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What To Look For In Copper Gutters

Everyone loves the timeless beauty of copper gutters on a home.  They add charm and character, giving it uniqueness while showing off the architectural features of the house.  Having copper gutters installed is a great way to make your house stand out above the rest.  

Why Copper

The decision to go with copper for your gutter material may not be an easy one.  There is a much higher initial cost than with its vinyl and aluminum counterparts.  Aside from being a more expensive material, copper gutters require soldering at the joints and seams so the installation takes longer so the cost is higher.  

But one of the reasons people choose copper gutters besides their sheer beauty is their durability.  When you take into consideration that properly-installed and maintained copper gutters can last a century, they are a cost-effective solution.  They’re strong enough to withstand the harshest weather and resist rust and corrosion that could cause them to deteriorate.  Imagine never having to get gutters installed on your home again!

What To Look For

If you’re going to go through the added initial expense of copper gutters, you need to make sure it’s done right.  

Copper Fasteners―If you don’t use copper screws, nails, and other fasteners and brackets, they will stick out like a sore thumb and they’ll fail before your gutters do.  You can use steel ones if they’re copper-coated so they’ll age with the same lovely green-blue patina that the gutters will.  Copper fasters will be durable and highly resistant to corrosion just like the gutters.  

The Weight―Lightweight gutter systems are made with thinner sheets of copper resulting in a lower-quality product.  If you’re going copper, do it right and buy a high-quality product.  

The Style―There are generally 2 styles used for copper gutters.  K-style (that from the side looks like the letter K) and the half-round.  Copper gutters look more natural in the half-round style and tend to require less maintenance.  

Accessories―Yes!  Accessorize your gutters!  You can buy decorative brackets, beautiful copper hoppers, and downspouts, as well as copper rain chains that are a lovely alternative to downspouts.  They’re a great way to add more character to your home. 

The Installation―Copper gutters should be installed by professionals who have the right experience.  Working with copper isn’t easy and it requires soldering all the seams.  Did you know that fingerprints on copper gutters make them look drab and shabby?  Professional gutter installers do.  They know that when they finish a job, the customer wants to see gutters that look like shiny new pennies, not covered in ugly smudges.  

If you’re interested in having copper gutters installed on your home, call the professionals at Gutter Pros.  At Gutter Pros, we’re experts in all gutters and have the knowledge and experience to install your copper gutters the right way so they’ll last a lifetime.  We’re the leaders in commercial gutters, copper gutters, and leaf protection in the St. Louis area and have been for 15 years.  Call GutterPros today at (314) 656-7195 and we’ll help you decide if copper gutters are right for you.