The Advantages of Copper Gutters
As we begin to head into spring here in the Middle Tennessee region, it is a good time to make sure that your home is ready for the rainy days that are ahead of us. Since we have already seen heavy rainfalls this year, your gutters are likely to have been working overtime to keep water away from your home. For the best protection against water penetration, you need a gutter system that is durable enough to withstand the strong storms that occur during this season. Without a dependable gutter system, you risk suffering devastating water damage to several components of your home, such as the windows, doors, fascia boards, the foundation, and even the landscaping. If your gutters have seen better days, you might want to consider replacing them to avoid extensive and expensive home repairs in the near future. For over 14 years, The Gutterman of Tennessee has provided superior professional gutter maintenance, repair, and installation services to Nashville and its surrounding area. Because owner Scott Brasfield specializes in custom tailoring a solution to meet your specific needs, you can count on personalized services that will be right for your home and your budget. Along with our exclusive Advantage Gutter System services, we also offer a variety of specialty gutters, which include beautiful and strong copper gutter systems. Not only is copper one of the most durable metals, but it also can give your home remarkable curb appeal with its ever-changing beauty. We would like to tell you more about the advantages of copper gutters to help you understand why they are such a smart investment in your home.
According to the article “Gutters of Copper: The All-Time Classic” in the magazine Metal Roofing, copper has the best and longest track record than any other building material that is commonly used today. Although it is not clear as to the first time that copper was used in building construction, archeologists in Northern Egypt discovered in 1999 a water transport system from 2505 BC which consisted of wrought copper pipes. What makes this metal so durable is how it protects itself from corrosion damage. When this metal has been exposed to the elements for years, it develops a lining that keeps it from rusting and from suffering other types of deterioration. Known as a Verdigris Patina, this lining makes it possible for a copper gutter system to last for as long as 100 years or even longer. Although the average time for this to occur is between 15 and 20 years, you will know when this lining has developed when the color of your gutters is transformed into a shade of green.
Attractive Curb Appeal
Not only will the Verdigris Patina protect your copper gutters from becoming damaged by rusting and other types of corrosion, but it will also add elegance and beauty to the exterior of your home. One of the best qualities of copper is how well its appearance coordinates with other types of natural building materials, such as stone, wood, and clay. You should keep in mind that the color of your copper gutters will be transformed over the next couple of decades during the weatherization process from the shiny and bright shade of a brand new penny to deeper hues of brown, then to bluish glows, and finally, to tones of green. The reason why this metal changes color has to do with how the oxygen in the air reacts with the copper sulfate on its surfaces. Although many homeowners love this color transformation, you can keep your copper gutters looking brand new by regularly buffing them with commercial cleaning products or even with homemade cleaners made from lemon juice and vinegar.
Another advantage of installing copper gutters to protect your home from water damage is that this metal is a natural algaecide fungicide, which means that you will not have to worry about moss and other types of growth clogging the gutters. Additionally, the installation of copper gutters does not require expansion joints because of its low thermal coefficient expansion. Gutters made from other types of metal materials will increase and decrease in size as the temperature changes throughout the year, and this can cause the gutters to buckle and crack over time. While copper gutters may be expensive to initially install, this type of system is a smart investment because you will not have to spend as much money on repairs and replacements in the future.
As a homeowner, one of your most important responsibilities is protecting your home from water penetration damage, and in order to keep your home as safe and dry as possible, you need a strong and durable gutter system. If you are looking for the best gutters for your house, The Gutterman of Tennessee is here to help you find the type of system that works with your home and with your budget. To learn more about the advantages of copper gutters, contact us today to schedule an appointment. You can count on Scott Brasfield to give you unsurpassed service and quality.