If your rain gutters aren’t looking their best, should you paint them? The answer to this question depends on several factors, the main one being the material your rain gutters are made out of. At Capitol Exteriors, we do rain gutter installation of all types on homes and businesses throughout West Jordan, Utah.
Vinyl Rain Gutters
Homeowners love vinyl rain gutters because they don’t need much maintenance — no painting required. That’s the beauty of vinyl — it’s plastic, so the color is constant throughout. It doesn’t peel and fading is minimal.
It’s possible your vinyl gutters may become discolored by mold, but this is easily remedied with cleaning products.
However, if you are determined to paint your vinyl gutters because you have your heart set on a different color for your gutters, consult with the team at Capitol Exteriors to be sure you get the right kind of paint for the job. Even the best paint applied properly will eventually peel and need to be recoated.
Steel Rain Gutters
Steel gutters are galvanized to prevent rusting. However, this process actually delays rusting more than prevents it. It’s just the nature of steel when it is exposed to water.
It’s a good idea to have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year, and at that time, your service person can check for rust spots on steel gutters. If they find any, call Capitol Exteriors for gutter repair. A small rust spot is quick and easy to take care of.
While you can paint your steel gutters to help protect them from rust, the process is somewhat arduous. You have to properly clean and prime the gutters to be sure the paint will stick. Steel gutters last about 20 years before rust becomes a serious enough problem to consider rain gutter replacement. The work of painting them to extend their life may not be worth the effort.
Aluminum Rain Gutters
Aluminum rain gutters are a best seller. They’re cheaper and lighter weight than steel, stronger than vinyl, they don’t rust and they’re low-maintenance.
If your aluminum gutters become dirty or discolored, you can clean them with a metal-cleaning solution found at home improvement stores. They’ll look so nice you won’t want to paint them anymore — unless you want them to be a different color. Talk to the team at Capitol Exteriors first to ensure you get the right kind of primer and paint for your aluminum gutters.
Caring for Rain Gutters in West Jordan
As a homeowner or business owner, the best way for you to care for your rain gutters is to have them cleaned regularly and to call Capitol Exteriors whenever you need rain gutter repair. Following these suggestions will keep your rain gutters in good repair and will protect your home from moisture infiltration.