Of all the different gutter types available around the world, K-style gutters are by far the most popular in most of the US and Canada. They have an efficient design, they are easy enough to install, and they come in various materials that allow you to stay on a budget without sacrificing aesthetics. If you’re going to install K-style gutters on your home, the information below will be incredibly useful.
Why People Prefer K-Style Gutters
There are a few different reasons why 98% of the homes in the US are fitted with K-style gutters as opposed to other options like half-round. These gutters are designed to be flat at the area where they fit up against your house and rounded at the part facing away, which provides a classic aesthetic appearance much like crown molding. This design is also quite efficient since it allows for plenty of flow; depending on the size, these gutters can carry a great deal of water and safely move it away from your home. They are generally regarded as more durable and easier to install and maintain than other gutter types, so for most homeowners who need new gutters, K-style is the most sensible choice.
You Will Need the Right Accessories
For many people, buying gutter accessories seems simple enough until it comes down to making decisions. It’s important to be aware that K-style gutters come in many different sizes and each of these calls for its own unique accessories. Though not all accessories must be sized to match the gutters, others certainly do, and if you’re ordering these supplies online, it can be frustrating when the products you ordered simply will not work. Rather than putting your project off, do a little research about the gutters you need. Most homes have either 5” or 6” K-style gutters with 5” being the most popular.
Once you know what size your gutters will need to be (and there are worksheets online to help you calculate this), make sure that the accessories you buy – including things like clips, elbows, downspouts, and more – were designed to work specifically with that size. It’ll save you time and frustration, and it will allow you to get the project done more quickly, too.
General Installation Tips
If you’ve opted to install your own gutters, then you made the right choice with the K-style. They are among the easiest for do-it-yourselfers, and with some attention to detail, there’s very little that can go wrong. Following these general installation tips will help things go a little more smoothly, too.
- Plan Before You Hang – Before you get started pulling down your old gutters, be sure that you take the time to plan your project from start to finish. For example, make sure you have enough gutter to complete the task, know where your downspouts and drops will go, and make sure those center drops are not near windows or doors.
- Do What You Can on the Ground – No matter how careful you are, there’s always some inherent risk of working on the roof. To reduce your risk, do as much of the project as you can from the ground. You can go ahead and put the caps on the gutter, put the downspouts and drops together, and cut any miters that you’ll need to provide the proper fit at corners.
- Pitch is Important – Finally, one of the most commonly-overlooked parts of gutter installation is the angle at which the gutters are installed. Of course, you don’t want it to be visibly off-kilter, but you will need a very slight slope to allow water to travel freely to the downspout. Ideally, you will want to incorporate a slope of between half an inch and one full inch every 40 feet, which is an angle of less than a single degree.
Gutter installation is not inherently difficult, but it can be tedious, and it is not without risk. If you feel confident enough to do it yourself, be sure that you take the time to study installation guides carefully and stay safe when working on a ladder or roof. Otherwise, there are many outstanding professionals who have years of expertise, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them for a quote.