Everything You Need To Know About Gutter Styles (2021)

Understanding the different gutter styles and which type makes the most sense for your client’s home is crucial.

Here’s everything you need to know about gutter styles, how to identify them and how to make the best choice.

Half-Round Gutters

Half-round gutters are great at carrying water towards the downspout and are generally on older homes built prior to the 1960s.

Due to the older style of gutter, we recommend installing leaf guards to them.

This is because their curved sides don’t sit firmly against the fascia boards

Additionally, we recommend brackets to help keep this style of gutter in place.

K-Style Gutters

Gutter styles: K-style gutter.

Houses built within the past 50 years usually have K-style gutters — the modern version of the half-round gutter.

Due to its flat back, this style of gutter can be nailed directly to the fascia board instead of being hooked up with brackets. 

On top of that, because of their flat bottoms and straight outwardly angled sides, K-style gutters can carry more water than half-round gutters.

However, they are harder to clean because their inner angles tend to collect debris. 

Custom-Built Fascia Gutters

Gutter style: custom-built fascia.

Unlike the gutters mentioned above, fascia gutters aren’t sold together in sections.

Instead, they are made from one large stretch of aluminum but tend to be a lot pricier than the K-style or half-round gutters.

Depending on the year your client’s home was built and their budget, this could be a suitable option.

If you’re looking for Canadian-made eavestrough and eavestrough products in aluminum, copper or steel — as well as soffit and fascia.  — then check out our product list.

Interested in learning about the proper precautions you should take before you install eavestrough? Check out our Buyer’s Guide for Contractors.