Black gutters have increased in popularity with the modern farmhouse design trend. This is a common gutter color for newly painted white houses, but it looks beautiful against a range of siding colors. If you’re debating whether or not to get black gutters, this guide will help you make that decision. Check out the pros and cons of black guttering, courtesy of Sargent Gutters & Siding.
Pros of Getting Black Gutters
Black gutters are beautiful, and they can add a flare of drama to your façade. If you have muted siding and trim colors, black gutters will provide a bold contrast that frames off your home nicely.
Black gutters tend to work best with dark roofs because the roofing and guttering visually flow into each other. If you have a lighter roof or an unconventional color like green, black gutters may be more of a contrast than what you’re looking for.
Black naturally absorbs sunlight more than light colors, which means in the winter, black gutters will stay warmer than white gutters. This can help melt snow faster so it can flow away from the house.
Black is a neutral color, so it works with nearly all siding colors and materials. Nevertheless, there are some instances where other neutrals are better suited for the color scheme.
Cons of Getting Black Gutters
Because black is such a strong color, it can overpower some homes. Perhaps you want your gutters to blend into the siding and roofing, rather than stand out. Black is neutral in nature, but sometimes brown, grey or white looks better against the existing siding materials. You could easily put some sample colors next to your home to see what looks best.
Black gutters absorb more UV rays than white gutters, which may make them prone to sun fading over time. Even if the gutters are coated to resist UV rays, there is only so much that coating can do. If your house receives constant sunlight, you may want to look into lighter guttering.
White gutters are considered timeless, but black gutters are currently trendy. This isn’t to say black will look bad in a decade, but it’s possible that black accents will eventually be a thing of the past. If you want a color that will surely stand the test of time, match your roofing/siding or choose white gutters.
Other Gutter Colors to Explore
The biggest issue we see homeowners make when selecting gutter colors is that they try to make their façade too busy. If you have multi-colored bricks, white shutters, a bright yellow door and wood accents, adding black gutters would be yet another color for the brain to process. Too much visual clutter is going to detract from your house, rather than highlight its beauty.
If you have several colors going on, use one of those as inspiration. This could be an accent color on your brick (not the main color) or it could be the shade of your window trim, chimney, gables, canopy, etc. If you have a relatively bland color pallet, inserting a sharp contrast of black may be the pop you need! Don’t be afraid to explore all your options until you find what works best for your home.
View Gutter Color Options during Your In-Person Consultation
If you’d like to see gutter colors in person, you can do so during your gutter installation consultation. Contact Sargent Gutters & Siding at (800) 465-7460 to schedule a quote for black gutters, white gutters, or anything in between.