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Square Gutters vs. Round Gutters

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Square vs. Round Gutters

Gutter systems are a vital part of every home as they provide protection against various forms of water damage, keeping your siding, roof, and foundation safe. With so many gutter systems available, it can be difficult to determine which option is best for your home or commercial property. As a leading provider of quality gutter systems and complete installation solutions, the team at Tristar Gutters knows how important it is to choose the right system for your property. That is why we have compiled some information to compare square gutters vs. round gutters and help you make an informed decision.

Learn about the different gutter materials and determine which is best for you.

Square Gutters

Also known as box gutters, these systems have a square shape. Square gutters are typically constructed from zinc, aluminum, and galvanized steel, though other materials can also be used.


  1. Square gutters are wider, allowing them to channel large amounts of water.
  2. Can be more affordable than other styles of gutters depending on the materials used.
  3. Very practical for large commercial buildings and industrial facilities.
  4. Ideal for rainy weather. With proper maintenance, square gutters are sturdy enough to last many years, even with constant downpours.

Potential Drawbacks

  1. If you do not get much rain, the collected debris can clog the gutters. This means that you might need to consider installing a gutter guard to avoid blockage, increasing the cost.
  2. This style is often considered to be not as visually appealing as other styles. That is why square gutters are usually reserved for structures where functionality takes priority over aesthetic appeal.

Round Gutters

Also known as half-round gutters, these systems resemble a circle that has been spilt in half. They are typically built as a full semi-circle all around or with a straight back and are constructed from materials like copper, aluminum, and galvanized steel.


  1. Their design suits most homes and roof styles, increasing aesthetic appeal.
  2. Their shape helps them carry water more effectively, reducing the risk of clogs.
  3. Reduced risk of blockage and corrosion over time as solid debris is easier to lift from the bottom of the gutters.

Potential Drawbacks

  1. They can be more expensive than other styles due to the increased labour requirements and material costs.
  2. Cannot hold or channel as much water as square gutter systems, making them a poor choice for areas with consistently heavy rainfall.

To learn more about gutter styles or to inquire about our gutter installation services, get in touch with the team at Tristar Gutters. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.