Our house is in need of new gutters (old galvanized half-round were rusted through), and we're agonizing over which style to go with. We're going to go with aluminum — copper would be too expensive, as well as out of character for our otherwise understated exterior. The question is whether to go with half-round, as they have been for the past 96 years, or with the cheaper K-style.
We've received quotes from a reputable supplier for $1400 for 5" K-style, $4000 for 6" half-round with 2x3" rectangular downspouts (as the house had most recently), or $4700 for half-round with 4" round downspouts (as the house had originally). The choice is really between the upper and lower quotes — I don't see much point in paying the extra for half-round but then skimping on the downspouts, even if a PO (likely the daughter of the original owner) felt differently.
I'd really like to do the half-round, but my wife is unconvinced that the extra $3300 is worth it.We've reached the point where she's given me the go-ahead to do the half-round if I really want to, but she still thinks it's frivolous. One point that she's made, which I don't contest, is that most people don't notice gutters; I think that the wrong gutters, however, will make things look "off". In the case of our house (click on the picture in my sig for more/bigger pictures), the gutters hang below the edge of the roof by a couple of inches, and there's crown molding against the fascia. Since K-style gutters are intended to be flush against the fascia, substituting for crown molding, I think that K-style hanging off of the roof would look very strange.
My wife has been gracious to give me the flexibility, but now I feel additional pressure to make sure that I'm not wasting our money. Will K-style look as strange as I think it will, or might it actually look okay? Thanks in advance!