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"How much do copper gutters cost per square foot?"
Copper is the most expensive gutter material, with prices ranging from $10 to $15 or more per linear foot, according to GutterSupply.com. However, this is just the cost of the gutter material itself — it doesn’t account for the price of accessories or installation.
Here’s a breakdown of the costs of a copper gutter system for an average home that requires 200 feet of gutters:
Copper gutter material: $2,000 to $3,000
Copper gutter accessories (such as gutter hangers): $650
Copper gutter installation: $1,000 to $2,000
Total copper gutter system cost: $3,6500 to $5,6500
Keep in mind, however, the cost of copper can fluctuate, and prices vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some copper gutters can cost $30 to $40 per linear foot or more, according to HomeAdvisor.com.
"How long do copper gutters last?"
Copper gutters are the most durable gutters you can purchase. With the right upkeep, a copper gutter system can last 50 years or more.
Like all gutters, copper gutters should be regularly cleaned or inspected at least twice a year and kept free of debris such as leaves and pine needles, which can help extend their lifespan. If you aren’t comfortable working on a ladder, you can enlist the help of a professional gutter cleaning company.
"What is the benefit of installing copper gutters?"
Copper is the most durable type of gutter material, and a copper gutter system can last twice or even three times as long as a vinyl or aluminum gutter system —50 years or more, for example. Copper gutters are also aesthetically pleasing, and can add a high-end appearance or Old European-style to your home.
"Should I repair or replace my copper gutters?"
Copper gutters should last for 50 years or more, so if your gutter system is only a few decades old, consider calling a contractor to assess the damage. Small holes or cracks in the gutter system may be able to be repaired, whereas gutters that are pulling away from the home (for example, after a heavy rainstorm) will likely need to be replaced by a professional gutter installation company.
One benefit of having copper gutters is that, unlike other materials, copper doesn’t corrode.
"How can I tell if my copper gutters are working properly?"
A gutter system is designed to channel rainwater away from your home’s foundation, so if your copper gutters are failing to work properly, you may notice moisture buildup or water damage in your basement or behind your walls, which can cause mold, rot, and more.
For this reason, gutters are your home’s unsung heroes. In fact, many homeowners will only notice their gutter system when it isn’t working properly.