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LearnAsIGoHomeowner

01:34PM | 03/10/05
Member Since: 11/09/02
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We're getting ready to put new aluminum gutters up on the house. Don't want them to be plain old white and I've read that you can paint them to match your color scheme. Looking for advice, suggestions, or a link to a good website for information on painting them (what kind of paint, primer, when to do it, etc.). Thanks.

5slb6

01:10AM | 03/11/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
You can find aluminum gutters in many colors and one should be close to the color you have on your house or you could just paint your trim to match the gutters. Some of these gutters are coated with a paint that may not lend it's self to be painted until it weathers for a good while so painting them should be a last resort.

LearnAsIGoHomeowner

02:19AM | 03/11/05
Member Since: 11/09/02
9 lifetime posts
We're planning on putting them up ourselves. All we've seen at the big home improvement stores are white. Where can we buy colored ones to install ourselves?

5slb6

02:44AM | 03/19/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
You need to go to a real building supply as gutters come in many colors.

dodgeroof

01:55AM | 03/31/05
Member Since: 03/27/05
95 lifetime posts
In order to obtain aluminum gutters with a pre-finished color which "matches", or comes close to your color, you may need to contact an actual Gutter Contractor. Most Gutter supply houses specialize in selling the various components as well as gutter coils which the contractors then use on their machines to make the gutter. Some Gutter Supply Houses MAY offer to run off, and sell you sections made to order.

But in my area, they've stopped doing that because it's just not worth the hassle. After all, their real business is in selling parts and coil stock to the contractors who've purchased the seamless gutter machines for $7,000-10,000 each.

You might find one of these Gutter Contractors willing to show up, and simply run off the sections you need right at your house.

I used to do that myself as I don't own a machine, but anymore the difference between what they charge to do-it-all, and just run off the sections, is not great enough to make it worth my time.

Lastly, as a previous poster mentioned, seamless is the way to go.

And, all pre-finished gutter I've ever worked with can be painted right over without the use of primer. Just make sure it's clean and dry.

One OTHER last thing, most of the gutter and downspouts I've ever seen, avaialable at the big box stores, are of a thinner gage, and only available in 10ft. lengths.

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