Aluminum gutters are very popular in San Diego CA. But along our coastline copper is prized due to its high-end looks and nautical style appeal. They both do a great job protecting your home from rain but they are for two completely different types of metal. So if you want solid protection at a mid-level price, then aluminum gutters are a good choice. Copper costs more and is best suited those who are willing to pay more for something special, and longer lasting.
PROS & CONS
Aluminum Rain Gutters
- Aluminum costs less than copper.
- Due to its lightweight design and that it’s a soft metal, aluminum installs easily. Therefore installation costs might reflect this.
- You can get aluminum gutters in about 25 different colors. This is because the gutters are covered with enamel that protects them against rust.
- You can paint aluminum gutters to match your home.
- Though aluminum does not rust it does oxidize and break down over time (about 20 years). This can happen faster if you don’t maintain the enamel layer or the paint.
- Aluminum succumbs to thermal in a hot environment. High or quickly changing temperatures can be harmful to aluminum gutters.
Copper Rain Gutters
- Copper gutters can last as long as your home does. Aluminum has a good longevity of 20 years, but copper will last much longer, in the 50-60 years range.
- Many people like copper’s unique color. It will also turn brown or fade into a green patina over time, which many homeowners love. At the same time, this might be an issue if you don’t like how patina looks.
- Copper is stronger and more durable than aluminum. Aluminum will crease and dent if something hits it, but copper is less likely to show damage.
- Copper is an expensive metal. If you want to buy copper gutters then ready yourself to pay twice as much as aluminum. Installation is also harder to install due to it’s weight.
- Thieves might target your house for gutter removal because copper is very valuable. They can easily make a lot of money in recycling by just taking your gutters, which may be an issue in certain neighborhoods.
Are copper gutters worth it?
Copper gutters as an investment in your home since they’re more expensive than standard aluminum gutters. But, as with most home improvements, sometimes the added investment is well worth it. Aluminum gutters are the standard industry choice because they’re cheap, reliable and easy to install.
Do copper gutters change colors?
Copper has a high corrosion resistance. Depending on the environment that copper is in, it will either turn brown or green. And it might be a slow change or faster. The copper starts to green when a patina develops on the copper. The patina can form from varying elements in the environment. Copper either goes brown or green then turquoise after prolonged exposure to moisture. Without accelerating the process, it can actually take 20 years or more in dry climates for this patina to develop. In wet climates, such as along the ocean, it could go faster.
How do you keep copper from corroding?
Clean or polish copper to the desired sheen, clean off any residue and apply a protective coating to protect the copper from tarnish and corrosion. Copper with patina can be protected from fading and tarnish. If you want to stop the patina at a certain point, you can seal in the color of the copper at any point.
How long do copper gutters last?
Copper gutters typically last at least 60 years, and they can last up to 100 years with proper maintenance. Much of copper’s long life is due to its ability to resist corrosion, which can signal an early end to other metals.
How long does aluminum gutters last?
Aluminum gutters have an expected lifespan of 20 years. However this can double with proper care and barring unforeseen damage.
Both aluminum and copper gutters have amazing qualities. Your choice will depend on what you are looking for. And on what your budget will allow. We custom make both metals into seamless gutters. And in a variety of styles too! Call for a free consultation and price quote on a new gutter system installation of copper or aluminum.
Owner: Greg Martin
Location: San Marcos, CA. 92069
Serving all North County and San Diego areas.