Gutter Types

A gutter system is an essential part of a roof that extends the life of the roof, maintains the house structure and eliminates problems that would cause by water damage. Most properly installed gutters do their job effectively unless they become clogged. It is always important to keep the gutters clear of debris so that water doesn’t build up on the roof and it cuts down the risk of a fire hazard. Homeowners should properly prepare the house before Middlesex county roofers come to install gutters.

Gutters come in many different materials, sizes, colors and styles, but there are two basic gutter shapes. The K style gutter has a flat bottom and back, and the front side is usually a decorative shape. It is the most popular type used, because the profile of the K style blends in with the modern building trends. With many types of K style to consider, the cost of this type depends greatly on what the base material is.

Half round gutters are shaped like half a tube and are not as common on modern built homes. They were more popular on older, turn of the century homes since they were easy to make using basic tools. The major advantage of half round gutters is their smoother surface reduces the chance of corrosion since there are fewer areas where wetness can pool.

The smooth surface also allows debris to flow freely instead of catching on the edges and makes them easier to clean. However, they are more expensive than their counterparts because they are not as readily available and require special rods and brackets for installation. They also don’t hold as much water and are often heavier since they require more material to support the same weight.

Both gutter styles are available in different sizes, colors and materials. Most of the K style and half round gutters used for homes are 5 inch and 6 inch. The major difference between the two is that the larger size holds more water. Other less common types of gutters, such as the box and square line gutters, come in 7 inch or 8 inch. These gutters are also made from many different types of material. Aluminum is the most widely used as it is lightweight, easy to install and won’t rust. Seamless aluminum gutters can be installed easily on a home. Other gutter materials include copper, zinc, steel, and vinyl or plastic. Each type of material has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, but a professional roofer can help a homeowner decide what is the right choice for a home. The roofers at Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ can answer your questions regarding skylights or new roofs.

Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ defines a common roofers term:


A box gutter is more specifically designed for commercial or industrial buildings. Usually a 7 inch or 8 inch box shaped gutter is built into the roof overhang or the bottom of the roof. It is thicker and can hold large amounts of water.

Question and answer courtesy of Middlesex County roofers Fortified Roofing:

How do seamless aluminum gutters work?

Seamless aluminum gutters are made at the work site. Workers come with a spool of flat aluminum and a gutter forming machine. This machine shapes the aluminum into a gutter of the required length. This saves the crew from having to haul around long gutters. Eliminating seams reduces the chances of leaking, but leaks still can form. These gutters are more costly than regular aluminum gutters.

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