At Proven Contracting, we are specialists in every area of roofing, gutters, and siding replacement. We know how important maintenance is for every aspect of your home. But sometimes, all you need is a little facelift to improve the aesthetics or repair a broken gutter.
For clients seeking an upgrade in form or function to their gutter systems, there are many, many options. One of the questions we hear the most is: What color gutters are available?
Those in the market for gutter replacement are spoiled for choice these days. There’s a panoply of options in most colorways. That being said, many of the choices are more muted as opposed to loud. While one could choose a custom bright blue, red, yellow, or green as a home accent, it would be much more expensive or require a coat of paint to achieve the right value. The standard options when replacing roof gutters are typically designed to blend into the home environment instead of “popping” off the facade.
You might want to choose between white, cream, or ivory if you have a lighter-colored home. But that being said, many colors in the brown family are also popular: beige, khaki, chamois, buckskin, and more.
If you have a Cape Cod-style home, you may choose blues or grays, and if you have a colonial-style home, you may choose reds or greens. But remember that most of these will be more muted. The greens, for instance, are closer to a mossy, dark evergreen than a bright yellow/green.
There are a few philosophies about how to choose colors for your gutters. Depending on the style of your home, there may be a “best” option. It’s also possible that your homeowner’s association (where applicable) has rules about what kind of gutters can be installed in your neighborhood.
If money is a concern, consider something in the white or off-white color family. These are the most popular colors and often are the most affordable when purchasing from local gutter installers.
But if your budget and HOA is wide open, there are a few strategic ways to think about gutter color choice:
Most homeowners enjoy the aesthetic of matching either their trim, paint, or roof color. This choice allows for the gutters to settle into the facade and blend seamlessly.
Some prefer to contrast with a color that really pops. While this is a bolder choice, the results are stunning on some homes. If you have a larger budget, copper is a good option.
Ultimately it’s important to evaluate your home and see what you really need. If you are worried about your gutters or want to explore updating other parts of your home, contact us at Proven Contracting today, where we’ve served New Jersey residents as a gutter installation service for over five years.
With the advent of seamless gutter systems, matching any home is a breeze. The customization allowed with seamless gutter installation has homeowners exploring more and more unique gutter options. Aluminum is the most commonly used material, but some choose to use high-end copper.
Copper gutters are the Cadillac of gutter materials. Over time they will develop a beautiful worn patina, but there are a few downsides to choosing copper. Copper is expensive, difficult to source, and needs to be installed very carefully as it is prone to dents. If you live in an area that sees hail, your copper will likely be damaged after the first storm.
Other customization options you can choose from include different sizes. 4″ and 5″ will work for most roofs, but some (especially bigger roofs that need to collect more water) benefit from 6″ or 7″ “jumbo” gutters. A 6″ gutter will collect 40% more water than a 4″ gutter!
There are a few popular styles of gutters, so before you land on the seamless “K Style” gutter (which is the most used, affordable, and easily customizable), we want to outline the most common options.
These gutters come in pre-cut segments joined and cut to fit different lengths. While at one time these were the only option, today almost everyone has switched to seamless because they are more efficient and easier to install in custom lengths.
These rounded gutters are mostly a thing of the past. They are not as deep as “K style” gutters and are being replaced for more efficient seamless gutters.
Seamless gutters look just like traditional overlapping gutters, but with no seams joining pieces together, which are a point of failure on many homes.
During seamless gutter installation, a truck comes with flat metal sheets in the style and gauge of your choice (.032 and .027 are standard), and are put through an extruder to be shaped.
As contractors, we work with the best gutter specialists in New Jersey to ensure that your gutters are updated for value and lasting impact.
If you are interested in replacing your gutters (or doing other updates that include gutters), all you need to do is give us a call. We will happily discuss any questions you might have about the process before sending local gutter installers out to your house to measure, evaluate, and price.
You’ll be able to talk through the different options and discuss the needs of your home.
Gutters are technically independent of the siding and roofing, but makes the most sense to replace them when you are repairing or replacing the facade or roof of your home.
The amount of time it takes to replace gutters is usually less than one day. This can vary depending on the location and size of your home. Larger homes with multiple stories, rotten fascia, or a steep grade will require more time and effort.Gutters are always done last when updating multiple segments of your home.
The entire process (from consultation with our contractors to finishing) can take a few months, depending on material choice, availability, and scheduling. But it’s okay to simply update your gutters for a small facelift, doing so can go a long way to protecting your home (and adding value) and can be done more quickly than replacing the entire roof and siding.
The job involves removing the original gutters, checking the boards underneath, the trim, soffit (the piece of your roof that is on the underside of the eaves and allows passive air into the attic without allowing water, which helps the r-value of your roof system), and any contact points of the gutter system.
Once every piece is deemed acceptable the new gutters can be quickly installed, often in less than a day.
Most people view the gutters, siding, or roofing elements as individual items, instead of an entire ecosystem that works together to protect your home.
A well maintained home is insulated from bad weather and can displace water without any overflow. By stopping the ingress of the elements you will seriously extend the life of your home and over time save you a lot of money.
There’s no right or wrong time to replace elements of your home, however, we believe it’s most effective to replace siding, roofing, and gutters simultaneously.
But sometimes accidents happen, and extreme weather or outside circumstances can cause you to need an early replacement. If a gutter is clearly damaged, looks bad, or starts falling off the siding, it’s time to speak with a contractor about replacing the gutters on your home.
Call one of our specialists today if you have any questions about your gutter system.