When it comes to home improvement projects, gutters rank low. Homeowners, driven by dreams of a lucrative return on their investment, choose kitchen remodels, landscape design, and bathroom facelifts. Their pursuits are not unmerited. Colorful flower beds and ornate shower tiling do, in fact, add value to a home, but they should not deflect an owner’s attention away from their gutters because gutters help to sell houses too! Today, we’re sharing three ways that you can make your gutters work for your home sale.
#1: Ensure proper installation.
Correctly installed gutters divert water from the house and foundation. The pipes should be level so that water is not left to pool inside.
#2 Color match your home.
A general rule of thumb is to choose hues that match either your trim or your roof. Aim to blend, or at least maintain a cohesive color scheme.
#3 Use standard gutter materials
There are many types and styles of gutters on the market today, with the primary materials being aluminum, copper, steel, galvanized steel, zinc, and vinyl.
• Aluminum the most common gutter material, offers several advantages over other material types. It's lightweight, resistant to corrosion, available in a wide range of colors, and the least expensive option.
•Galvanized steel gutters are coated with a layer of zinc and are quite strong but may be prone to rust.
•Steel gutters also coated in aluminum and zinc, alleviate rust problems but cost a little more.
•Zinc gutters, yet another option, are also strong and durable. They don't typically require painting or finishing.
•Copper gutters, a premium choice for aesthetics, project class but cost significantly higher than other materials.
•Vinyl a value material, is available in a large variety of colors that are made to match many different types of siding. On the durability scale, vinyl underperforms metal. It breaks down over time with exposure to sunlight and will, therefore, need more frequent replacement.
The hidden truth is that gutters, while often overlooked, add perceived value to homes. Buyers expect to see them in good working condition, or they’ll lower their offering price. Next time you think about tackling a home improvement project, consider putting gutters on your list. Eureka Contracting is here to guide you so that you can maximize your return on investment!