Copper gutters are the most prestigious and elegant option for a rain gutter system. It truly adds that dramatic look and lasting value to your home. Copper is a much more expensive alloy as compared to an aluminum alloy.
The Merits of Using Copper
Copper has many advantages that has made it to be used in making copper gutters. They include:
- Copper is a long-lasting material. It is durable and can last up to decades.
- It is resistant to corrosion. Unlike other materials, copper will develop a fine, protective patina over time.
- It most definitely adds value to your home with the elegant look. Thus enhancing the beauty of your home.
- It does not require to be painted.
The Types of Copper Gutter Systems
Most of the copper gutters are five and six inch systems though they can be customized depending on specifications.Each type of copper gutters have its own advantage and disadvantages. Therefore, it is significantly important to choose the right one for your home.
- K-style copper gutters
This type of copper gutters emerged as enhancement to the classical half round gutter systems. It is much more efficient than the traditional half round gutter systems since a smaller k-style gutter will drain as much water as a large half round gutter system.
- Half round copper gutters
They are the most traditional form of copper gutters. The profile is usually a half circle that resembles a smooth arc. Due to it lacking rough edges, it provides a more efficient flow of water based debris and they are much easier to clean than other copper gutters.
- High-back copper gutters
- They are usually a one-piece type combining the gutter itself with the apron into one unit. It is rendered much more efficient in preventing snow, ice and other precipitation from being trapped in the space between the flushing and the system itself. They can also be customized into variants of k-styles and half rounds.
- Inlaid copper gutters
They are the least common of all copper gutters. They are mostly found in older homes such as the Victoria variety. They add a sense of visual appeal to the project as a whole.
- Box copper gutters
The name is from their rectangular shape and are also an old version of the copper gutters. They are best for providing drainage between parallel surfaces on a roof. They have large girth, therefore preventing most overflows and debris clogs.
The Price of Copper Gutters
The cost of copper gutters is quite expensive as compared to other materials used in making gutters. The cost of pro-installation; labour and materials can cost up to $12 to $25 per linear foot. The downspout sections can cost $125 and more per ten feet. The corners and outlets can cost up to $19 each.