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Pros and Cons of Copper vs. Aluminum Gutters

comparison picture of Copper gutters with a multi-color slate tile roof and white aluminum gutter with a multi-color natural slate roof.

Choosing between different types of gutters for your home can be difficult, especially when it comes to the various materials available. It is crucial to select gutters that suit your needs and provide optimal protection for your home. In the next few paragraphs, I will go over a few of the pros and cons of copper vs. aluminum as a material option for your gutters.

Let’s dive in and explore the advantages of copper gutters

To start off, copper gutters are not only functional but also decorative, adding a flair to your home. The beautiful color, especially when finished and polished, enhances the overall. Additionally, copper gutters are durable and long-lasting when properly maintained, lasting for decades without requiring replacement. These seamless gutters are custom designed for your home, minimizing issues caused by ice and snow, such as ice damming.

However, it’s important to consider the drawbacks of copper gutters. They are more expensive compared to other options due to their quality and appearance. Working with copper requires professional installation and custom designs, making the process more time-consuming. To ensure effectiveness, the entire gutter system must be made of copper, as other metals cause a chemical reaction that results in corrosion.

Despite these cons, the higher cost may be worth the quality. Professional installation by American Custom Contractors can provide excellent protection for your home during winter, and this visually pleasing material enhances the overall design of your most important asset, your home. One quick note, please remember to consider that copper patinas and the color changes dramatically over time.

Now let’s explore the advantages of aluminum gutters

Aluminum is the most common gutter material due to its affordability and reliability. Its lightweight nature makes it easier to install and customize. Aluminum is also coated with enamel to prevent rust, allowing for color customization.

The main advantage of aluminum gutters is their lower price tag. They are inexpensive and easier to work with, resulting in lower installation costs. Their reliability and affordability make them a great option for homeowners in need of new gutters.

However, aluminum gutters have their downsides. They are more susceptible to damage from things like hail or tree branches due to their lightweight nature. They also have less durability compared to other options and may require more repairs and maintenance. Although they can last a long time with proper care, they are more prone to rust and damage like cracking, separating seams, and denting.

Ultimately, the choice between copper and aluminum gutters depends on your priorities. If price is your main concern, aluminum gutters are the better choice. On the other hand, if longevity is of utmost importance, copper gutters are worth the initial investment. Consider your specific needs, such as the likelihood of hailstorms, and consult a local professional to get all your questions answered. The good news is that no matter which option you choose American Custom Contactors offers custom gutter fabrication services for all your needs. Give us a call 301.417.1000 and get a free quote today!

Congrats you have taken the first step just by reading this article, you are one step closer to making the perfect decision for you!

Stay warm and informed!

Pssst …. If you have questions about the size of the gutters your home needs, check out this post – How to Determine the Ideal Gutter Size for Your Home’s Roof Water Runoff

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