Capitol Gutter Blog
One of the options we can offer when installing gutters is transitional colors. By changing the color of downspouts to match the trim or house color, the gutter system blends in better. This is a personal preference, but some people prefer the aethetics of gutters that match the adjacent colors.
This Centralia home is an excellent example. In this case, we used three colors: black, classic cream and buckskin brown. The home is a cream color, the trim on the eves is brown, and the window trim is black. We installed buckskin brown gutters to match the eves, black downspouts where the downspouts ran next to the windows, and classic cream in areas where the downspouts everywhere else to match the house color. Click on the images in the gallery below to see additional views.
With dozens of colors to choose from, we can find a color that will either match or complement any home or structure. And because we manufacture our seamless gutters on site, there is no guesswork.
If you are in need of new gutters for your home in the Olympia or Centralia area, contact us and we'll be happy to give you a free quote with no obligation. Be sure to mention if you are interested in transitional colors. We'll give you our honest opinion as to which color combinations we think will work, and suggest the best options to complement your home.> Add a comment >
We honestly don't have a huge call for copper gutter installation because it is pricier than aluminum gutters, but once in a while we have a customer that is after a specific look and is willing to spend the money for the aesthetics.
This Tenino customer has a beautiful stable and wanted to accent it with copper gutters. You can see some of the installation pictures in the gallery below.
Copper gutters are more expensive for a number of reasons. Aside from the material being costlier, copper gutters are not seamless and require soldering to assemble. This means they are more labor intensive to install.
Aside from their unique appearance, copper gutters are more durable than aluminum. They also assume a natural patina finish over time as they are exposed to the weather, giving them a one-of-a-kind look -- no two sets of copper gutters are alike.
Take a look at the photos below and let us know what you think. If you're after a unique look for your home, this just might be the ticket. We're happy to give you a free estimate and compare the cost of copper gutters to aluminum for your gutter installation project. Fill out our customer inqury form and let us know.> Add a comment >
Sometimes we get thrown for a loop with an unusual gutter situation and have to come up with a unique solution. Here's an Olympia downspout installation that required a compromise between aethetics and functionality.
The gutter above this covered deck needed a downspout, but we didn't want to drop the downspout where it would obstruct the view. While we could run the downspout behind the support post for the roof, the support for the deck below did not line up. We knew that if we ran the downspout straight to the ground it would be unsupported and like to be accidentally bumped loose. So we built an elbow joint to run the downpout over to the support post and down to the ground.
You might wonder why we didn't create a right angle, rather than a diagonal slope. In order for water and debris to drain properly, there needs to be a slope. Again, while it's not as aethetically pleasing, it's necessary to make the system work properly.
This downspout is much less likely to be damaged by a lawnmower or kids playing in the yard than if we had installed a straight gutter.> Add a comment >
With our wet, rainy season in the winter months in South Puget Sound, homeowners sometimes discover roof drainage problems that can not just become an inconvenience, but can actually cause damage to the home.
This local homeowner had a two-fold problem. The deck on this home is built on a platform so that it would be accessible from the main level of the home. This is a fairly common design in our landscape because many homes are built in hilly areas. When it rained, runoff from the roof would overflow onto the deck, making it difficult to enter and exit the home, and also causing water to permeate the soil next to the foundation. Over time, this could cause foundation damage.
Secondly, the home has an overhang designed to provide protection from the rain when entering the basement. However, rain was flowing off the overhang and right back into the basement landing area, creating a muddy mess, pooling water and increasing the chances of foundation problems.
We solved these issues by installing additional gutter to catch the water then crafted downspouts to carry water away from these areas.
It is very important to carry rainwater away from the foundation of your home. Over time, repeated saturation of the soil can cause stress to the foundation blocks, eventually causing crack and leaks to from. Installing a proper gutter system can quickly alleviate these problems, and will cost a lot less than having to make foundation repairs.
If you have an unusual drainage situation, Capitol Gutter will work with you, providing a free estimate and alternatives based on your needs and budget. Don't let a drainage issue become a foundation issue -- contact us today for a free estimate.> Add a comment >
Capitol Gutter can install gutters with different colors to match different parts of a house, like this olive green home with white trim. Here's an option we can provide that offers a slightly different look for a gutter installation. Most times, people will use a single gutter color, either to match the color of their home's exterior or the color of the trim. But it's also possible to do both by using two different colors of gutters.
In this example, the home is an olive green, but the trim is white. To complement the trim, the customer chose white gutters. However, they wanted the downspouts to blend in. To accomplish this, we used white for the gutters and the top part of the downspout, and then changed to an olive green for the elbow joints and remainder of the downspouts. This makes the gutters less obvious. Also, since it's a darker color, the green portions will hide dirt better.
At Capitol Gutter, we work with customers throughout Olympia and South Puget Sound to offer the best solution for their needs and budget. We treat each job individually and never treat you like just another invoice number. Contact us today for a free estimate.> Add a comment >