Copper gutters provide a unique look to the architectural design for homes and businesses and for many years it was one of the primary metals used for rain diversion. In its natural color, copper gutters stand out like many other metals cannot. If properly cared for, copper will retain its luster as it is not affected by water.
Copper gutters can be found in half round systems as well as in the most often used K style of gutters. Its gleaming finish stands out from the rest of the building greatly enhancing its beauty. Copper was used for several years but as the price escalated, other metals took its place in the construction industry.
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There are some advantages to using copper gutters, including the ability to solder any joints and not count on sealants to prevent leaks. Since the installation has to be performed using copper hangers and other fittings, it provides a distinct look to the building on which it is installed. By using soldered joints instead of using other types of sealants there is less of a chance for developing any leaks that can cause damage.
When installing copper gutters one of the important things to remember is not to mix metals within the system. Hangers, elbows and straps to fasten the downspouts to the house all need to be made of copper to ensure they do not suffer from oxidation by being in contact with other metals.
When looking into having a copper gutter system installed on a home experienced installers and quality material is at least as important as the price being charged. It takes a special understanding on how this type of system needs to be installed to ensure it lasts as long as it is intended. Not everyone will have the patience to install copper gutters correctly so the experience of the company becomes an important factor.
The materials used will also ensure the life of the system as some companies use a thinner copper sheet from which to form the gutters. This may be an advantage in lowering the cost, but it will also lessen the quality of the installation. This is especially crucial when the installation will contain numerous joints and downspout connections. Taking shortcuts on the quality of the materials can significantly add to the cost in terms of needed repairs and possible replacement sooner than should be required.