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When it comes to choosing a new gutter system for a home, most homeowners aren't aware of the many different gutter styles. Deciding on the right gutters has more aspects to consider than just the choice of material. Grand Rapids roofing and gutter professionals can help homeowners determine which style of gutters fits their individual needs the best. However, it's still a good idea for homeowners to have a basic understanding of gutter systems.

If homeowners simply ask a roofing and gutter company to install the most commonly used gutters, they will probably end up with K style gutters. Studies show these make up 80 percent of the gutters installed on modern homes. The name comes from the outer curve of the gutters when they're viewed from the side. Most homeowners prefer this style because it looks like molding for the roof. K style gutters come in a variety of finishes and colors, and they can be made out of many different materials such as copper, steel and aluminum.

Modern European homes have adopted the half round gutter style. Although these gutters are more popular in Europe, they are still used on some homes in the United States. People often like the appearance of half round gutters because they look like the gutters that were used centuries ago.

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Despite half round gutters having a classic look, they don't add the interior molding look that the K style offers. Their biggest advantage is that they are easier to clean and give homes a unique appearance.

Regardless of the style that the homeowners choose, they will also have to pick a downpipe to complete their gutter system. Downpipes come in both round and rectangular shapes. Round downpipes work well with half round style gutters, and rectangular downpipes look best with K style gutters. There isn't much difference between these two styles of downpipes, although rectangular downpipes tend to be capable of handling more water, which makes them a better option in areas that receive a lot of rain.

Both the K style and half round style of gutters have to be cleaned on a regular basis. Otherwise, they can become clogged, which could lead to damage to not only the gutter system but also the roof and foundation of the home. To ensure that the cleaning is done correctly, homeowners should hire a professional to do the job as well as to inspect the gutters for possible repair needs.

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