Installing Copper Rainwater Systems
The Basics of Copper Gutters
Copper gutters are one of the few installations on your home that retain their fiscal value. Copper is a precious investment of metal that protects your home. It’s chemical reaction to water and air make it resist corrosion by growing a layer of protective patina. Properly installed copper gutters can last a lifetime- around 150 years.
Our rain water system has seamless downspouts, which prevent moisture from accumulating. Seams allow water to pass even in small amounts, and the freezing of this moisture in could actually pry open holes in the system.
Below shows a sample of copper as it ages (click to enlarge):
Why Choose Copper Gutters?
A well built home can last for several generations. Why install a system that would not stand the test of time. Aluminum gutters maybe last 20 years with constant maintenance. Copper and zinc gutters can survive 60+ years with minimum maintenance and well past 100 years if installed and inspected properly. Rather than corroding, copper builds a patina on its surface which protects it from the watery destruction that befalls other metals.
Many gutter systems are painted because the metal has little value and does not have aesthetic value. Rare metals such as zinc and copper have a natural and surviving beauty, classy and charming. Like a fine wine, the copper gets better with age. As the years pass, the copper changes its color.
These gutters need only a small amount of maintenance, especially the downspouts are seamless like ours. European-style gutters are shaped like a bowl to encourage the water away from the house by simple physics.
Instead of faulty and deteriorating caulking, the copper in the systems is soldered. The metal, along with zinc, is recyclable, though you won’t be recycling it in your lifetime.
Examples of Copper Rain Gutter Installations
This is a gutter installation on a residential home by one of our partners, Padgett Guttering.
This is a EuroGutterUSA installation by CopperWorx, Inc., headquartered in Lakeland, FL.
These were installed by one of our partners, Padgett Guttering.
How Much Do Copper Gutters Cost Compared to Aluminum?
Aluminum Gutter Cost
The average Aluminum gutter system will be replaced around 7 times in 150 years, once every other decade
The total 150-year cost of such a system on a 2,400 sq foot home equals $6,026.72
Copper Gutter Cost
When installed professionally, you will never live long enough to see it replaced
15 decades of a single copper system of a 2,400 sq foot home comes out to $2,928.86
*All prices subject to change