The style and materials that are best for your home depend on your unique expectations, needs, and budget. Home gutter systems can be constructed with several different materials, including, aluminum, vinyl, steel, or copper.
Vinyl is the cheapest option available lasting only 20 years maximum in mild climates. The highest quality gutter systems are generally constructed with copper and can last a lifetime.
K-style gutters are the most common type of system installed in modern homes due to their practical and aesthetic appeal. K-style gutters resemble the shape of the letter K. The back is flat and can be nailed directly to the home fascia board.
These decorative gutters hold more water than half-round gutters, making them suitable for homes in rainy locations. The only downfall for k-style gutters is that they are more prone to collecting debris and can be more difficult to clean.
Half-round gutters were popular in homes built around the mid-20th century. These gutter systems are required to be bracketed to the fascia board to stay in place. These are seen mostly in historic or older neighborhoods.
Seamless gutters are made with one long piece of material and minimal connection points. Seamless gutters are substantially more durable than sectional gutters.