Since the arrival of the seamless gutter machine over 40 years ago, k style gutters have grown to account for over 80% of the gutters installed today. With lower labor costs as well as lower material costs, it’s easy to see why seamless k style gutters have become so popular.

As the nation’s most popular gutter profile, the K-style accounts for nearly 80% of the gutters installed today.  Homeowners and contractors alike prefer this gutter option for its easy installation and durability.  With its stylish look, the K-style gutter is also one of the most attractive choices on the market today.  What makes this profile so popular?  Read on to learn more about the advantages of K-style gutters.

Why are they called K-Style Gutters?
This type of gutter is named “K-style” because of the shape it makes when looked at from a side profile.  Resembling the letter “K”, these gutters curve out on both the top and bottom rather than being perfectly round like more traditional gutters.  Many homeowners prefer this curvier profile as it closely mimics the look of crown molding, a popular fixture in interior design.  You may also hear these gutters called “ogee gutters.”  The word ogee is an architectural term meaning double arc or curve and typically refers to a more “S” shaped profile which, oddly enough, is also very similar to the K-style gutter.

Benefits of K-Style Gutter
There are many benefits to installing a K-style gutter system including:

– Provides a seamless finish making it less prone to leaks
– Can hold more water than a rounded style gutter
– Offers a stylish appearance for the home’s exterior
– Less likely to bend or protrude when impacted by force
– Strong and durable
– Can be easily found in many materials and sizes
– Many contractors have the machinery to make K Style gutters at the jobsite, providing longer lengths and ultimately less seams.
– Because this style has a flat back, the gutter hangers can be screwed directly to the fascia board

A poorly designed or improperly installed gutter downspout may trap debris, particularly at the entry or exit points, blocking the natural flow of water and causing water to dam in the gutter – and trap more debris. The result is the clogging of the gutter that is often blamed on leaves and twigs.

Allow the insides of the gutters to dry out, and brush leakingseams clean. Apply silicone or special gutter caulking compound along the seams on the inside and outside to seal the leaks, as shown above. Patch small holes with roofing cement. Use a putty knife to spread the cement generously around the hole.

Watch for these signs that you need new gutters to know when the time for gutter replacement is getting near.
  1. Cracks and Splits. …
  2. Peeling Paint. …
  3. Orange Areas or Rust. …
  4. Water and Mildew around the Foundation. …
  5. Water Damage around or beneath the Gutters. …
  6. Sagging Gutters. …
  • Roof Damage. …
  • Wood Fascia Damage. …
  • Damage to Walls, Windows, Doors and Patios. …
  • Damage to Foundations and Landscaping. …
  • Slip and Fall.

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