Copper Gutters and Downspouts

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In general, gutters aren’t necessarily an element of curb appeal. We often think of gutters as being invisible. They tend to be camouflaged to blend in and not be noticed. After all, their main job is to be functional. They primarily serve the essential function of directing rainwater away from your home. 

Copper gutters, on the other hand, add a beautiful accent to your home, boosting your curb appeal and adding durability that can’t be reproduced by aluminum or vinyl gutters. 

Copper gutters have an old-world style that can elevate the appearance of any home, regardless of its architectural style.  Unlike other materials that may fade or deteriorate over time, copper develops a distinguished green/blue color that enhances its beauty with age. The greenish blue layer, called verdigris patina, also gives the copper its durability, providing an additional coating of protection for the copper. 

The warm, rich tones of aging copper complement a variety of home exteriors, from brick and stone to wood and stucco, adding character and charm to your home’s facade. Copper gutters are perfect for historical buildings and match well with slate roofs. 

What are Copper Gutters?

Copper gutters are made out of the metal copper which is a soft, malleable metal that can be pulled into long thin sections without breaking. That makes it ideal for gutters. Unlike steel gutters, copper doesn’t rust, increasing its lifespan significantly.

One of the most significant advantages of copper gutters is their exceptional durability. Copper is a resilient metal that can withstand the elements, including harsh weather conditions and cades, providing long-term protection for your home’s foundation and landscaping. If taken care of properly, copper gutters can last 30 to 50 years or more. 

Copper Gutters Are Eco-friendly

Copper is a highly sustainable and eco-friendly material, making it an excellent choice for environmentally conscious homeowners. Unlike plastic or vinyl gutters that can contribute to landfill waste, copper gutters are fully recyclable and can be repurposed at the end of their lifespan. By choosing copper gutters for your home, you are making a sustainable investment that minimizes your environmental footprint and contributes to a greener future.

Do Copper Gutters Turn Green? 

Yes! Eventually, copper will develop a green color known as verdigris patina if it’s not polished off. You can keep your gutters copper-colored by polishing them, but you lose the protection that the patina provides. 

How Long Do Copper Gutters Last?

Copper gutters have a lifespan of 30-50 years or longer. Some companies estimate that with proper care and maintenance, they can last up to 80-100 years.  

Do Copper Gutters Need to be Cleaned?

While copper is smooth and does have some natural protection from algae, copper gutters still need to be cleaned twice a year. Because copper is a softer metal, it’s best if the cleaning is done by professionals who have worked with copper gutters in the past. 

Can You Put Gutter Guards on Copper Gutters?

Yes! You can install gutter guards on copper gutters. However, it’s important to carefully select an appropriate gutter guard due to the softer metal of copper. Like cleaning, gutter guard installation is best left to professionals who have experience with copper gutters. 

Upgrading to Copper Gutters

If you’re considering upgrading your home’s gutter system, we invite you to explore our range of copper gutters and discover the timeless beauty and benefits they can bring to your home. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and experience the difference that copper gutters can make to your curb appeal. 

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