Rain gutters are easy to take for granted. When functioning properly, these simple systems keep rain, ice, and snow from destroying your roof and foundation. Although keeping your gutters clean is extremely important, starting with a high-quality gutter system will save you plenty of time and money in the future. In addition, these accessories can completely transform the look of your home. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best rain gutter systems to help guide your decision.
Best Rain Gutter Systems
Seamless K-Style Gutters
Just by looking around a neighborhood, one could argue that K-style gutters are a common choice. Thanks to their durability, easy installation, and stylish look, contractors and homeowners alike often prefer these types of gutters. They receive their name thanks to their side profile, which resembles the letter K.
Here are some other benefits of K-Style gutters:
- They include a seamless finish that is less prone to leaks.
- They hold more water than round gutters.
- They are available in many types of sizes and materials.
- They can be made on-site and tailored specifically to fit your roof.
- Their flat back allows gutter hangers to be attached directly to a fascia board.
Aluminum is a great go-to choice for gutters. This lightweight material is rustproof and can withstand frigid winter temperatures. You can also paint aluminum gutters to match the aesthetic of your house. One downfall of aluminum is that it is very pliable, meaning you can easily dent aluminum gutters with a ladder while cleaning or even with a stray basketball. To avoid dents, make sure you choose a primary, high-quality aluminum rather than recycled aluminum.
Another popular choice for gutters is vinyl. Just like aluminum gutters, you’ll never have to worry about vinyl gutters rusting. Vinyl gutters are usually not seamless, but they easily snap together. However, if you live in an area that experiences harsh winters, you’ll want to avoid vinyl altogether. This material can crack over time and cause ice dam formation if not properly installed.
Stainless Steel Gutters
Stainless steel gutters come with the same benefits as aluminum and vinyl gutters, but they are much sturdier. However, you’ll need to be willing to shell out a few more dollars for stainless steel gutters, which can add up quickly depending on the square footage of your house. Luckily, stainless steel gutters will last for generations, making them a worthwhile investment.
Copper gutters can add a bit of European charm to your house, and this material compliments historic homes. Copper ages slowly with your home, and just like wine, it gets better with age. After several years of owning a home with copper gutters, you’ll notice a patina develop. Since copper doesn’t rust, you can easily expect a set to last for 50 years. However, copper gutters can cost up to six times more than aluminum gutters, and they are usually made in a round shape. K-style gutters can hold more water than round-style gutters.
Are you in need of a new gutter system? If you live in or near Springfield, Missouri, give GlennStone a call. We can help you find the best rain gutter systems for your house. We install 5- and 6-inch K-style seamless gutters made of aluminum, and we can even emboss a design down the front upon request. Our Seamless Gutter machine allows us to create gutters with precision. For more information or some personalized advice, please give us a call at 417-860-8125, send an e-mail to info@GlennStone.net, or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!