Choosing a gutter system is important to the value and appearance of your home. There are many different types of gutter materials on the market today, including aluminum, copper, steel, zinc and vinyl. Choosing the right material will determine how long your gutter system lasts and how much maintenance will be required. While aluminum is the most popular gutter system material due to its ease of installation and low cost, some homeowners are looking to copper as an excellent alternative.
A copper gutter system is a good way to set your home apart from others in the neighborhood. It adds an old-world elegance and sophistication that increases curb appeal. Copper gutters can come in two different styles. The natural look of copper has more of a shine and requires a protective sealant to prevent oxidation. However, some prefer the look of oxidized copper, giving it a darker gray and eventual green patina.
Durable and Flexible
Copper is a durable, long-lasting metal that does not rust. A copper gutter system will last the lifetime of your home, while other materials can rust and corrode in a matter of years. It can withstand harsh environments and extreme temperatures. Copper is also very flexible due to its low thermal co-efficient of expansion, allowing it to withstand cracking or buckling like aluminum gutters.
Copper is corrosion resistant and long lasting. It is also an algaecide and fungicide, preventing moss and other growth from blocking your gutter system. Additionally, the green patina of oxidized copper helps to serve as a protective layer. All of this helps to reduce the regular maintenance you are often tasked with when owning aluminum and other gutter materials.
Copper is one of the few naturally produced, fully sustainable metals, allowing use without damage to the environment or depletion of resources. While other, more corrosive materials can break down over time, copper can be continuously recycled. Its recycling value is almost twice the value of aluminum and four times the value of stainless steel.
Installing a copper gutter system can increase the value of your home while saving you money over time. If you are interested in a free estimate on a new copper gutter system, contact us today!