Looking for a distinct touch of class for your Chicago home? Copper gutters may be the perfect accent to make your dwelling stand out. They are shiny and gorgeous when installed, and if left untreated, they turn an elegant blue-green called “patina” as they age due to oxidation.
But if patina isn’t the look you crave, you can take steps to help your gorgeous copper gutters and downspouts maintain their original shiny look. Here’s how:
The Benefits of Copper Gutters
People choose the distinct look of copper gutters for their multiple advantages including:
Believe it or not, gutters can add to the beauty of your home. Without question, the curb appeal you attain with copper gutters is unmatched by other gutter materials such as aluminum, vinyl, or steel. Copper gutters are the perfect accent to a home’s looks.
Get unparalleled protection for your home from water intrusion and its costly results with copper gutter installation. Rest at ease knowing your gutters will do their job of protecting your home from water pooling around its perimeter and from foundation problems.
Superior performance & Durability
Copper gutters channel a significant amount of rain flow away from your home, so there’s no need for concern when storms arise. Heavy storms are no match for copper gutters. And being so strong, you can rest assured they will accomplish their job throughout their lifespan.
Their makeup means they never need to be painted, and they last for decades with simple upkeep, so you can spend time doing the things you love most.
How to Keep Your Copper Gutters Shiny
Some homeowners love the look of oxidized copper gutters, but if you prefer the shiny look your gutters displayed when they were first installed, you can keep them looking new with these simple tips:
If you already have copper gutters and they are tarnishing
If a dull tan hue is settling into your fairly new gutters, and they haven’t turned green yet, apply an effective cleaning solution to all the areas that have changed color. Here’s how:
- In a large bucket, combine four cups of each of the following: flour, salt, and vinegar. Mix thoroughly into a paste-like texture, and apply it to all the discolored areas with a soft-bristle scrub brush.
- Working on one section at a time, use a circular motion to apply the cleaning paste until the shine returns and the tarnish vanishes.
- Finish each area by wiping it down with a soft, slightly moist cloth, and inspect each section before moving on to the next to ensure no spots were missed.
- If you prefer, an eco-friendly copper gutter cleaning gel from the local home and garden retailer can be used to replace your gutter’s shine.
Prevent shiny copper gutters from discoloring by applying an antioxidant coating
When copper gutters are shiny again, you can block oxidation and keep them from turning green by following these steps:
- Purchase an antioxidant coating from your local home and garden retailer.
- Be sure it includes UV protectant to keep the coating itself from discoloring or dulling your copper gutters.
- Avoid the use of a lacquer coating, which discolors in the sun over time.
How long do copper gutters last?
While vinyl gutters last 10 years, and steel and aluminum don’t need to be replaced for 20 years, copper gutters don’t rust and last (on average) 60 years.
Copper gutters are even known to be so durable, they perform well for over 100 years with proper maintenance.
Install Premium Copper Gutter Systems for Optimal Results
Ensure your copper gutters have the best chance of keeping their shine by choosing a contractor who will install high-grade copper panels. Anything of lesser quality will result in faster oxidation.
At LeafCo, we install high-quality copper gutters on your roof eaves that deliver:
- Reliable protection from water damage
- Distinct beauty that lasts a lifetime
We draw from over 35 years of experience in the industry to ensure your gutter installation is done with exceptional attention to detail. We offer only premium-grade gutters and guard materials, responsive communication, and lasting results. Learn more about your entire gutter system by taking a look at our complete guide to Gutters and Gutter Guards.