K style gutters blend in so well with most homes that you may barely even notice them at times. Ever since seamless gutter machines first debuted nearly 40 years ago, cut and drop gutters became all the rage in this style. In fact, approximately 80 plus percent of all gutters you will ever see on homes all over America will have the ever popular 5 inch k style gutter.
As a regional seamless gutter contractor here in New England, this is what we typically recommend to most homeowners. Compared to half-round gutters, K style gutters hold a greater volume of water and have more general durability due to their K shape. The only drawbacks about this type of gutter might be that their sharp edges are more likely to catch or accumulate debris and they are slightly more difficult to clean by hand.
K gutters are most often made of aluminum although it’s not unusual to find them in materials like vinyl, copper, and galvanized steel from time to time.
Most people aren’t familiar with the term K style gutter even though they are the most widely-used gutters in the U.S. The shape of this type somewhat mirrors that of the letter “K” thus, K style. Of course some might argue this nomenclature, it is true however, that they somewhat resemble the stylish crown molding. Home builders tend to select the style for contemparary homes both for their ability to blend in and their over all job efficiency.
Are you looking to have new gutters installed at your home or business? AmeriGutter Seamless Gutters & gutter guards has been installing seamless gutters and gutter guards around New England for the last 25 years. We offer an assortment of colors for those looking for something slightly out of the ordinary and also install the best gutter guards on the market today, Gutterglove Pro. So, put your mind at ease by trusting us to replace or repair your gutters OR save yourself the money, hassle and risk of gutter cleaning by getting gutter guards this season.
How Much Does It Cost To Have Gutters Replaced?M Goodson2020-01-23T06:33:40+00:00
The 3 prominent factors to consider are house size, material used (ex. copper vs. aluminum) and sectional vs. seamless kinds.
Prices can range anywhere between $5 and up to $30 per foot. It varies as a function of materials used for the gutters. For example, sturdy, high-quality copper gutters will meet the high end of the price range compared to vinyl, galvanized and aluminum gutters.
Additionally seamless gutters are more expensive than sectional gutters due to the fact that they require less maintenance and don’t leak nearly as much as sectional types.
Do I Really Need To Have Gutters On My House?M Goodson2020-01-22T22:37:14+00:00
Dry areas that don’t get seasonal rain may be able to go without, however, most homes do need gutters. Gutters prevent damage to your home’s foundation, sidewalks, and interior as they channel thousands of gallons of water off of your roof.
Without gutters you’ll eventually be looking at a soil erosion situation and/or damage to your mulch and garden beds.
Soil erosion can cause your foundation to settle resulting in uneven floors and cracked walls and chimnies.
What Are The Best Type Of Gutters?M Goodson2020-01-23T05:12:15+00:00
Of course this isn’t an easy question but if popularity is a good indicator of “best” then we recommend the 5″ aluminum K style gutter. In most cases this product is sufficient to do the job and is the industry standard. Paired with micro-mesh gutter guards this product provides very reliable protection.
How Often Do You Need To Clean Your Gutters?M Goodson2020-01-23T05:38:58+00:00
Before answering this question let’s look at the most common problems that occur when gutters don’t get cleaned.
Loose gutters are the result of rotted leaves, debris and small twigs accumulating weight and pulling at the system, potentially damaging your trim or siding.
Ice dams are formed when gutters become clogged and water flows over the gutter and freezes. This can cause catastrophic damage when the water begins to thaw and travel to the inside of your home. Having ice dams steamed off is a much worse investment than just having a high quality heated gutter guard installed by a local professional.
Pests like rodents, ants and mosquitoes find debris ridden gutters to be welcoming habitat. With the continued uptick in cases of mosquito transmitted viruses such as EEE and West Nile virus, homeowners would do well to utilize a micro-mesh gutter guard that completely prevents pests and all debris from entering gutters in the first place.
Given these issues, one has to consider their environment and tend to cleaning accordingly. It is advisable to clean your gutters at least bi-annually.
Do Any Gutter Guards Actually Work?M Goodson2020-01-23T05:50:57+00:00
We only recommend Gutterglove Pro gutter guards and Gutterglove Icebreaker as a heated gutter guard. They work fantastically well, are super strong and have micro-mesh holes only 550 microns wide. They also fit on any gutter.
Are Gutter Guards Worth The Cost?M Goodson2020-12-31T20:30:00+00:00
Absolutely . . . depending on which gutter guards you have installed. Many gutter guard types sold at big box stores barely suffice as a break even investment due to their poor design and quality.
If a homeowner has their gutters cleaned twice a year at $150 per cleaning, they will have paid $3000 over a decade and have little to show for the money spent. Having the best gutter guards installed however, eliminates gutter cleaning entirely and often last for the life of your gutter, easily recouping your investment.