Popular Gutter Styles and Materials 

Gutters

If you are reading this, chances are, you have discovered that you are in need of a new gutter system for your home.

Common signs that it is time for gutter replacement include sagging and/or pulling away, breaks in the seam, cracks, discoloration, rust, peeling paint, missing nails, or the development of foundation issues with the home.

Failure to replace a failing gutter system could result in many complications with your home. This includes structural damage, foundation problems, basement flooding, and even soil erosion.

In this brief guide, we will share with you the most popular gutter styles and materials. That way, when shopping for a new system, you will know what is available. 

Gutter Styles 

For homes, there are two main types of gutter styles. These include k-style and half-round. The most common – especially with newer homes – are the k-style gutters. These look like crown molding. They are designed to curve out along the bottom and the top.

This is a very strong system that is designed to handle massive amounts of moisture. Half-round gutter styles are designed like tubes that are cut in half along the length. These are easy to clean and are most commonly found on older homes.

When selecting gutter styles, it is important to consider choosing those that have a leaf-free gutter guard to avoid clogs. 

Gutter Materials 

Once you have determined which of the gutter styles is best suited for your needs, you need to consider the material of the system. The most popular options are aluminum, vinyl, and galvanized style. Below, you will find s brief description of each:

  1. Aluminum – By far, aluminum is the most popular material when it comes to residential gutter systems. This is an extremely lightweight material that does not rust. Aluminum is a highly durable material that has the capability of withstanding harsh weather. 
  2. Vinyl – Vinyl is also a lightweight material, but could crack when exposed to extreme cold. In wet environments, gutter styles composed of vinyl last about a decade. In dry, warmer climates, this material can last for several decades. 
  3. Galvanized Steel – This is a highly durable but rather expensive material. While popular, gutter styles that utilize steel are less popular than those that are composed of aluminum and vinyl. 

Steps to Extending Life 

There are several steps that you may take to extend the life of your home’s gutter system. This includes cleaning the system at least once every six months. The joints and seams should be sealed using an appropriate sealant material. If you power wash your home, avoid using chemicals that are harsh and could lead to the degradation of your gutters. 

Contact Us Today 

If you are in the market for a new gutter system and have an interest in gutter styles and materials, contact us here at Southern Industries Home Improvements today. We will work closely with you to ensure that you get the right system for your home and the climate in which you reside. Simply call us now at: 1-912-559-4080