Copper rain gutters are a great investment. They are extremely durable and long lasting, standing up to elements like rain and wind far longer than gutters made of materials like vinyl or aluminum. Unlike traditional gutters, copper gutters are also attractive and decorative.
However, copper gutters can be pricey. The material is more expensive than vinyl, galvanized steel or aluminum, and you’re paying extra for durability and additional years of use. Also, installation of copper gutters requires a trained specialist - it is not a do-it-yourself project.
Copper gutters are most popular for historic restorations, although they can add a unique and unexpected touch to any home. They can be plain or embossed for an even more decorative look. If you’re interested in copper gutters, keep in mind that the copper will patina with age - or take on a light green to brownish-green hue - but most people consider this change in color attractive.
There are several different styles of copper gutters, each named after its shape:
- K-style: Account for more than 80 percent of copper gutters; lowest material and labor costs
- Half-round: Decorative copper gutters with a historical flair
- Half-round euro: European-style round gutters
- High-back gutters: A one-piece gutter system that combines the gutter and the gutter apron; also known as apron gutters
Copper gutters can be seamed or seamless. Seamless gutters are less likely to leak because the corners are the only seams. Seamed varieties are sold in lengths anywhere from 5 feet to 20 feet. Copper gutters are also available in various weights, including 16 ounces, 18 ounces and heavier.
According to This Old House, copper gutters usually cost about $13-$17 per linear foot. This is two to three times the cost of vinyl, galvanized steel or aluminum gutters but considerably less than stainless steel gutters.
- For a small home with 160 linear feet of gutters, budget anywhere from $2,100-$2,600.
- Copper gutters for a mid-sized home with 200 linear feet of gutters would cost about $2,800-$3,300.
- For a large home with 250 square feet of gutters, plan on spending about $3,500-$4,000.
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