If you’ve been in the market for premium gutters for your home in Vancouver or Portland, then you’ve probably considered copper gutters. We’ve talked before about whether or not you should get copper gutters, but here are the pros and cons of this high-end home upgrade.
Pro: Copper Gutters Have a Classy Polish That Adds Value
Nobody can deny that any gutter system looks as gorgeous as copper gutters. Their living finish adapts to their environment as they age, but never rusts. Compared to aluminum gutters, copper gutters enhance a home’s facade, complementing it rather than detracting from it. Especially in the rainy Pacific Northwest, copper gutters can add on to a house’s value.
Con: It Can Be Expensive
Copper gutters are a premium product, so they don’t come cheap. They can cost significantly more than aluminum gutters, and because using non-copper nails, fasteners, and fittings can corrode the copper this just makes the price even higher. Having a skilled installer can help lower the price, but you can expect to still pay more than other options.
Pro: They Are Very Durable
Copper gutters may be expensive, but for the price you will get some of the toughest, sturdiest gutters available. According to Bob Vila, TV’s original home improvement guru, copper gutters can last up to a hundred years if they are installed properly!
Con: You Will Need an Experienced Installation Expert
Proper installation brings us to our second con — copper gutters cannot be installed by just anyone. As a metal, copper can be tricky and requires an installer with previous copper experience, and they must be seamlessly fit to your home. This can be great because it means your gutters are fit to your home’s unique needs, but it also means that the process can be lengthy and is not a DIY project.