Your gutter system is very important when it comes to preserving your home and keeping it protected from the elements. A copper gutter system can be a great way for you to keep your home protected from snow, rain, ice and other debris. If you are looking to replace your current gutter system, and have been considering copper gutters, you are not alone. Millions of Americans are switching to copper gutters, and for good reason.
Copper gutters can be a great way to add a touch of flair to your home. They start out as shiny new copper, but the actual color of your gutters will change over time. Copper will tend to vary in color depending on what type of climate that you live in. Think about how the Statue of Liberty has changed color over time, and it is also made up of copper.
Copper gutters really do set your home apart from the rest, and gives it that custom look. They also really do offer a lot in the way of performance. Copper gutters and downspouts can really get the job done better than some of the other gutter options on the market. This is one of the main reasons that people opt for copper gutter systems.
The good thing about copper gutters is that the are made to last. They are really durable, and copper does not ever rust. This means that you won’t ever have to worry about painting your copper gutters. If you do decide that copper gutters are right for you, it is important that they be installed by a professional. These are not seamless gutters, so all seams and joints within your gutters will have to be soldered together to prevent leaks.
The overall cost of copper gutters and their installation can be a bit pricey. This is because they are a lot more difficult to install than your average aluminum or vinyl gutter systems. The extra cost, however, can really be worth it when it comes to how long they will last. Steel or aluminum gutters do not typically last as long as copper gutters, which is one reason why they tend to cost more. It is also important to understand that copper is just an expensive metal these days.
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Why You May Consider Copper Gutters and Downspouts
There are actually quite a few reasons why people choose copper gutters and downspouts. First, they do not tend to corrode. Copper is not a corrosive material. That means that if your gutters are made of copper, they are going to be durable and will never rust out or wear down. Copper does weather, and turn into a patina color, but this can usually be cleaned to restore the original copper color. They can also be stained to have a different color patina, if you prefer this.
When choosing copper gutters, you also have to make sure that the seams are soldered. We touched on this already, but it is really important because this helps to prevent leaks. Some types of gutters are sealed with a special type of sealant that can wear down over time. Properly soldered copper gutters, however, will withstand the test of time without ever needing to worry about a leak.
Copper gutters are also not really made to just blend in with your home. The key to this type of gutter is for them to stand out. When you have copper gutters, you can see their unique style. You can also see that they are made to last. This can be a great selling point for your home if you are thinking of putting your home on the market any time soon.
Types of Copper Gutters to Consider
As you shop around for the perfect gutters, you will see that they come in a variety of different sizes and shapes. You can choose from 5 or 6 inch k-style seamless copper gutters, which are really a great choice. K-style gutters are not only easy to install and seamless, but they are also easy to keep clean and maintained due to their shape. These are actually some of the most popular styles of copper gutters on the market.
Other types that you may consider ar half round single and double gutters, half round radius gutters, rectangular or square downspouts, round smooth or corrugated downspouts, and more. You may also consider having gutter guards installed to protect your new investment. You can discuss all of your gutter options with a gutter professional. They will be able to help you choose which products will be best for your home.
Having Your Copper Gutters Properly Installed
We already talked about how copper gutters need to be professionally installed. You will want a contractor that has experience in the copper gutter industry. They will start out by attaching gutter brackets and making sure that they have proper measurements. Then, they will cut the gutters to the proper length and solder the end caps to make sure that there is a tight seal.
On top of soldering the end caps, each of the seams must also be soldered to ensure that the water cannot escape the gutters. They will then drill a hole for the downspout to be installed. The downspouts are also installed with brackets that are attached to the side of your home. This helps to keep it secure. All work should then be carefully checked to ensure quality.
It is important that your contractor not cut corners to ensure a job well done. This is why you should always ask to see previous work done by the contractor, and get references. The best contractors will have a proven track record in the industry. They will also usually offer a free estimate. This gives them a chance to come out and take a look at your home and help you to determine exactly what you need when it comes to your gutters. They will then be able to give you an accurate quote based on your own personal needs.
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