If you are looking to replace or install new gutters on your home, you will have to decide on a gutter style. Half round gutters are a style of gutters that are common on older home architecture – since the more modern K-style gutter was not invented until the mid 1940s. Although K-style gutters are much more widely used today, half round gutters are still used quite often on historic homes and many different styles of classic residential architecture. Homeowners looking for a unique home exterior might also find interest in half round gutters.
This comprehensive guide to half round gutters will help you better understand how this gutter style works, its costs, benefits, durability and many more important factors. When you are ready to begin your gutter replacement or installation job, Modernize can connect you with licensed, trustworthy gutter contractors in your area.
What are Half Round Gutters?
While K-style gutters can be found in suburban tract homes throughout America, discerning homeowners and those who own homes built in classic architectural styles often prefer the look of half round gutters.
Half round gutters are shaped like a tube that’s been cut in two. Imagine a half circle with the rounded part facing the ground and the open side pointing to the sky. This gutter style typically has a flat back that attaches to your home’s fascia and a decorative beaded profile on the front side for a bit of added flair.
Homeowners may prefer these gutters because of their attractive appearance and how they work well with classic architectures
Come in steel, copper, aluminum, and vinyl
Hold less rainwater than k-style gutters
Like any other type of gutter, half round gutters are installed on key parts of your home’s roofline to transport water off the roof and away from the foundation.
A few of the many classical architectural styles where half round gutters are the preferred profile option include Art Deco, Victorian, Tudor, Colonial, Tuscany, Cape Cod, Georgian, Craftsman and many types of upscale ranch-style homes. This gutter style also pairs well with homes that are built from brick or natural stone.
Benefits of Half Round Gutters
Half round gutters have a few benefits that cannot be found in other gutter profile styles:
- Moves rainwater faster. The round shape and smooth interior transports water quicker than k-style gutters.
- Less corrosion over time. The shape can also help prevent weather-related damage – such as rust and corrosion – since water tends to flow completely out of the gutter trough.
- Low maintenance. They are much easier to clean and de-clog than K-style gutters. Half round gutters do not easily collect leaves and twigs from trees.
There can be a few drawbacks when choosing this type of gutter, though. These gutters are not as prevalent as K-style gutters, so it may be a bit harder to source this material from contractors. Installation also is a bit more difficult, which can raise the cost of installing new half round gutters. Lastly, half round gutters are not as deep as K-style gutters, so the same gutter width holds less rainwater.
Half Round Gutters Dimensions and Rainwater Capacity
Half round gutters, like other gutter profiles, are made in widths ranging from 4” to 8.” However, 6-inch wide half round gutters are the most common size since they are more than capable of handling stormwater in most climates. However, some homes in drier climates may only require 5-inch half round gutters.
Every home will have a different gutter sizing requirement that is determined by the pitch of the roof, square footage of the roof that needs to be drained, and the historical maximum rainfall intensity (inches per hour) for a particular region. An undersized gutter will overflow the trough and could lead to water spilling against your home’s foundation. A licensed roofing or gutter installation contractor can help you identify the perfect size of gutter for your home.
Half round gutters can be used in cities that historically receive a great amount of rainfall – Memphis, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Seattle – provided the maximum rainfall intensity is moderate. Homeowners in Gulf Coast cities and other hurricane-prone areas that have experienced catastrophic record rainfall might want to consider k-style gutters, which can accommodate more water.
Durability and Lifespan
Material choices for half round gutter troughs, downspouts, end caps, hangers and other components include aluminum, galvanized steel, galvalume, vinyl, as well as copper for high-end custom homes. These materials have different properties that play into the gutter’s overall lifespan and durability.
The chart below shows some guidelines on expected lifespan for half round gutters based on choice of materials.
|Half Round Gutter Material||Average Lifespan||Average Cost per Linear ft.|
|Vinyl||Up to 20 years||$7|
|Aluminum||20 - 30 years||$11.69|
|Galvanized steel||20 - 40 years||$8.39|
There are many factors that can affect your gutter’s durability, though. Salty coastal air is much more corrosive on metal gutters than the air in temperate inland climates. Regular maintenance to keep your gutters free of debris – so that water never sits in the gutter trough – can also help extend the lifespan of your gutters.
Half Round Gutters Installation Cost
The national average for new half round gutters is just over $13 per linear foot, but costs can range from $9.25 to $16.90 per linear foot. To put this into perspective, the cost to install half round gutters on a 2,000 square foot home would be between $1,850 and $3,380 on average.
Keep in mind that this number is just for the gutter trough. It does not take into account all the hardware and additional components that are required to install a complete gutter system. Installation costs for new half round gutters will vary depending on where you live, your choice of materials, number of corners, downspouts, end caps and other accessories, and your contractor’s labor rates. Your house itself also could affect gutter installation costs.
For example, it is much harder to hang gutters on a three-story custom home than a single-story tract home on a flat lot. A licensed gutter contractor can walk you through these many variables and provide you with a project estimate. Modernize has some handy data on estimated costs to help homeowners create a reliable budget for new half round gutters.
Materials are a huge factor in gutter costs. Aluminum gutters are less expensive than galvanized steel gutters, and half round copper gutters are the costliest gutters on the market. Downspouts, gutter guards, splash guards and other important accessories also will bump up the overall price of your new gutters, but they are necessary components of a complete gutter system.
K-Style vs. Half Round Gutters
There are some major differences between k-style gutters vs. half round gutters to be aware of. K-style gutters are the most popular type of gutter profile used in the U.S.
The design of K-style gutters gives it unmatched strength and rigidity, which helps extend the gutter’s longevity. There are also a few other noteworthy differences.
Professional Gutter Installation
Installing half round gutters requires a high degree of technical expertise that is beyond most homeowners’ reach. It is best to leave the job to licensed gutter contractors who can ensure the job is done safely and correctly. Although hanging the gutters themselves might seem easy for skilled do-it-yourselfers, a complete gutter system requires downspouts at regular intervals, corners, end caps, and even gutter guards to ensure the entire system functions properly.
Modernize connects homeowners with licensed professional gutter experts in their area. Before you begin calling contractors and getting quotes, use our handy Contractor Checklist to help you know what to look for, so you can select the right company for your gutter installation or replacement project.