Contemporary Gutters — as the name suggests, is a modern profile that looks like a hybrid of traditional K-Style Gutters and Box Gutters. They feature a straight, smooth face.
They offer a breath of fresh air from the traditional k-style profiles that have been used on homes for decades, without going ultra-modern like some of the half-round, box, and Euro-box gutter styles. A perfect middle ground.
Today, you can install contemporary gutters in nearly all the same colors (and material types – like copper) as other gutter profiles.
We produce and install contemporary gutters for residential homes and commercial structures in Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee, and Greater Nashville.
Contemporary Gutter Installations
They are currently available in the following standard sizes:
- Residential: 6″
- Commercial: 6″
- Industrial: 6″
We will review colors and materials with you, along with downspouts, elbows, hangers, end caps, outlets, and any other gutter accessories needed to make your system visually stunning and functionally strong.
Please note – All endcaps and miters (corners) are custom-made. Our contemporary gutter systems will also use rivets instead of screw heads for a nice, clean look. Nobody wants to see a bulky screw head sticking out on a smooth product.
What Makes a Gutter “Contemporary”?
What Makes a Gutter “Contemporary”?
The key difference between Contemporary and traditional K-Style or Box is the face of the gutter. It has a 45-degree slope from the base of the lip, which differs from the other profiles. While K-Style features a wavey, curved, or corrugated front, Contemporary features a smooth and straight face.
Another way to look at it – you might look at this similarly to the crown molding used around the cabinetry in your kitchen. Go take a look if you’ve never really looked at it before. The decorative crown molding is the strip of wood (usually wood) that trims the top of where your cabinets meet the ceiling. Newer homes have been moving away from a wavey k-style trim towards straight-face molding – contemporary gutters offer this same concept.
Residential Contemporary Gutters
This is among the most difficult aspects to convey to homeowners.
Since gutters are built into the roofline and fascia, we’re often at the mercy of the quality of the contractors who came before us. Gutters are one of the final additions.
This places more importance on the quality of previous contractors (in the event of a new home build) or how your roofline has been weathering over the years (in the event of a restoration project).
If your roofing, framing, and shingling has any dips, bends, weathering, or bowing, this may impact our ability to install (and may affect the final visual appearance of) your gutters.
Which Metal Types for Contemporary Gutters?
We might consider the architecture of the home or commercial structure, and what visually appeals to you. Each metal type has its merits in certain designs. We will offer advice to guide your decisions in balancing aesthetics, functionality, and the long-term success of your rainwater system.
- Stainless Steel
Metal Gauges & Thicknesses
- Aluminum: .032″ metal
- Copper: 16 oz. or 20 oz.
- Galvalume or Stainless Steel: 24 or 26 gauge
Which Downspouts for Contemporary Gutters?
The vast majority of the time, we pair Contemporary Gutters with Contemporary Downspouts for the complete rainwater system with a consistent look. If we were to use another style other than “contemporary,” we may also consider using round downspouts to complement the modern look. Rectangle or Box downspouts with corrugated or wavey sides don’t pair well.
The decision is always a healthy blend of aesthetics and functionality. Then finish it off by incorporating rain chains into the overall design!
Contemporary Gutter Leaf Guards
Can you put leaf guards on contemporary gutters? Yes.
I’m a proud distributor and installer of OneGutter Guards, a professional-grade product and an industry leader in gutter guard systems that offer leaf guards for all gutter profiles.
Learn more about leaf gutter guards.
K-style gutters have been used so frequently in the past that newer styles, like these contemporary gutters, box gutters, or half-round gutters, are becoming more common. Anything that helps distinguish homes or commercial structures from one another, especially in a competitive housing and property market, can be an advantage to developers.