The Differences Between Various Types of Gutters in Oklahoma City

The Differences Between Various Types of Gutters in Oklahoma City

November 21, 2019

As you go through the process of selecting new gutters for your home, you might be surprised at just how many options are available to you. Between the kinds of design options and the materials that can be used, it’s understandable why you might be overwhelmed by all of the choices you have in front of you.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the differences that exist between the types of gutters in Oklahoma City:

  • K-style: Of the various types of gutters, the five-inch aluminum K-style gutters are far and away the most popular. These gutters have a unique gutter profile that resembles a decorative crown molding. They’re also occasionally referred to as ogee gutters, a reference to the Roman ogee type of profile on molding and trim. There is not a K shape to these gutters—the name of the gutters is actually a reference to the gutter’s alphabetical listing in the 12 most common types of gutters. It occupies the 11th spot on the list, and K is the 11th letter of the alphabet.
  • Half-round gutters: Half-round gutters, meanwhile, do have a shape that reflects their name. These gutters have a half-circle with the open side facing the roof. However, there’s a good reason why contractors tend to avoid using these gutters when possible. For one thing, they’re only about half as deep as the K-style gutters, which means even slight level problems or small debris buildups could result in the gutter overflowing. In addition, the gutter does not have a flat back, which means there will need to be underside gutter hangers to hold them up instead of hidden hangers.
  • Fascia gutters: On homes that do not have wooden fascia to hide the rafter tails, fascia gutters are used as a sort of replacement. The smooth face of the gutters performs the same function of the fascia boards, hiding the rafter tails. This is a very common type of gutter in the American West, due to the architectural style of some of the buildings in that region.
  • European gutters: European gutters often come in half-round styles, and are designed with naturally weathering materials like copper. These types of gutters have been used for centuries. They are not necessarily a feasible option for all homes, however, because they must complement the architectural style of the home—otherwise, they’ll look severely out of place.

Among these different types of gutters, you’ll also have different options for materials. Far and away the most popular gutter material is aluminum, because it is highly resistant to corrosion, is very lightweight (which makes it easy to work with) and comes in a wide range of stock colors. Perhaps best of all is that it is more affordable than many other types of gutter materials. Still, other materials like galvanized steel, copper, galvalume, zinc and vinyl are available, and each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

For more information about the different types of gutters in Oklahoma City, contact the experts at L & S Seamless Guttering today.

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