K-style gutters get their name from their profile when they are viewed from the side. Instead of a half-circle, K-style gutters have a short, straight line rising from the bottom of the gutter, then two opposing curves, and another short, straight line. They are also called ogee gutters, which means “double curve.”
K-style gutters are available in a range of sizes. The most common diameters are five and six inches. Seven- and eight-inch and custom sizes are also sold.
Most gutter manufacturers have standardized the K-style profile so that gutter contractors can produce K-style gutters on site with gutter-making machines. Contractors can feed in aluminum sheets that are cut into seamless K-gutters of a chosen length. K-style gutters are also sold in 10-foot sections.
K-style gutters are commonly made with aluminum. They can also be made with other materials, such as vinyl, copper, and galvanized steel.
Homeowners chose K-style gutters instead of rounded gutters for several reasons. K-gutters can hold more water than rounded gutters with the same diameter. Because of their unique shape, K-style gutters are less likely to bend or protrude if they are struck with force. This makes them stronger than rounded gutters, even if they are made with lighter-weight materials.
K-style gutters are also chosen because of their appearance. Their style resembles crown molding that is sometimes found on ceilings inside houses. Builders choose them to blend in with modern architectural styles.
Some disadvantages are that K-style gutters have sharp edges that can catch debris. They are also harder to clean than rounded gutters.
The cost of K-style gutters varies depending on the base material and length. To find out if K-style gutters are right for your home and get an estimate, contact Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors today.