I own a Ranch style home on the SF Peninsula
The home was built in 1954. The roof is comp shingles and since it's a
ranch style home the roof doesn't have much of a pitch.
I need a new roof and plan on starting to get some estimates.
I plan on painting the home afterward.
I have two questions.
# 1 What material should the gutters be? Does it make sense to get white
pvc, I will never have to worry about them rusting or painting them.
#2 When should I have the gutters installed before or after painting. I was
thinking that when they paint the eves that they will spray the eves and
there will be overspray all over the backside of the gutters? The rest of
the home I plan to roll.
Copper is the best, but you'll need another mortgage.
Seriously, stay away from the plastic gutters. Hail shatters them. They
get brittle as the plastic ages (UV light, you know), and the wind will
break them. They'll also shrink and come apart at the joints. Oh yeah--
the joints have rubber gaskets that fail.
Get aluminum gutters factory-painted they color you want. Get the
seamless gutters. A truck will bend them from flat sheet metal in your
driveway. No leaks. Pay for the oversized downspouts; they don't plug up
Put on the gutters last. It's good to have the fascia painted. That's
hard to do when the gutters cover it.
I second the recomendation agains PVC gutters. The gutters seem cheap but
they get you on all the joints and other details. And they are ugly when
done. Did it once.... big mistake.
If you have a lot of leaves and crap falling in gutters, consider Leafguard
gutters. They work for hard woods and pine. Mine have been up 10 years and
are perfectly clean. Expensive though.
Second the suggestion on pre-painted, aluminum gutters. Get them from a
gutter company that can make them the exact lengths, on site, with no seams.
Paint first - that way you can get a good coat on the areas the gutters will
If you haven't settled on a color for house painting yet, consider getting a
can of spray paint in a color you like and have the house paint mixed to
match. Having a can or two of spray paint to touch-up things is
double-handy. In my case, I was even able to match the gutters!
I used Rustoleum "Camouflage" as the base color. It has the advantage of
strangers not being able to see my house from the street.
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