Earlier this week, aluminum gutters were highlighted as a low-cost and sturdy gutter material, making them a popular choice for many homeowners. 

This installment in the four-part series on gutter materials will overview copper gutters, widely hailed as a stunning architectural feature to add to a home. Copper is a high-end gutter material not only because of its aesthetic appeal but also for its durability as one of the strongest metals available for gutters.

Like aluminum gutters, copper gutters can be installed in sections or in a seamless design. To help you determine whether copper is the right material for your gutters, let's explore some of the pros and cons of copper gutters:

Average Life Expectancy: When properly maintained, can last the life of a home 

Advantages of Copper Gutters

  • High-end gutter material that will beautify and add value to a home 
  • Very durable metal that outlasts other options 
  • Joints between sections are soldered during installation, eliminating the need for periodic maintenance and sealant application 
  • Can be customized on-site into seamless gutters that fit perfectly on your home

Disadvantages of Copper Gutters

  • Most costly gutter material 
  • Value of copper makes even your downspouts a target for thieves
  • Labor-intensive installation, particularly when installed as sectionals
  • Will gradually fade into characteristic green patina color, so don't expect the shiny copper color to stay

With the high costs associated with copper gutters and the intricacy of the installation, it’s especially important to work with a knowledgeable professional who will protect the investment you are making in your home.

To learn more about additional rain gutter materials, check out our blog articles detailing the advantages and disadvantages of aluminum, steel, and vinyl gutters.

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