Copper Gutters: Are they the Right Choice for my Home?

Homeowners choose copper gutters for their elegance, but there are other benefits to consider.

Weathered Patina

Aged Patina Copper Gutters - Austin TXEsteemed 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.

Long Lifespan

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?

Copper Rain Gutters in Austin, TX - Installed by Gutter Tex

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.

They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including box-style, k-style, and half-round. The best design depends on the roof type and the square footage of the roof area.

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

Gutter Installation - Gutter Tex - New Braunfels, TX - Copper downspout on brick house

Seamless copper gutters are low-maintenance because they don’t rust or corrode.

However, regular gutter cleaning ensures twigs, leaves, dirt, and other debris keep water flowing away from your siding, foundation, and landscaping.

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?

Yes! If your budget doesn’t stretch to a copper gutter installation, but you prefer its elegant appearance, you can choose painted aluminum seamless gutters.

For instance, one of our preferred manufacturers, Senox, offers two faux copper gutter colors:

  • 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.


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