The beauty of copper gutters

I love copper gutters.

I pulled up to a house recently that had the most stunning copper gutters I have ever seen and the look is amazing. Rich, colorful and striking, the attention to detail that copper brings a home is incredible. The green patina was in full bloom and all you could say is “wow”.  However, copper does come with a hefty price tag and depending on the size of your home …. Do the math and you will soon find out how pricey it really is.  But, WOW!

Is a copper gutter system worth the expense? Professionals from think so but they also say that it depends on the house. A home set in a heavily wooded area the look is dramatic.  Out in the open in a new elopement with no trees they kind of stick out like a sore thumb.  Copper gutters will never go unnoticed but if you have the wrong style of home that’s all you will see so I believe some constructive help is needed in your decision making.  Copper is a bold statement to say the least.

It is true that a quality gutter system has a significant impact on the value and appearance of your home along with perfect roofing which is found at who gives you the completeness of your dream home. The material you choose will determine how often you need to clean out the gutters, how much maintenance they require, and how long they will last before you need to replace them. To be fair, most people regard gutters as something they need but don’t really care about. Just like roofing shingles. I get it. Some people feel that copper gutters and down-spouts are an unnecessary luxury and something the neighbors get to enjoy more than you. I’m not sure I would go that far but I see the point. For me, there’s the pleasure of driving up the road and pulling in the driveway aspect of your home that makes you feel good when you come home. That’s important to me and I hope it’s the same way for you as well.

copper gutter installation

Most homes are fitted with standard aluminum gutters because they’re cheap, easy to install and get the job done. But many homeowners are discovering that the gutter system can be much more than just functional. Copper gutters are an excellent choice for many reasons.

Here are four good reasons you should be considering copper gutters for your home:

1. The Cool Factor

When you have copper gutters and downspouts everyone in the world who drives by is going to notice your home. Plain and simple. Copper is not the everyday choice for gutters, downspouts, or flashing so any home owner is going to notice them on your home. Your home will probably be the only one in the neighborhood with a copper gutter system. Make sure you check out this article to protect your home from water problems. Copper adds sophistication, elegance, and value to your home, as well as increasing your curb appeal. In addition, copper offers two stylistic choices – based on the look you are trying to achieve. The reason you want copper gutters is for the oxidization, it will gradually form a coating, turning dark gray and—eventually—a lovely green color (patina). This can give the home a stately appeal and is the preferred choice among homeowners. The process takes a while—up to six years—to complete. If you desire the natural look of copper, you need to protect it with a sealant to prevent oxidation.  But who would do that?  You want the patina.  That’s why you went with copper in the first place.  (There are ways of increasing the speed of the patina.)


Copper has been used for centuries as copper does not rust and is a long-lasting metal. In fact, a copper gutter system will easily last for the life of your home and will be the last gutter system you’ll ever need. Most other materials rust away in a matter of years. Copper is extremely resistant to corrosion in a variety of environments and can withstand extreme temperature variations – unlike gutters made from other materials.


For the cost of copper it better be low maintenance.  In addition to being highly resistant to corrosion, copper is also an algaecide and fungicide. This prevents moss and other growth from forming blockages in the system that must be cleaned regularly. In addition to being visually pleasing, the patina coating acts as a protectant. Copper is easily the most trouble-free material to use for roofing, cladding, flashing, gutters, and downpipes.


I love eco-friendly items.  I believe it’s important Copper has nearly twice the recycled value of aluminum and almost four times the recycled value of stainless steel. New copper gutters are made from copper that is 70% to 100% recycled. It is eco-friendly and safe to use in almost any climate.

Here are some drawback to consider.


You should expect to pay almost double the cost of most other types of guttering. Based on recent market trends the estimated cost of a meter of copper guttering would be between $17.00 and $22.00 installed. These are national average prices and they vary from region to region.  This is not a DIY’er project and you will need to have it professionally installed.


Yes, it’s a tough but rewarding job even for us.  But when it’s done …. WOW!