K-style gutters blend effortlessly with different home styles, making them a popular choice. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, they also provide great protection to your exterior and foundation by diverting rainwater away from the house.
The Development of Seamless Gutters
Metal gutters were introduced into the market in the early twentieth century. They became the leading choice in the industry, replacing wooden gutters. At that time, most metal gutters were crafted into a half-round profile. The machines used for manufacturing were huge, heavy and expensive so most gutters were created in factories.
In the 1970s, portable and lightweight gutter machines were introduced. They allowed contractors to produce the gutters on site. These machines can be carried on trailers and brought from one home to another. K-style gutters started being offered at this time.
Seamless gutters have continuous pieces, created from a portable gutter machine in the exact size needed for every area of your home. With K-style gutters, your system is less prone to leaking and weakening. Sectional gutters tend to sag at the seams, which can eventually lead to leaks.
Why These Seamless Gutters Are Called “K-Style”
Most information you will find online says that K-style gutters got their name from the physical resemblance to the letter “K.” Actually, this gutter shape is listed as the eleventh most common types of rectangular gutter profiles by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA). The letter “K” is the eleventh letter in the alphabet that’s why it’s named “K-style.”
At times, K-style gutters are also called an “ogee” gutter as it looks similar to crown molding. It’s an expression referring to architectural design that has a dual curve with an extended ‘S” contour.
Make sure to hire a reliable contractor for your gutter installation and protection. At Seamless Exterior, we are your leading provider of gutters, replacement windows and siding. Call us at (319) 243-3600, or complete our online form to learn more about our services. We work with homeowners in Waterloo, IA.