Welcome to a world where functionality meets beauty. Often overlooked, yet very essential, copper gutters play a very important role in the functionality of your home. Like with any decision involving your home, there should be some questions you ask yourself. For example, what are the pros and cons of gutters? Why choose copper gutters compared to other styles? What are the benefits of copper gutters? How do you properly clean copper gutters? Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with all of the answers to your questions!
What Are Copper Gutters?
Copper gutters are important drainage systems that get the water from your roof to the ground. This protects your roof’s foundation and walls from becoming overly saturated and will help prevent any potential rain damage. Copper gutters are known for their durability. Unlike traditional gutters, that are made from materials like aluminum or vinyl, copper gutters can last several decades due to copper's natural resistance to that annoying process we call rusting.
Pros and Cons of Copper Gutters
Let’s talk about the pros that Copper gutters and copper downspouts have to offer your home. The durability of these gutters will outperform your typical aluminum gutters. Copper does not rust easily compared to the traditional material. If maintained properly, these gutters could last up to 40 years without needing to be replaced. Not only will these gutters help your home be nice and dry, but they will also look good while doing it! Copper has a simple, yet fancy aesthetic that will complete your home by giving it that historic feel. They can also be the selling point if you were to put your house on the market.
Now, let's talk about some of the drawbacks that copper guttering has to offer. Just like many fancy and elegant things, the price tag it brings is nothing short of pricey. Copper guttering can cost you about two times more than your traditional gutter material. Many people want copper gutters but end up changing their mind once they see the price. Not only that, but copper guttering should also not be considered a DIY job. Unlike aluminum vinyl gutters, copper is very heavy and will make it harder to hand. This job should be done by professionals for the best result.
How to Maintain Copper Gutters?
Maintaining copper guttering and downspouts is relatively simple and can extend the lifespan of the material while also keeping that aesthetic appeal of your home.
General inspections should be done to your gutters. Try to do these about twice a year, more importantly during the spring and fall. Signs of damage in copper gutters can range anywhere from loose fasteners, dents, cracks, and sagging. If you see any leaks, address them immediately. Leaks can cause the accumulation of water in unwanted areas that could affect the home’s exterior or foundation.
Cleaning Copper Gutters and Downspouts
Although cleaning your copper gutter is a straightforward process, there are some steps you should take to get the best result. As always, Safety first: make sure you have a stable and proper ladder and wear safety gear such as gloves and goggles.
Next you want to remove any debris and follow up with a quick rinse to remove and loose dirt or grime on the surface.
After that, in a bucket, you will want to mix warm water with a small amount of mild dish soap (avoid using harsh cleaners or polishers whereas these could damage the copper).
Finally, you will want to grab a soft bristles brush or sponge and scrub those pesky stains out, rinse, and let dry.
If you see that your copper gutters have developed a little bit of a green-ish layer to it, do not worry, it is called Patina. Patina is a layer of oxidation that helps protect the copper from creating rust. This is perfectly normal and will help maintain the overall durability of your copper gutter. Rust will have a reddish tint to it. An easy way to remember is, Green is good, Red is bad!
Professional Copper Gutter Installation
Feazel is here to give your Midwest home the proper and professional installation when it comes to copper gutters. With over 30 years of experience, our gutter installation team will make sure to keep your home and roof protected from water damage. Contact us today for your free quote on copper gutter installation today!
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