Gutters come in several shapes and sizes, known as profiles. Among the most common profiles are U, or semicircular, shapes and K configurations, where the front of the gutter resembles the letter K when viewed from the side.
The K-style gutters look like crown molding and are also referred to as “ogee” gutters. K-style gutters are by far the most popular in the US can exist in a multitude of materials. Residential gutters are normally available in either a 5 or 6 inch. The 5-inch K configured gutter includes a 2×3 inch downspout. A larger, 6-inch, K-style gutter comes with a 3×4 inch downspout. One single foot of a 5-inch, K-style gutter is able to accommodate 1.2 gallons of water, where the 6-inch can hold 2 liters.
Half-round, or U shaped, gutters are just plain classic. They adorn historic architecture. Copper is a popular choice where half-round gutters are concerned, but the shape can also be found in aluminum. These gutters have a smaller trough, and therefore, smaller water capacity.
When it comes to box gutters, or square gutters, these are another type of rain gutter similar to that of a K-gutter in regards to their deep, wide troughs; however, they lack the decorative contours of the K-style. Instead, they resemble ancient Greek and Roman cornices as they used to unobtrusively sit inside flat-roofed buildings. This is a great option if you aren’t looking for an exposed, visually pleasing gutter.
So how do you determine which gutters will be best for your home? Think about how much rain you get. Since we get a lot of rain in South Florida, a larger sized gutter would be best. In other areas of the country where they get a lot of snow and ice, a larger sized gutter will accumulate more, making the gutter too heavy, which will make it pull away from the house or sag.
POSTED ON January 24, 2017 // 0 COMMENTS
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