Why Choose Copper Gutters?
By Mike Milliman
Many individuals are now turning to the copper rain gutters to ensure that rainwater is trapped and routed to the right place. It is rather disheartening when a bad gutter system causes rainwater to flow into a person’s home. The damage ends up far exceeding what the cost of a new gutter system would have been. This is why it is important to always monitor your gutters to make sure they don’t need replaced.
But if they do need replaced, copper gutters are a sensible choice. This is because they do not rot or rust. They can also withstand any and all weather conditions that plague your particular area. It doesn’t matter if it is 5 degrees or 100 degrees outside, a copper gutter can withstand virtually anything.
You really don’t have to worry about what a copper gutter will look like on your home because they match the many different styles and colors that homes come in nowadays. Furthermore, everyone is bound to notice the copper gutter system on your home for the fact that it does look different. It doesn’t look like your standard aluminum gutter system that is painted in white and dented in various places. The copper gutter is visually appealing to anyone and everyone. Perhaps this is because it is easy to maintain the gutter’s natural shine by applying sealants. These sealants can be purchased at virtually any hardware store.
However, you can ignore keeping the shine because some individuals who own stucco, stone or cedar homes prefer the copper to turn green because it simply preserves the essence of the home.
As for maintenance, not a lot is required. They are very durable; much more durable than your standard gutter. However, the standard cleaning still stands. You have to make sure that your copper gutter is not clogged so that water does not spill over and go where it is not supposed to. This is also so that water does not get under the shingles on your roof. This could weaken your roof.
In other words, you can expect that your home will be better protected. This can reduce the overall maintenance you have to perform on your home because you do not have to deal with external water damage.
Something that really appeals to homeowners using a copper gutter system on their home is that they are affordable, although they are more expensive than your traditional gutter system. This is due to the copper coats are genuine. But what is most important is that they are cheaper in the long-run than aluminum or iron gutters because the overall maintenance is cheaper. In addition to less maintenance, copper gutters will last 60-100 years, which means you’ll replace your aluminum gutters several times over the same time period. This means a lot of money can be saved in the future.
So if you are looking for a cost-effective solution that not only saves you money in the copper gutter itself, but also reduces other costs, then you now know which route to take. As for installation, they can be a bit tricky, so know that you can always contact a professional to give you a hand if you need to.
Mike Milliman is founder and partner of GutterSupply.com, the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper gutter supplies, gutter machines, and related tools and equipment.