Types of Eavestrough for Your Home

Written by MCM Home Exteriors in Edmonton

Every house has a provision for a water drainage system. An eavestrough is an attachment at the base of the roof acting as a part of the water drainage system installed at the time of the construction. The benefits of having a functioning eavestrough system show during the rainy season. This is also true in the case of fire when sprinklers are used aboard the rafter. There are types of eavestrough that counter odds like fire and rains. Let’s look at the details that make most of the types of eavestrough.

1.    K-style Eavestroughs

The name suggests that this eavestrough is in the shape of the letter “K”. However, this is not true. The name derives itself from the national association that calls it option “K”. The shape resembles a crown moulding that makes it look very attractive. Hence, this is the most popular among the different types of eavestrough. The shape indicates that it is used for adorning purposes of the joinery between a wall and a ceiling. It imitates a decorative cornice. This type of eavestrough is useful when there is heavy rainfall as it can accommodate lots of water or rainwater. Due to its K-style flatness on the inside, it is fastened across the fascia.

2.    Victorian Ogee Eavestroughs

These eavestroughs are old in the making and suit small homes. They are Gothic in style and can’t hold plenty of water. They just cannot be picked up from stores as they consume lots of storage space. They are mostly used in traditional homes. Since they are narrow, they don’t retain much water content and then it is recommended that they are ordered to be tailor-made or custom-made. You need to ensure that the mason or construction contractor makes the eavestrough according to the home structure and framework.

3.    Fascia Eavestroughs

These eavestroughs are installed along the line of the rafter’s bottom-most edges, so they are not utterly conspicuous to the naked eye. They are peculiarly designed to constitute the fascia boards and the eaves at the base of the roof, a two-in-one eavestrough. It will prevent water from overflooding the rafters, and the water will just slide through. It is lodged in such a way that it prevents animals from intruding the home.

4.    Half-round Eavestroughs

These types of eaves are common due to their rounded shape, the shape of a semicircle, where the open half is covered by the roof above it. To hold the eavestrough in position, eavestrough hangers are used that are visible. The hidden hangers are used only for architectural, cosmetic and aesthetic significance. Debris in the eavestrough will make the water to overflow from its open sides, because of its flat back. There are three styles of eavestrough, namely single bead, double bead, and reverse bead. These styles are designed based on the way they appear or according to personal preference. The eavestrough is typical to traditional homes.

5.    European Eavestrough

These eavestrough types are installed the way the European installations gained popularity. They are designed with the bead and the hanger in position to hold it up. Copper European eavestrough has a sheen that makes it attractive. However, the downside is that pests and other insects like to make their home in them. They also are made from durable materials that last through violent storms and soaring temperatures. So, in regions with heat inflation and stormy weather, these types of eavestrough can be an excellent choice.

Now that we have looked at the types of eavestrough based on the function, we will look at the materials in the eavestrough. Here are the main material types.


These eavestrough types are designed by the way they are cut, and they cannot be corroded. They can align with the exterior and colour concepts. They are easy on the eyes and easy on the pocket. They are lightweight and easy to fix.


These eavestrough types are much more expensive than aluminum eavestroughs. Copper eavestrough is not susceptible to mould or mildew. One doesn’t have to bother painting them. The copper of 16 ounces is stronger than most standard aluminum. People invest in copper eavestrough because they can obtain appreciation rights. However, they have a short life compared to other materials.


Zinc eavestrough is more expensive than the aluminum material used for the eavestrough. They don’t need to be painted, and over a period of time, they develop a translucent cover. This cover protects against erosion and corrosion. Hence, zinc plays a pivotal role when there is rainfall. It staves off inclement elements. Standard zinc is made of alloy in 99.5 ounces mixed with an average content of copper and titanium. An eavestrough made from these can be long-lasting and is bound durably twice more than that of aluminum. They have a lot of aesthetic, architectural and cosmetic values, without affecting the exteriors of your home. This is a really feasible option for homeowners.


Vinyl or plastic eavestrough is easy to work with. Standard vinyl is not costly related to galvanized steel and aluminum per linear foot. Vinyl eavestrough is installed in pre-cut sections, so it is a viable option. However, they don’t last a long life span. Such a placed fixture is not liable to rust even if its fringes are exposed or chipped off intentionally. The dents don’t mete out to vinyl.

Galvanised Steel

This kind is a product of hot-dip galvanization. The steel sheet is turned in with the aluminum and zinc layers. The steel layers are molten with zinc and aluminum alloy at 840F. Without the stainless steel incurrences, galvanized steel results in non-corrosive material. Galvanised steel eavestrough is strong, but it is not rust-resistant. Its positive effects are that it manages proper drainage, standing water and debris congestion.

When you decide that your eavestrough has issues or when you need to replace your eavestroughs, you know which option to choose from. You may want to work this out as and when the need arises or when house renovation is in the offing. Call us on 780-468-9297 if you have any doubts or wish to repair your eavestroughs.

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