Monday, June 15th, 2015 by James Hartkorn
Image via Michael Coghlan via Flickr
If it’s time to upgrade your home’s color scheme, it’s easy to overlook your gutters. Painting the gutters alone can be a quicker, and cheaper, way to change the look of your home, but you should take care to consider a few things in preparation for this project.
When painting gutters, you want to choose a color that enhances your home’s exterior décor. Gutters are made to be functional, drawing away rain, snow and ice away from your house, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be attractive. Here is a look at 5 factors to consider when choosing the right color for your gutters.
1. ARE THE GUTTERS VISIBLE?
If you can’t see the gutters when you stand in front of your home, you don’t have to worry too much about the color. In fact, you can effectively conceal them by painting them to match the shade on the house or the roof, or pick a shade to camouflage them among trees and shrubs blocking them from view.
Many homeowners don’t care about the look of the gutters in the backyard. Very few visitors make the special effort to check out the appearance of your rear gutters! Selecting a color that makes them fit into the overall look of the home is the perfect choice.
2. CAN THE MATERIAL BE PAINTED?
Some gutter materials are not made for paint and have a look all their own. For example, copper gutters are made with the idea that they will age and develop a distinctive green patina.
Check with your home’s builder or your local gutter experts to find out what your choices of material are. Ask about the special properties of each that affect appearance and their look over the long-term. A professional can also advise you on which types of paint, or even which shades, would work best for your gutter system.
3. ARE THERE NEIGHBORHOOD RESTRICTIONS?
Some homeowner’s associations and subdivisions have guidelines about which colors are acceptable on the outside of homes in the area. They might specify a palette of colors that you can use for paint and trim.
The danger of disregarding these rules is that it may cost you—sometimes significantly. If you don’t check first, you could order your gutters in a color that isn’t allowed. After you have them installed, you can be forced to take them down and have new ones put in. If your homeowner’s association has rules about exterior paint colors, it’s best to stay within their bounds.
4. WHAT COLORS ARE YOUR HOME, ITS TRIM AND YOUR ROOF?
Gutters usually match either the overall color of the home or compliment the color of the roof. This allows them to blend in to the home’s general look and subtly make it look put-together. It will detract from your home’s appearance if you have your gutters painted in a color that clashes with your home’s exterior or the roof.
One option is to have your gutters professionally painted to match your house trim. Often gutters and trim painted the same color help to outline your home’s architecture. As home-improvement guru Bob Vila says, it makes sense to use color for accent, but use it sparingly and only to highlight attractive elements.
5. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The cost of painting gutters can jump substantially if you choose an unusual color. It is important to check on cost before specifying a color, especially if you are on a tight budget. Ask yourself if an unusual color is worth the extra money. Most gutter companies offer a wide range of standard shades, normally ranging from white to gray and from tan to brown. It’s very likely that these standard shades will be much less expensive than something out of the ordinary, like purple.
A good way to check the look of the colors you are considering is to use a design tool that will help you visualize the overall effect. The LeafGuard Design Studio on our own website offers 4 sample homes with different aesthetic and architectural features, allowing you to find a style that closely matches yours. Then you can select the colors for the gutters, trim, roof and siding. With the zoom function, you can get close up look at how it will appear. Getting an idea beforehand of how your gutters will look when installed and painted helps you be confident that you’re making the right color choice.
Gutters are an essential part of your home’s exterior, and the right paint makes them attractive as well as practical. If you’re considering painting your gutters and would like to get more information or see a visual example, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at LeafGuard by Midlands Home Solutions today.