If you have been a homeowner for any amount of time, you probably know that there is always some maintenance to be done on your home. Gutters require occasional maintenance in order to stay in good functional order and in order to stay attractive.
Can You Paint Gutters?
Painting gutters is one way you can improve your home’s curb appeal. This quick guide will provide tips on how to successfully paint your gutters.
It is very important that you thoroughly examine the gutters before washing or painting them. Check for loose gutters. These can be a safety hazard. Make sure to have gutter repairs done before you attempt to wash or paint. If you attempt to clean or paint damaged gutters it could be very unsafe. You also might cause more damage to the gutters during the process.
The first thing you’ll want to do is power wash your gutters. The gutters should be cleared of all dirt and debris. Next, you will need to use a power washer to rinse the gutters clean. You can either hire someone to power wash or rent a power washer and do it yourself. Cleaning and washing gutters can be dangerous as it must be done from a height. If you feel that you cannot complete this job safely, you should consider hiring someone.
You need a power washer with an extendable arm to get into all the crevices.
If you don’t want to hire a professional to power wash and you don’t have access to a power washer, you can clean the gutters yourself. You will need to scrub the gutters with soap and water. This will create a clean surface for the paint to adhere to. This is an important step if you want a great paint job. Don’t attempt to paint gutters until you have cleaned them thoroughly.
If you are washing gutters by hand, you may want to take the gutters off the house and lay them flat in order to wash them well.
If you want to make gutter maintenance easier in the future, you can apply a mildew retardant. This application will discourage the growth of mildew on the gutters in the future.
Be sure to wear gloves when applying the mildew retardant. This is a strong chemical and it should not come in contact with your hands. You may also need to wear a face mask.
Stripping and Painting
After allowing gutters to dry for 4-6 hours you will be ready to strip off old paint. Next, you should apply sealant to seams and cracks. When the sealant has had time to dry, you can then apply a primer using a sprayer or paintbrush.
Once the primer is dry, you will apply a coat of paint designed for gutters.
Hiring professionals to help with gutter maintenance is a great way to save time and get the best results. If you are not sure how to do this job, or what paint for gutters is best, contact a professional.
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