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Hiding Downspouts: Is It Worth The Effort?

For most roof contractors and home renovations, hiding downspouts is a must, unless homeowners like the rustic, old-time look of downspouts in their homes. These components are functionally necessary for any property, but they do not contribute any aesthetic value to the property. However, hiding downspouts can be costly for some properties, especially if you're going for a certain rustic look.

Downspouts can stick out like sore thumbs and can make your property's appearance cluttered. However, for rustic and classic residential looks, downspouts don't need hiding. Exposed downspouts can have the same colors as your trim and siding to contribute aesthetically to the residence's overall aesthetic.

Gutters and downspouts play a crucial role in residential rainwater management. These two components lead rainwater away from your yard and gardens and straight to sewer lines or rainwater systems. Over time, gutters can bend and sag, causing trapped water to seep into your roof materials and home. Downspouts can also bend and angle away from your sewer lines, causing possible damage to your yard and garden.

Exposed downspouts are easier to maintain than hidden ones because roofers can easily inspect and identify their existing issues. 

If you want to show your downspouts, Patriot Gutters has an excellent set of tips to help you get started.

To Show or to Hide?

When deciding the color of your gutters and downspouts, you’ll often hear the recommendation of matching it to the color of your trim or your siding. This is usually perfect for those who want to play it safe. But keep in mind that this shouldn’t limit you when designing your home’s exterior.

For instance, you can choose a color that would let your gutters, gutter guards and downspouts pop. Feel free to use copper tones, aged bronze or other fun colors you can think of. The costs, however, may vary, so be prepared for that as well.

Tips for Exposed Gutters and Downspouts

  • Customizing the color of your gutters can be a challenge, so here are some tips to guide you in selecting the right color:
  • Match your gutters and downspouts to your siding if you want them to fade into the background.
  • Match your gutters and downspouts to your trim. This allows them to blend in and seem like an organic part of your exterior design.
  • Match your gutters and downspouts to your roof. This effectively hides your gutters from view. However, using the same color for your downspouts may look a bit off.
  • Copper and aged bronze gutters make for an interesting curb appeal. Certain architectural styles can benefit from this look. (Continued)

You can always count on Slavin Home Improvements to provide you with top-notch roofing and gutter system installations. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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