Gutter profiles come in two varieties: the angular and more common K-style or “ogee,” and the curved half-round gutters. In today’s post, local gutter and roofing company Up and Above Contractors, LLC shines the spotlight on the less-common gutter option, half-round gutters.
What Are Half-Round Gutters?
Half-round gutters are older than K-style gutters, and are typically found in Colonial-style houses. The U-shaped profile resembles a tube cut in half, which gives the roof edge a more rounded look when viewed from the ground. While half-round gutters are considered the more traditional style, they can be used to “soften” typically angular home styles.
Reasons to Choose Half-Round Gutters
Half-round gutters offer the following features and advantages:
- Aesthetic appeal. Half-round gutters create a curved and softer look. As described above, it can be used to balance angular building aesthetics. If your home style calls for an authentic and traditional look, choose this style.
- Easy to clean. If you clean your own gutters, you’ll appreciate the easier-to-clean half-round gutter troughs. Its rounded profile helps facilitate the flow of water within, resulting in less standing water and fewer pieces of debris left inside.
- More installation options. Half-round gutters are built from multiple sections or extruded for seamless lengths — the same methods used for building K-style gutters. Additionally, you can take the more traditional route and have your half-round gutters built from cast metals — a method that’s unique to this style.
Factors to Consider Before Choosing Half-Round Gutters
There are certain factors that you need to weigh before making your choice.
- Not all gutter contractors offer them. Half-round gutters are not installed the same way as K-style gutters, which is why some gutter contractors only offer K-style gutters. Ask a prospective gutter company for references where they have actually installed half-round gutters.
- They need to be larger than K-style gutters. K-style gutters have inherently higher capacities, which means half-round gutters with the same or similar capacity will have bigger gutter troughs. The increase in material may drive the cost a bit upwards.
Up and Above Contractors, LLC is a trusted home improvement company in Northern New Jersey. Give us a call at (973) 300-0636 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve communities in Sussex, Morris and Warren counties including Andover, Sparta, Hackettstown and Wantage.