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Copper Gutters

Gutters are a necessary so that water from rain and melting snow do not damage a houseís structure. Most gutters are made from wood or metals (such as aluminum or steel), and although functional, these ordinary materials add little to the architectural detail of the house. If you want gutters that will add real distinction to your property, you should consider copper gutters. Copper gutters and downspouts are generally more expensive, but copper will not rot or rust and instead develops an increasingly rich patina that adds a sculptural dimension to any building.

If you are thinking of installing copper gutters, consider the following:

  • You should only use an installer who is experienced in working with copper. Coppersmiths work with special tools and have developed particular skills to handle many different building requirements. For example, copper is easy to burn (resulting in unattractive discoloration) during installation, so many workman will not use a torch on copper gutters.
  • Your installer should wear a clean pair of gloves whenever he handles the copper. Natural oils from human hands will leave unattractive spots wherever the copper is touched.
  • If you are replacing or repairing your roof, you will need to make sure that all loose pieces of the roofing shingle material are blown or swept away so that they do not collect in the gutter and discolor the copper.

Since they are not painted (and thus will not chip or peel), copper gutters themselves need little maintenance. They do need to be cleaned of leaves and any other obstructions such as twigs or animal nests every autumn, so that they will function properly in winterís freezing temperatures.

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