Gutters are like jewelry for your home. They can add a touch of color to an otherwise drab façade, or they can blend in to allow other features on the house to stand out. Choosing the best color for gutters will ensure you achieve the perfect look for your home improvement project. Here are some tips for selecting gutter colors.
Check with Your HOA before Choosing Gutter Colors
If you are a member of a homeowner association, check with the HOA before picking your gutter colors. The association may only have a limited number of options for you to choose from. This narrows down the possibilities, which could make the decision a little easier.
This will also save you from a potential headache in the future. If you install gutters without HOA approval, they may reject the color, causing you to redo the whole project. If you are not subject to HOA guidelines, you can choose just about any color you want for your gutters and downspouts.
Match Your Gutters to the Trim or Roof
Traditionally, the best color for gutters would be the color of your house trim or a color that matches your roofing. If the gutters match the roof, they look like an extension of the roof line. If they match the trim, they blend in with the features already on the house. Both options are safe, and both will look great on your house. If you’re looking for something a little different though, consider the next idea…
Use Your Gutters as an Accent on Your Home
You don’t have to feel confined to the colors of your roof, trim or siding. You could choose gutter color that provides visual contrast. This is particularly common with copper colors, which add a sparkle of metallic and look great against many siding materials. You could also choose a rich, dark color like hunter green or maroon if that went well with your home. Your gutters could match your shutters, your mail box, or any other feature you want them to. You get to decide what kind of statement your gutters make!
Can I Paint My Gutters?
Technically, you can paint your gutters, but it isn’t advised. Painting will void most manufacturer warranties, and it is incredibly difficult to get a nice finish in the end. You’ll need to use paint that can stand the heavy abuse your gutters take from the elements, and the paint will be much more susceptible to sun fading that the manufactured coating on the gutters.
You’re much better off selecting the best color for gutters during the installation phase, rather than trying to change the color after the fact.
View Gutter Samples in Person
During your gutter quote, you can view different samples of gutter colors in person to see how they look against your house. This will help you visualize whether you want your gutters to match your trim, your roof, or another element on the property. If you’re getting new siding or new roofing, you can choose a gutter color that will complement the new materials and existing features on your home. Contact McLean Roofing and Siding at (248) 524-1111 to schedule your gutter quote.