When homeowners are looking to install rain gutters, they usually opt for the old standbys: Vinyl or aluminum. But if you’re in need of new gutters, you should take the time to consider copper. Copper gutters are more than just a luxury home finish; they’re a beautiful, durable and practical choice for a home gutter system.
The Perks of Copper Gutters
- Copper gutters are beautiful.
It goes without saying that copper gutters are beautiful. That’s why they’re a popular choice for luxury home builders or homeowners looking to upgrade their curb appeal. Copper gutters pop and can make a home stand out. They provide a versatile look that works on everything from historical homes to modern new builds.
- Copper gutters age gracefully.
While they’re beautiful at installation, copper gutters retain their beauty for decades. Within years, they’re bright, coppery finish develops a unique green patina that homeowners love. If you love the look of weathered copper, you will have to do little to maintain your copper gutters. The shiny copper finish can be preserved, however, by applying a sealant every few years.
- Copper gutters are durable.
Eventually, gutters sag and leak. Right? Not necessarily. Copper gutters are soldered together, and they’re attached to the home with sturdy brackets. Unlike other gutter materials, copper doesn’t contract, expand and warp with changing temperatures. Because of that, copper gutters won’t leak, sag or pull away from your home.
- Copper gutters won’t rust.
Copper is a wonderfully durable metal. Unlike other metals, it won’t rust over time. That means you don’t have to worry about rust, corroding gutters causing leaks or degrading the look of your home.
- Copper gutters last.
Typical gutter systems last 10 to 20 years. Copper gutter systems can last more than a lifetime. With relatively little maintenance, your copper gutters can last up to 100 years.
Copper Gutters Even Save Money
Sure, the upfront cost of installing copper gutters can be high, as copper gutters are among the most expensive gutter options. But over time, your copper gutter system can save you money. Because they won’t leak, sag or pull away from your home, your gutter system won’t need the regular work of a handyman to stay in good shape. In fact, the only regular maintenance copper gutters require is semi-annual cleaning. On top of that, once you install copper gutters, you’ll likely never have to install a gutter system again.
If you are in the market for new gutters and think copper gutters might be right for you, call The Gutterman of TN! We can evaluate your home, talk to you about the benefits of copper gutters and provide you with a quote on the cost of installing copper gutters on your home. When The Gutterman of TN installs copper gutters on your home, you will enjoy beautiful, low-maintenance, worry-free gutters that will last a lifetime!
More and more, homeowners are trying to save on their utility costs while lessening the environmental impact on their homes. To that end, rain barrels have become popular home accessories. But while rain barrels have become an environmental buzzword, many homeowners aren’t familiar with rain barrels, their uses or their benefits.
What is a rain barrel?
As the name implies, a rain barrel is a vessel for collecting rainwater from your rooftop. It’s a large barrel — generally holding between 55 and 80 gallons of water —constructed from food-grade plastic. Different rain barrels come with different features, but they are usually topped with a screen or lid to keep out animals, bugs, and debris. Many have spigots to allow for the easy filling of watering cans or other containers.
How do rain barrels work?
Rain barrels are connected to a gutter downspout. The rainwater that rolls off of your rooftop and into your gutters travels through the gutter system and is deposited into the rain barrel.
How much rain do rain barrels really collect?
It doesn’t take much rain to see a benefit from your rain barrel. One inch of rain on 1,000 square feet of roof generates 600 gallons of rainwater. That means that it can take as little as 1/10 of an inch of rainwater to fill your rain barrel!
How much money can a rain barrel save?
Up to 40 percent of a home’s water usage during the summer months goes toward landscaping needs, according to the U.S. EPA. Using water collected in a rain barrel to water your lawn and garden during the summer months can save you from using up to 1,300 gallons of water. That saves you money on your water bill and lessens the burden on the overall water supply.
How do rain barrels help the environment?
During a normal rainfall, water rushes across rooftops, yards, and roadways, picking up pollutants before collecting in storm sewers and being deposited in rivers and streams. The pollution picked up leads to excessive algae growth and is bad for the aquatic wildlife. Rain barrels help to lessen the demand on storm sewers when rain hits. When you water your garden with the rainwater later, the water filters through the soil to remove some of the pollutants before it hits local waterways.
What can you use rain barrel water for?
The water collected in rain barrels is perfect for your lawn or your garden. In fact, the water collected in rain barrels is better for plants than tap water because it doesn’t contain chlorine or added minerals, such as fluoride. Water from your rain barrel shouldn’t be used for bathing or drinking unless you have a special filtration system designed to make the water safe for consumption.
How can you get a rain barrel installed?
If you’re ready to save money and lessen your home’s environmental impact, call The Gutterman of TN! We sell and install rain barrels, and we can help you find the right rain barrel for your home.