K-style gutters are the most common style for homes in North America. Their slick look complements modern architecture, and they catch significantly more water than the half-round style. They typically come in two sizes: 5″ or 6″. Both are fantastic gutters, and this article will help you find which size best suits your home.
5k gutters with 2″x3″ downspouts are the most common in North America. They can handle a lot of rainwater and are the perfect style and size for most homes. They’re lightweight and can be installed seamlessly. Of the several different types of material they come in, aluminum is the most popular because of its mix of beauty and durability.
If you’re looking for new gutters, chances are 5k gutters are the right option for you. Most homeowners do not need larger gutters than 5k with the standard 2″x3″ downspouts. However, if you do need larger gutters, 6k is the way to go.
6k gutters are similar to 5k in every way, with the main difference being size. 6k gutters are capable of collecting more water than 5k, and the standard 3″x4″ downspouts for 6k gutters drain faster than 2″x3″ downspouts.
If you have a larger or steeper roof than typical, or if you have a long valley system, 6k gutters may be the best option for you.
A larger roof collects more rainwater and funnels it into the gutters. Steeper roofs also function as larger roofs because rainwater is frequently not vertical, as well as steeper roofs drain rainwater into gutters at a faster rate. A long valley system, where larger portions of the roof drain into it or where multiple valleys drain into a single point, can signify your home is suited for 6k gutters.
Water pouring over the sides of the gutters during a very heavy rainstorm can be a sign that 6k gutters are best for your home. This can also mean that more gutter cleaning is needed, and an added benefit is that 6k gutters are easier to clean.
Frequently, homeowners who switch from shakes to a different style of roofing find that rainwater flows faster off their new roofs. Standing seam metal panels can function like a slide for water that would otherwise trickle on shakes.
5k and 6k gutters are both fantastic options for homes in North America. 5k is the right size for most homes, and 6k is the right size for some homes with larger roofs or longer drainage patterns. Each size is beautiful and fits nicely with modern architecture. Regardless of the type of gutters you choose, one thing is for certain: they put a gorgeous finishing touch on a new roof!
Looking for some beautiful gutters with your new roof? Let us know and we can make it happen! CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. is a leading contractor in the roofing industry of Western Washington, we’re GAF MASTER ELITE® contractors, and we have been installing fantastic roofs since 2002. Give us a call at 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form!