Copper is a beautiful metal & is chosen primarily due to its aesthetic qualities. Fun fact: Copper is the only metal other than gold with a natural color; all other metals exist naturally as grey or white. Copper gutters can be described as jewelry for your home: its brilliance upon first install will catch the eye just like a beautiful gold necklace. But copper is more than just a pretty metal; the addition of copper gutters will increase the value of your home for various reasons other than appearance.
Copper is a noble metal, so it naturally resists pitting and rusting like traditional metals tend to do when in contact with water. As it ages, a patina forms a protective layer that further protects it from corrosion. Copper is also naturally anti-microbial: it's able to resist the growth of organic material like mold or moss and is commonly used in roofing to combat such problems on chronically wet roofs. A soldered copper gutter system is a truly seamless gutter system, so natural thermal expansion on a home will not affect copper like a caulked system. While is copper a bold aesthetic statement, it’s also the longest lasting, lowest maintenance material you could choose for a gutter system.
Copper gutters have a life expectancy of roughly 100 yrs when installed correctly. The aesthetic improvement coupled with the unrivaled durability makes copper a great choice. While copper gutters are not included in LEED rating, they are 100% recyclable and copper manufacturing leaves a small carbon footprint. Couple that with its large contribution to a building’s overall environmental performance and it becomes clear why copper is such an amazing metal. It’s an environmentally friendly, durable, as well as a bold aesthetic statement for your home.