Although most people typically design their gutters and downspouts as an afterthought to their building and remodeling; they are one of the most critical components to keeping your home’s integrity sound. Gutters are the first line of defense that your home or dwelling has against the soil erosion that can lead to cracks in your foundation. They work by moving water away from your home so that it doesn’t sit pooling and leading to structural damage. Before you choose your gutters and downspouts, consider the benefits of copper and what it can do for both the aesthetics and overall protection of your home’s exterior.
Enhanced Curbside Appearance
Copper is a material that looks better over time. It provides an upgraded appearance that will make any home’s exterior unique and elegant. It also comes in several designs to fit any style you are trying to achieve. If you allow copper to oxidize, it will begin to gray and create a beautiful patina, reminiscent of old-world charm. So, it is a material that only looks better as it ages.
Copper is a material that is highly resistant to corrosion and is also a natural fungicide and algaecide. Due to its natural properties, it prevents moss and other growth from blocking the gutter system entirely. That means less maintenance for you, the homeowner. The patina coating that develops as it ages also works to protect the copper. So although copper gutters and downspouts might cost upfront, they last longer, and they require less work to maintain.
Copper is a highly flexible material that can be molded better to fit around turns and twists without any joints that can erode or come apart. Because it can expand and contract easily, it is less likely to buckle or crack. Unlike other materials like aluminum, copper can withstand the curvature of your home’s exterior without causing weaknesses that can break and cost more over the years.
Copper is a naturally occurring material that is completely sustainable. It won’t hurt the environment or deplete natural resources. Only about 12 percent of the copper reserves globally have been mined, to date. And copper is a recyclable material that breaks down and won’t be rotting in a landfill long after you are done with it. Once more, copper gutters are made from as much as 70 to 100% recycled material.
Copper is a material that is naturally occurring and will enhance the aesthetic appeal of any home. It is also highly eco-friendly, durable, and virtually maintenance-free. If you need new gutters and downspouts, although copper might be a bit pricier than other materials, it will more than pay off in the long run. And when you are done, it will not be a hazard sitting in a landfill forever. At Gutter Boyz, we offer the highest quality copper material with expert install to make your curbside appeal that much more appealing. Contact us today to discuss your overall gutter design and materials choice.