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Pros & Cons of Half-Round Gutters

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Most homeowners consider installing half-round gutter systems due to their affordability and decent protection against drainage issues. If you’re considering installing half-round gutters, it’s important to understand the pros and cons so you can know what to expect before you take the plunge and install them. 

Gutters are an investment – one that has a major job of protecting your home from drainage issues. It’s best to be informed before making any decision, so we wanted to share our knowledge of half-round gutters so you can make an informed decision on whether or not half-round gutters are for you. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of half-round gutters to learn if they’re right for your home.

 

Pros of Half-round Gutters

 

Affordability

Many homeowners choose to install half-round gutters on their homes due to their affordability. The cost to install a half-round gutter system varies by region and the company you choose to hire, however, half-round gutters are usually one of the most affordable options especially if they have seams. They’re cheaper than most other styles of gutters, therefore homeowners often choose to install them. 

 

Easy to Clean

Another pro to half-round gutter systems is that they are easy to clean. Though it doesn’t require many materials and experience to clean half-round gutters, it does require a lot of time and can be a dangerous task. More on that later.

 

Cons of Half-round Gutters

 

Clogs

Unfortunately, half-round gutter systems are very easily prone to clogs. Because the top of the gutter is completely exposed, debris like leaves, twigs, dirt, and silt have an easy place to land and collect. Half-round gutters will inevitably clog if they’re not cleaned often. Half-round gutters may clog easier if a home is surrounded by trees, especially if they are close to the roof. Homeowners should deep clean half-round gutters at least two times per year, more if the home is surrounded by trees.

While cleaning gutters isn’t a difficult task, it’s very time-consuming and requires the use of a ladder. If you’re uncomfortable using a ladder and don’t want to deal with the hassle of cleaning your gutters multiple times per year, half-round gutters may not be the right option for you. You can always opt to hire a professional gutter cleaning service, but that takes planning and is an ongoing additional expense.

 

Prone to Leaks, Overflowing, etc.

Debris in a gutter system builds up over time, resulting in clogs. Clogs impede water flow, forcing any meltwater and stormwater to pour over the gutters and onto the side of the home. Gutters that have clogs and water that’s unable to flow freely through the gutters will also sag due to heavy accumulated water resulting in leaks.

 

Limited Protection

Half-round gutters are exactly that – a rounded gutter with a completely exposed top. This means the gutter can’t hold nearly as much water as a gutter guard, especially when compared to the K-Guard System (more on that later). Due to their smaller gutters and downspouts, they offer limited protection against heavy rainfall, snowfall, and meltwater. Whether you live in Kansas City, Overland Park, or Shawnee, you know that we often experience heavy downpours year-round, more so during our rainy season. Homeowners in our area need a gutter system that can withstand all types of weather and handle large amounts of rain.

 

If you’re considering installing a half-round gutter system, think twice and consider a complete system that offers superior protection against drainage issues. Our gutter product offers unmatched protection, handling a minimum of 22 inches of rain per hour. K-Guard is a full system that has many components that work together to offer excellent protection; from our extremely durable aluminum to our curved hood that blocks debris and our oversized gutters and downspouts, no other gutter system can match the performance of K-Guard. 

K-Guard is so durable that we offer three-lifetime warranties that includes a lifetime paint, no-pull away, and no-clog warranty. K-Guard is guaranteed transferable for the life of the home, so you know it’s of the utmost quality. Installing half-round gutters means constantly having to clean the gutters, whereas with K-Guard you’ll never have to clean them again!

Contact our team today or call (913) 380-1616 to schedule your free estimate. We’ll examine your current gutter system and offer an assessment and our recommendations for installing the K-Guard System on your home. We offer our gutter installation service to homeowners across both Missouri and Kansas including, but not limited to, the following locations:

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