Copper Gutters: Are they the Right Choice for my Home?
Homeowners choose copper gutters for their elegance, but there are other benefits to consider.
Esteemed for its beauty, copper patina is like adding jewelry to your home’s exterior.
For a short time after installation, copper gutters look shiny and new. As copper ages, it develops a blue-green patina caused by oxidation.
The patina also adds a layer of protection against deterioration, rust, and corrosion.
Copper gutters last 60 to 100 years as compared to the average 15- to 20-year lifespan of aluminum rain gutters.
Though copper is a more expensive option upfront, it pays for itself in the long term because of its durability and the resale value it adds to your home.
Hinders Fungi and Algae
Copper is a natural fungicide and algaecide. This means it inhibits the growth of moss, algae, lichen, mildew, and mold that could clog your gutters and cultivate around the roof and eaves.
Would Copper Gutters Look Good on my Style of Home?
You’re right if you think copper gutters look gorgeous on traditional, historical, or Victorian-style homes.
Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright favored copper gutters on the homes and buildings he designed. His goal was to create a striking visual element on the exterior that also served an important function.
But in the modern age, copper gutters adorn Contemporary, Colonial, Tudor, Craftsman, Bungalow, and Spanish-style homes.
Copper Gutter Installation
Gutter Tex customizes your copper gutter system based on careful measurements, including the pitch of the roof, type of eaves, and slant of the fascia.
Every component of your system is copper to ensure a uniform look, including hidden hangers and end caps.
How to Maintain Copper Gutters and Downspouts
Seamless copper gutters are low-maintenance because they don’t rust or corrode.
Cleaning your gutters also helps prevent pests such as ants, mosquitoes, mice, and other critters from creating nests or feeding on the organic matter.
Use care with gardening tools when working around downspouts to avoid scratching the surface.
Polishing is optional, but if you choose to do so, use a mixture of 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups salt, and 2 cups flour to form a paste. Apply to the copper with a soft cloth and wipe clean.
Are There Less Expensive Alternatives to Copper?
- Copper Metallic is a painted aluminum gutter that has a slight patina and resembles the look of a new penny.
- Rustic Copper is another painted aluminum gutter that looks like aged copper. It has a two-tone textured finish that mimics copper’s patina.
Painted aluminum gutters do not patina like authentic copper.
Schedule a Free Consultation
The professionals at Gutter Tex will answer your questions and help you decide if copper gutters are right for you. Your estimate can break down a cost-comparison between Copper, Aluminum, or Galvanized materials.
Take advantage of our friendly, no-obligation consultation service. Contact us today and discover more about the beauty and functionality of a seamless copper gutter system for your home.