Different Types of Gutters

Interested in different types of gutters?  Well, the Us Rain Gutter Institute was formed with the intent of informing the American consumer on the matter of their rain gutter options.  So what better authority to turn to in explaining the various materials and designs that gutters can come in? We’ve dug up a post by The Institute that runs down most of the various kinds of rain gutters, and what makes them distinct.  We learned a few things, and we think you might too!

Different Types of Gutter Systems

US Raingutter Website

This post touches on a pretty wide variety, and you can get some great preliminary information about gutters that you either have on your home already, or are considering.  Check out the styles it reviews:

 Fascia Style gutter, Different Types of Gutters

Old Fascia Style gutter, Different Types of Gutters

  • Wood
  • Copper
  • Steel
  • Vinyl
  • Half-Round
  • Integral Gutters
  • Box Gutters
  • Fascia Gutters

Here are a few things that we took away.


Steel gutters are strong as they come!

This material can stand up to ladders better than their aluminum counterparts, and maybe even fallen branches!  If you’ve got a lot of trees around your home, this might be an option for you.  But the downside is that steel gutters will eventually rust through if they’re not painted, inside and out.  If you want to live around greenery, you’ve got to pay the price of upkeep!

Copper is handsome and functional.

But it’s usually reserved for classic restorations because of the expense.  It might be worth the money, because copper won’t rust out.  But it will oxidize, which turns the whole system green unless it’s treated.  Just apply some sealant, though, and your gutters will stay bright and shiny for years.

The fascia gutter is native to the western states.

This system is often fixed to the ends of rafters, often standing in for the fascia board—or sometimes, just affixed to it.  They’re most commonly used in the western states—and who would know how to deal with rain better than a Seattleite?

Other names for this style of gutter are: Built up gutters, California Style gutters, Torchdown Gutters, or interior gutters.

There are many different types of gutters in Woodinville and Bellevue Washington.  Call Premier Home Repairs to find which gutter style is best for you and your home!