial buildings where fascia board has not been installed or to replace the need for fascia board. Fascia gutters come in a number of fascia profiles including crown mold, two step and flat face.

Crown Mold Gutters

A type of fascia gutter, crown mould gutters are the “flattened” version of K-style or colonial gutters. Instead of curved lines, they are straight, lending this gutter profile an angular appearance, while still retaining the look of crown moulding used on interior walls/ceilings. Crown mould gutters are typically mounted to the fascia or the rafter tails.