Copper is a reddish brown mineral, which has been used for thousands of years by many cultures. It is closely related to silver and gold, as they all have many shared properties. Archaeological evidence suggests that it is among the earliest metals used by humans. Studies around the world have indicated that it was used to make utensils, jewelry, and even weapons. Copper’s name comes from Kyprios, named after Cyprus, an island which had highly productive mines in the Ancient world. Its atomic number is 29, placing it among the transition metals – helping to make this metal corrosion resistant.
Options For Gutters
- Classic half-round – half-round tubes, handles less volume
- Seamless ‘k-style’ – have flat bottoms and backs, and the front side of the gutter usually has a decorative shape, handle more volume
Copper gutters’ vintage look pairs perfectly with the decor of historic and high-end homes. Historic homes get an extra touch of class when the copper gutters patina as well.
Patina – The copper will start to green over time when a patina develops on top of the copper.
The patina can form from varying elements in the environment. It will initially darken from contact with oxygen to form copper oxide. When there is contact with carbon dioxide and copper, a copper carbonate forms. When either of these reacts to acidic rain or sulfur, the patina begins to form. The patina acts as a protective layer against farther corrosion and creates a desirable vintage or antique look.
Depending on the environment that copper is in, it will either turn green slower or faster. The closer it is to pollutants like urban air or salt-water, the faster it turns green.
Brick, stone, stucco, wood, and slate homes are materials that tend to look great with copper guttering.
One of the most appealing parts of copper gutters is the longevity.
Properly maintained copper gutters can last from 50-150 years. That’s longer than any other gutter material on the market. Most other materials last between 10-30 years.
Because of this strength, they are less likely to weaken or damage in weather conditions.
Ability to hold up in extreme weather conditions – hot summer temperatures over 100° and the subzero weather of harsh winters
Other than cleanings, copper gutters are very low maintenance because of the durability and quality of the metal.
To add even further to the aesthetic appeal of your copper gutters ornate/decorative hangers are also available.
Copper is one of the priciest gutter materials to use, however when looking at the big picture using this material can actually save you money.
The price for most homes ranges between 22-33 dollars per foot.
Initially, it is more expensive, however ultimately it turns out to be cheaper and here is why:
Over time, the savings from its durability and non-rusting properties will pay for itself. Due to their low maintenance and ability to withstand many weather conditions, these gutters can last up to 100 years, meaning they will not need to be replaced or reinstalled often at all, saving you more money than cheaper material in the end.
Let’s put it all together:
So, Why Copper?
- Visually appealing
- Extremely durable (can last for 50-150 years)
- Does not rust, or corrode
- Patina creates a desired antique look (no need to paint)
- Different style options
- Great value and saves money in maintenance in the long run