If you’ve been looking around for replacement gutters, you may have come across two types of gutter profiles: K-style and half-round. In this blog, local roof and gutter contractors Wortham Bros discuss the differences between these gutter profiles.
K-style gutters are the most popular gutter profile. This angular gutter profile resembles crown molding when viewed from the ground, and works with nearly every home style. Its box-like profile makes it more efficient in handling high volumes of rainwater. Its standard profile also makes it easier to manufacture than seamless gutters.
Some people have speculated that the term “K-style” refers to the shape of its profile, claiming it is vaguely shaped like the letter K, even though it doesn’t look like that at all. The truth is, the term “K-style” is assigned by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA). This particular gutter profile is 11th in a series, hence, the letter K. Some people also refer to K-style gutters as “ogee,” which refers to the S-shaped outer part of its profile that gives it the appearance of crown moulding.
Half-round gutters feature a simpler, U-shaped (that is, half-round) profile. They’re typically seen on traditional style homes, such as Colonial and Victorian. Roofers and gutter contractors offer half-round gutters with bare metal finishes such as aluminum or copper. While it costs more than standard gutters, many people choose copper half-round gutters because, in addition to creating an authentic look, their looks are enhanced over time when they start developing green patina.
Half-round gutters feature clean lines, making them the ideal choice for homeowners who want a softer, less angular look. The curved insides lets it handle high volumes of rainwater. It also makes it easy to clean. Unlike K-style gutters, half-rounds do not have inside corners that tend to trap dirt and debris. Half-round gutters are also easy to maintain, since most types of half-rounds are made with low-maintenance metals to begin with.
Wortham Bros is your leading provider of gutter and roofing services, and is on everyone’s “good contractors list”. Give us a call at (972) 562-5788 or (512) 336-7745 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Allen, TX, and nearby areas.