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5k and 6k Gutters: Which Size is Right for You?

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

gutter blog5k 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

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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.


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!

Gutter Comparison Guide

Gutters Comparison Guide

When it comes time for new gutters, it can be difficult to know where to start.  Do you want the kind of gutters most of your neighbors have or ones unique for your home?  Do you want to install them yourself or leave that to the professionals?  How often do you want to clean them?  How long do you want them to last?

All of these questions and more can be important to answer.  Like our asphalt shingle comparison guide, we intend to help you answer the most important questions you have about gutters.

K-style vs. Half Round

There are mainly two different styles of gutters: K-style and Half Round.  K-style is most common on new homes and Half Round is most common on traditional homes.

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  • They have high capacity relative to size
  • Easy install due to straight backside
  • Easier to construct seamlessly


  • May drain less efficiently due to angles of sides and bottom
  • May be more prone to corrosion

When to get K-style gutters: You want well-functioning gutters for a reasonable price on a modern style home.

Half Round:


  • They look great on some traditional homes
  • Have a wide variety of aesthetic options
  • Drain more efficiently due to curved walls
  • Go well with round downspouts, which drain well
  • Can come in multiple sizes
  • Less prone to corrosion


  • They aren’t that deep and overflow easily
  • May need to be cleaned out more frequently
  • Require special tools and should be installed professionally
  • Are typically heavier and more expensive than K-style
  • Are harder to construct seamlessly than K-style
  • Larger sizes needed for equivalent performance of K-style

When to get half round gutters: You have a traditional home and want gutters that match the historical or unique look.

Gutter guards:


  • They may reduce the number of times you need to clean your gutters.
  • Block larger objects from entering gutters


  • They increase the costs of gutters
  • Can take some effort to find ones that fit well
  • May need to be removed for each cleaning
  • Do not block smaller objects from entering gutters
  • Can prevent water from entering gutter

When to get gutter guards: Your home gets a lot of larger debris that the guards can deflect, and you prefer less frequent maintenance.

Size:  5″ vs. 6″ (K-style)

5″ gutters are the most common size of gutter, usually on K-style.  While custom sizes do exist, like 7″ or 8″, they are rarely needed.  For Half Round gutters, bump the size up by at least one inch.  Their rounded profiles reduce their capacity per size.

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5″ (K-style):


  • Great for most homes
  • Cheap and lightweight
  • Easier install than 6″ gutters


  • Can overflow in regions prone to storms
  • Harder to clean than 6″ gutters

When to get 5″ gutters:  Your roof is not very large or complex and you don’t experience heavy downpours from storms.  Most homes fall into this category, so if you’re unsure if you have any use for larger gutters, it probably means that you don’t.

6″ (K-style):


  • Can handle up to 50% more water inflow than 5″ gutters
  • Great for large homes or industrial buildings.


  • Fascia board must be mounted properly to handle the extra weight of 6″ gutters full of rainwater
  • More expensive than 5″

When to get 6″ gutters:  Your roof is steep enough, has large enough area per gutter entry point of rainwater, or you live in a stormy area with high downpour density.  The steeper the roof, the more quickly rainwater travels into the gutters.  The longer the travel of rainwater, the greater the volume of rainwater in the gutters.  Homes with a large enough increase may be better off with 6″ gutters instead of 5″.

If you think 5″ K-style gutters might not be large enough for you, then Half Round gutters almost certainly will be too small since their 6″ size holds less volume than 5″ K-style.

Downspouts: 2″x3″ vs. 3″x4″ (K-style)

Where gutters collect rainwater, downspouts drain it.  2″x3″ downspouts are most common and they match with 5″ gutters.  3″x4″ match with 6″ gutters, yet can be installed on 5″ gutters as well.

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2″x3″ (K-style):


  • Low cost
  • Easy install
  • Function well for most homes


  • Can drain too slowly for heavy rain regions

When to get 2″x3″ downspouts: You have 5″ gutters and don’t have any of the previously mentioned issues associated with drainage trouble.  Most homes are in this category.

3″x4″ (K-style):


  • Can solve many drainage problems when applied to 5″ K-style gutters.


  • More expensive
  • Might not be installed properly on 5″ K-style gutters

When to get 3″x4″ downspouts: You have 6″ K-style gutters or drainage issues with 5″ K-style.  Many drainage problems can be solved just by increasing the downspout size (along with increasing the gutter outlet size).  Sometimes increasing the gutter size alone won’t improve drainage since outflow can only be as much as the downspout allows.

Seamless vs. Sectional

Gutters can be installed either piece-by-piece (sectional) or altogether as one piece along the gutter line (seamless).

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  • Less prone to leaks
  • Fewer points of failure
  • Less labor intensive install


  • When damaged, the entire length of that gutter must be replaced
  • Not a do-it-yourself option

When to get seamless gutters: You want better-looking gutters that are robust against damage and leaks, and professionals are handling the installation.



  • A do-it-yourself option
  • Easy to replace a damaged section


  • Propensity to leak at seams
  • Has more points of failure

When to get sectional gutters:  You’re doing it yourself and are willing to replace portions yourself when they leak, bend, or dent.


Gutters can be made out of multiple different types of material.  Each type of material has a unique set of attributes that can make one type fit perfectly for one person yet not another.

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  • Lightweight and have easy-to-install snapping mechanism
  • Cheapest
  • Don’t rust or rot
  • Come in many styles and sizes


  • Become brittle in climates with extreme hots and colds
  • Can bend or collapse from heavy rainfall, snow, or wind
  • Sectional only and prone to leaks
  • Even though they are easy to install, they can also be easy to install improperly, resulting in unnecessary sagging or leaking
  • Shouldn’t place ladders against them
  • Short lifespan (about 20 years)

When to get vinyl gutters:  You live in a year-round mild climate, are on a tight budget, want to install them yourself, and are not too concerned about leaks or needing to replace them at some point down the road.



  • Sectional or seamless
  • Not too costly
  • Don’t rust or rot
  • Can be lightweight and easy to handle


  • Thin and lightweight versions can bend or dent to falling objects or improperly placed ladders
  • Comparable lifespan to vinyl gutters, but can last longer with thicker versions

When to get aluminum gutters: When you want to go low cost without unnecessarily sacrificing quality.  5″ K-style aluminum gutters are popular and well-rounded.



  • Sectional or seamless
  • Some kinds never rust and can have a long lifespan


  • Can be rust-prone if only galvanized
  • Reducing rust propensity with Galvalume increases cost
  • Eliminating rust propensity with stainless steel can get very costly

When to get steel gutters:  You want to go heavy and stainless and know of a good deal or you don’t mind spending a little more for gutters that are better than most.



  • Durable
  • Rustproof
  • Have a neat finished look
  • Longer lasting than most (up to 50 years)


  • Vulnerable to acidic conditions
  • Expensive
  • Should probably be installed professionally

When to get zinc gutters: You don’t want to do-it-yourself, are willing to pay for attractive gutters that last a long time, and there is no risk for them to come in contact with acidic conditions.



  • They don’t rust or peel
  • Can last longer than the Roman Empire (okay, not quite that long)
  • Sectional or seamless


  • Color changes over time
  • Can cause stains
  • The most expensive gutter material

When to get copper gutters: You want to pay enough to never have to replace your gutters, and you are well informed of the unique issues involving copper (like how they change colors and can stain).


There is great variety when it comes to choosing gutters.  They range from cheap to expensive, rustproof to rust-prone, functional in storms to non-functional in storms, and many other factors.  This guide describes the main concerns of each so that you have all the information you need to select the gutters best for you.

Looking for new gutters with your new roof?  Just 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!

Change is Around the Corner

Though here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we specialize in roofing, there is much more to this sector than just shingles. We are entering the fall months and with this transition, comes the necessity for regular gutter cleaning. Without this process, Gutters Chase Construction North West Inc.leaves and debris can accumulate inside the gutter and prevent water from exiting your roof structure. This added weight could eventually lead to damage to your gutters, roof, trim, and siding. To avoid this hassle, there exists gutter guards, a system that promises to keep your gutters leaf-free. Until recently, these systems could easily cost thousands of dollars, but U.S. manufacturer Gutterglove Inc. has made strides to change this.

A Great Innovation in the Gutter World

The company recently announced that it has received a broad patent for its proprietary Gutters Chase Construction North West Inc.V-Bend technology, which allows its’ stainless steel micro mesh gutter guards to be suspended over a gutter without the need of a metal support. With this technology, the gutter guards can be manufactured at a significantly lower cost than competitors offer and the door for global distribution opens. Other such stainless steel micro mesh gutter guards are not mainstream or popular in the industry solely because of the high cost of manufacturing, which was the motivator for CEO and inventor of Gutterglove’s glove covers, Robert Lenney, in this venture. The way this new technology works is analogous to the corrugations in metal roofing materials that give them strength to span roof rafters. In this system, corrugations are put in the stainless steel mesh so they can span gutters without the need for high-cost metal supports. Gutterglove’s innovative solution employs the same tactics. The company’s cutting edge gutter guards have already sprouted in the marketplace and are available at several ABC Supply roofing supply stores in the U.S. CEO, Lenney, hopes for them to be distributed throughout the

entire chain by the end of the summer. Gutterglove is doing its’ part to stimulate the economy by transitioning manufacturing from China to the US over the last few years. All of Gutterglove’s protection systems offer high-performance as they keep leaves, pine needles and tiny roof sand grit out of a rain gutter. We love to read about new innovative products such as these and always try to highlight worthy ones to our customers! As always, call us for all your roofing needs Puget Sound!

About Us

Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we always stay on top of the latest trends and innovations in our industry. We do this in order to be knowledgeable and able to explain all relevant industry news and products to our customers. We have been in business for over 13 years and we specialize in honest communication and quality service. We install all types of roofing on both residential and commercial properties. Call us today Puget Sound! We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services, contact Chase Construction North West Inc. today! fill out our free estimate form or call us at 253-445-8950.

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Are Your Gutters Due for Repairs or A Replacement?

The roof on your home protects you from the elements, but the gutters protect the roofing system from detrimental water damage. Properly functioning gutters not only protect your roof, but also provide a key water management purpose that affects your siding and foundation from undue damage during stormy weather. In the perpetual rain of Washington, it is important to note that rain isn’t dispersed like when it hits your Gutter Chase Construction North West Inc.lawn, but it rather accumulates into a torrent at the edge of your roof. From there, if your gutters are old and not properly maintained, the water flows straight down into the home’s foundation, therefore saturating the soil and contributing to cracks in your foundation, or pools in and around the gutter, both of which cause the wood fascia to rot. 

Signs your gutters may need replacing:

-Water isn’t draining

-Gutters are pulling away from the fascia

-Water is flowing over the sides of the gutters during a rainstorm, rather than flowing through the downspout

Stains, rust or peeling paint on your home’s siding

Water pooling in the grass below the gutters

A typical cause of such problems stems from undetected spike and farrows that have gotten loose or gone missing. These two facets of the gutter system are the traditional gutter fasteners that can cause the gutters to sag and leak if not properly attached. This commonly occurs because the spike and farrow were stuck through the fascia board Gutter Chase Construction North West Inc.instead of through the rafter tails. Attaching the spike and farrow through the fascia board is like putting a nail through a drywall, ineffective and asking for trouble. The solution to such problems is to call a contractor trained and experienced in such dealings and knows the ins and outs of gutter, roof, and foundation systems. Inspect your gutters today and get them repaired or replaced before it is too late Puget Sound!

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For all your roofing needs, call Chase Construction North West Inc. today! We have been in business for over 13 years and we come highly recommended from manufacturers and previous customers. We make sure to stay on top of all training and installation trends so that we can continue to exceed homeowner expectations every single time! Our company has the stamp of approval from GAF, the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, that has awarded us the GAF Master Elite Certificate that only 3% of all roofers hold. Additionally, we are IKO Shield Pro Plus installers meaning we are able to skillfully work with their products as well. Summer is the perfect time for roofing, call us today at 253-445-8950 Puget Sound!! We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services contact Chase Construction North West Inc. today!

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