Are you planning on replacing your current gutter system this year? If you’re going to choose which style would best fit your home’s exteriors, we recommend going for K-style. As one of the most popular styles in the market, they’ve been around in most residential roofing systems and the industry for around 40 to 50 years. But what makes them so popular?
K-Style Gutter Origins
The first gutters were made from wood and were carved into different sizes and profiles. This was a long and tedious process, but by the early twentieth century, the invention of roll-forming machines made it easy to make gutters from metal materials. As soon as they were introduced to the market, metal gutters soon replaced their wooden counterparts as one of the most popular materials in the roofing industry!
By the mid-twentieth century, metal gutters that were installed in residential roofs were mostly half-round profiles. They were popular until the 1970s came when portable and lightweight rolling machines were introduced into the industry. These birthed different types of gutter profiles, including K-style.
Finding a K-style Gutters Profile That Suits You
Although K-style gutters come in many different sizes, such as 5 inch, 6 inch, 7 inch and 8 inch, you’ll find most homes that have this type of system are sized either 5 inch or 6 inch. They also come in different colors, making it easy to find one that can blend with your home’s exterior and enhance its visual appeal. They must be installed by an experienced roofing contractor to ensure they catch the water runoff and redirect it safely down the drain.
If you’re looking to install K-style gutters on your roof, you’ll have different metals to choose from. Some of the most popular materials include:
- Aluminum – As one of the most popular choices for K-style gutters, it’s lightweight and corrosion-resistant, making it easy to work with. It’s also one of the most affordable compared to other metal gutters.
- Copper – This material is slightly more durable than aluminum, but also more expensive. Copper gutters can give off a classic visual appeal that can make a roof stand out even at a distance.
- Galvalume – This is more durable than aluminum and copper as it’s made from steel coated with aluminum and zinc. And because of its durability and reliability, the material is typically used for warehouses, factories, buildings and other commercial properties.
As one of the best gutter and roof repair contractors in the area, GO Construction Services, LLC always gets the job done right! Call us today at (717) 854-1573, or fill out our convenient contact form.