Choosing a Color for Gutters

Gone are the “old” days where the basic color choices for gutters were white, beige, grey and black. Today, you will find a wide variety of color options for Vancouver gutters, allowing you, the homeowner, to achieve the exact look you want for your home. But with so many choices, how do you go about selecting a color for your gutters that you will be happy with year after year?

Light vs. Dark

When selecting a color for your gutters, remember the basic rule: lighter colors will show the dirt and stains more, while darker colors will help disguise them. For lighter color options, match or complement the gutters to the fascia or the trim color. If choosing a darker gutter color, match it to the roof.

Complement vs. Contrast

General guidelines regarding the use of color suggest that you select matching or complementary colors if you want the gutters to blend with the other colors of your home like the roof, trim color, front door, etc. Should you want the gutters to stand out, making them a focal point or feature of your home’s overall design, then pick a contrasting color. Because of the practical nature of Vancouver gutters, most people opt for color choices that will blend the gutter system into the structure’s façade instead of making it stand out. However, it’s a matter of personal taste, and some house styles such as Colonial revival, cottage, modern and post modern, can be greatly enhanced by gutters in a contrasting color.

Same vs. Different

A common way to select a color for your gutters and downspout is to match it to the fascia trim or to the roof. Another option is to pick one color for your gutters and another for your downspouts; typically matching the gutter color to the roof or fascia and the downpipes to the trim color or the siding/brick.

Often, choosing a gutter color ends up at the bottom of a list of priorities. But when given some consideration, the right gutter color can work with the other color options of your home to create a look that has lasting curb appeal.