When expertly installed, your home’s gutters provide the aesthetics of crown molding. That makes it imperative that the color you select adds to your home’s curb appeal, rather than detracts from it. Currently, simply opting for white gutters without considering all gutter color options is a missed opportunity to create a point of interest on your home’s exterior. Here’s what you need to know about selecting the optimum gutter color for your home.
How To Choose The Right Color Gutter For Your Home
Reputable home improvement companies have gutter color charts or color samples available on the actual material this is installed on. This allows a homeowner to see first-hand how the gutters will look next to the home’s siding during various points of the day. In addition, digital renderings of how the gutter colors will look with the home’s exterior components are also readily available by tech-savvy contractors, creating a scenario where there are few surprises after the gutter installation has taken place. Asking questions before hiring a gutter contractor will allow you to understand how they will be able to best meet your needs.
Strategies For Narrowing In On The Best Colors For Gutters
Many times, homeowners opt to tie in their home’s gutter color to other exterior features, like siding or trim, to provide a cohesive look. For example, if a home has dark brown roofing, soffit, and window trim, with light brown siding, it can be aesthetically appealing to utilize dark brown gutters to provide a connected appearance. Owners of homes with white siding often prefer to have white colored gutters in that same shade installed so that they blend into the home’s appearance, rather than be a focal point. Observing gutter colors on houses in the neighborhood can also provide inspiration. Gutters can still be used to create a bold statement. The best way to do this is to pick a complementary gutter color hue that’s significantly lighter or darker than a home’s exterior features.
Light Vs. Dark Colored Gutters
It’s worth noting that lighter gutter colors on houses, compared to black gutters or other dark shades, do a poor job at concealing stains that can happen from grass clippings, mulch residue, and mud. If this is of concern to you, opt for darker colored gutters.
Downspout Color Vs. Gutter Color On Houses
Many homeowners don’t realize that your home’s gutters and downspouts do not have to be the same color. It can work well to choose a gutter color that closely imitates the color of the roof and a downspout color that closely aligns with a home’s siding or trim colors.