When you think about ways to improve the exterior appearance of your home, or its "curb appeal," what comes to mind? You might think of painting the front door, adding some planters or shrubbery or repairing parts of the roof. You might not immediately think about the gutters, but changing gutter colors can improve the look of your home significantly. Along with protecting a house and roof from water damage, gutters can also add to (or detract from) its visual appeal. Here's what to think about when selecting gutter colors.
Stand out or Blend in?
The big question you want to answer when picking out a color for your home's gutters is this: Do you want the gutters to serve as an accent that stands out from the home, or do you want them to blend in? The traditional advice, from Better Homes & Gardens (BHG) and home improvement expert Bob Vila, is to have the gutters blend in with the rest of the home.
The other option, to choose gutter colors that stand out or accent the other colors on the exterior of your home, can seem like a bold choice. You'll be calling attention to a part of the home that plays a functional role and that many people want to conceal. If you choose a color that accents your home, you'll shine a spotlight on the fact that gutters can be both functional and attractive.
How to Blend in
One way to have your gutters blend into the rest of the exterior is to choose a color that is the same as the trim on your home. For example, if the trim around your home's door frames and window frames is white, your gutters will look part of the picture if you also paint them white.
Another way to have the gutter colors blend into your home is to pick a color that is the same as the exterior walls of your home. If your house has a brick exterior, either copper gutters or copper-colored aluminum gutters would be an excellent choice for blending in, for example.
How to Stand out
If you've always marched to the beat of your own drum or just want your home to fully reflect your tastes, you can opt for a gutter color that stands out from, but still coordinates with, the rest of your home. For example, you might choose aluminum gutters that are painted colonial blue or Sherwood green to contrast with a white house or a brick front home.
Whichever option you choose, Findlay Roofing offers a full spectrum of colors for aluminum gutters, as well as galvalume and copper finishes. If you're ready to update your gutters, and your home's curb appeal, contact us to learn more about new gutter installation today.