Due to differences in climate, regional traditions, and historical influences, home styles vary greatly by region across the United States. Of course, there is still a good amount of overlap in the popularity of house styles throughout the country.
The most popular styles include Cottage, Ranch, Traditional, Country, Southern, European, Mediterranean, Modern, and Craftsman style.
With so many styles available, it can be a challenge to find the ideal gutter solution that matches your home’s aesthetic and performs well.
Not sure if your house needs gutters or gutter guards? Our team at The Rhino Gutter Company discusses gutter applications and designs for each type of home style.
*Remember, some of these styles will overlap, and your home might fit into a region outside your own!
Ranch-style homes are the most popular style in the United States. They are characterized by one-story floorplans, sometimes split-level, and roofs with long straight runs.
Some ranch-style homes can do well without gutters as they generally have shallow roofs which allow water to flow slowly down the roof, except along the valleys of the roof which can produce heavy streams of water during the rainy season. If you forgo gutters, you will need an overhang of at least 10 inches so the water will drip onto the ground or flow away.
Cottage styles homes are usually one or two-story structures with a quaint charming feel. This category includes Cape Code homes which are characterized by having small porches, bay windows, and steep gable roofs.
When you have a steep roof, it is particularly important to manage the flow of rainwater to prevent deluges of water and foundation damage. Gutter guards are also useful for steep roofs, as they can help prevent clogs and the need to clean your gutters.
Country-style homes with beautiful wrap-around porches are distinctly American and are quite popular in rural communities. They often have one to two stories and have gable roofs and dormers. As stated above, if your country-style home has a steep roof, gutters and gutter guards can be quite beneficial to protect your home’s foundation.
Grand plantation-style homes had a large influence on the architecture in the south. Often, these homes have large front porches and high ceilings for better airflow in the humid southern heat. Due to their size, large southern-style homes can benefit from gutters and gutter guards to divert rainwater and debris from their roofs, even on their porches.
A traditional style home is generally a simple rectangular shaped two-story home with symmetrically placed windows. In the south, wide porches are added to the design which creates an inviting aesthetic.
Again, due to their size, these homes require a way to divert rainwater from their roofs and prevent foundational damage.
European-style homes encompass Victorian, French, and Colonial home styles. They are typically large two-story homes with gables and steep roofs. Due to their size and steep roofs, we recommend a gutter system to adequately divert water from these historic-styled homes. In this case, choosing an appropriate style gutter system is important as you do not want to detract from the aesthetic and curb appeal of the home.
Originating in the 19th century, Craftsman-style homes feature low-pitched shingle roofs with overhanging eaves and street-facing gables. Due to their overhanging eaves, many homeowners may forgo gutters, which can be fine if the water is diverted from the home with a slope once it hits the ground.
The farmhouse style is quite popular in the Midwest United States. Due to their size and the pitch of their roofs, we recommend a gutter system to control and divert rainwater.
Modern homes became popular in the 1960s and have a minimalistic aesthetic with low, flat roofs, meant to emphasize clean horizontal lines. Many modern homes omit gutters due to aesthetics and curb appeal, but we recommend a drainage system for flat roofs to prevent siding and foundation damage.
Gutter guards are also particularly helpful in this application, as they prevent debris from building up that can block the flow of water off your flat roof.
Inspired by Spanish or Italian architecture, Mediterranean-style homes often have stucco exteriors and red barrel, clay tile roofs. Tile roofs require larger than normal gutters to help prevent water from traveling along the tile edge and damaging the roof.
Synonymous with the American West are ranch-style homes with one-story floorplans and long low roof lines. As stated above, you can forgo gutters on a ranch-style home if you have at least 10 inches of overhang to allow water to flow off.
Modern-style homes in the Western United States with flat roofs don’t require gutters, especially in areas where it rarely rains.
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Find the Perfect Gutter System
Whether you have a modern home with a flat roof, a Mediterranean-style home with a red clay tiled roof, or a more traditional home, a gutter system equipped with Rhino Gutter Guards can help protect your home from Florida’s prolific rainstorms.
Not sure which style would best fit your home? Call our team at The Rhino Gutter Company for a gutter installation consultation today; 813-590-5936!