Why You Should Hire Professionals to Paint Your Rain Gutters
September 22, 2017
Did you know that you can paint your rain gutters to match the color of your home? Whether you have regular or custom rain gutters
, you can paint them and boost your home's curb appeal. Though you might be thinking that your old and rusty gutters might need to be replaced, that is often not the case. If your gutters have no problems doing their job—draining the rainwater away from your home's foundation—you likely don't need to change them. Instead, you should have them painted, which will save you money if done right.
The first thing you need to know about painting your gutters is that you should not try to do it by yourself. It is better hire professionals to do it for you because you don't want to put your gutters at risk and spend a lot of money replacing them, which is what you are trying to avoid in the first place. So, if you are planning on painting them by yourself, you should think twice.
Gutters are part of your home's exterior. The way they look can affect your home's curb appeal. The color of your gutters is just as important as their material and how they are installed.
There are many reasons why you should have your gutters painted. Maybe they are looking old and rusty or you are going to change the color of your house and want matching gutters. If you decide to have your gutters painted, make sure that the color you choose matches your siding and roof. That can allow them to blend in and look like a natural part of the roofline.
Though you may be tempted to paint your rain gutters by yourself, you should hire professionals to do it for you because it is not as easy as it may sound. Here are the steps that you would need to take to paint your gutters like a professional:
Remove and Inspect Your Rain Gutters
First, you need a ladder that is tall enough to reach the gutters so you can remove them. Once you remove them, you need to remember where each one goes. While you are removing them, don't forget to look for damage, which can be hard to spot if you are not a professional.
Stripping the Old Paint
You need to use paint-stripping chemicals, rags, and paint scrapers to remove any old paint on the gutters.
Sanding the Gutters
After stripping the old paint, you need to sand the gutters with sand paper to smooth out any remaining rough patches.
Now you should double-check your gutters to ensure they are working properly. You might think this is a waste of time, but when it comes to your house, it is best to avoid taking risks. If a gutter is not working properly, you need to fix it before continuing. Keep in mind that seasoned professionals will immediately notice if there are any problems with your gutters.
Applying the Primer
After removing the old paint from the gutters, you need to apply a primer. But you need to make sure that you have purchased the right type of primer. We recommend oil-based primers that prevent rust. Also, be sure to use a regular paint brush to apply the primer, and let each side dry before moving on to the next side.
Applying Enamel Paint
Although this step is optional, it can make a world of difference because enamel paint adds a layer of protection to the gutter.
Applying the First Coat
After you apply the primer and enamel paint, you can start painting the gutter. You should choose flat, satin, or gloss paint. Painting with satin or gloss can give your gutters a non-porous finish. Make sure that the first coat should be as thin as possible in case you need to brush out any paint runs.
Applying the Second Coat
We recommend waiting 24 hours to apply the second coat of paint. You should apply the next layer the same way you applied the first.
Once you have finished the second coat, your rain gutters should be looking beautiful. If you followed the steps we have outlined above, the paint should stick to the gutter.
If you thought you were finished at this point, you would be mistaken. Now you need to check the gutters once again to ensure that nothing was damaged while you were painting.
Reinstalling the Gutters
This is the final step, but it can also be the most complicated one. Installing a rain gutter is not a piece of cake. You need to be extremely careful because if you don't install the rain gutters well, they will not work properly, which can end up causing rainwater damage.
As you can see, one small error can cause a lot of damage. Hiring professionals can help you avoid problems and save you money. You, your family, and your pocketbook will be grateful.
If you want to paint or replace your rain gutters before the next rainy season, we can help. Gutters are an important part of your house. We provide rain gutter installation and repair services in Miami-Dade County. You can fill out our contact
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