When you think of home decor, do gutters and downspouts first come to mind? Probably not, but you’d be surprised at the difference a quality system makes on your home’s exterior.

While gutters and downspouts are functional pieces, they can also add an element of beauty and style to any building when carefully selected. In fact, homeowners, in particular, now have many options for this necessary aspect of the home.

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Looking for the perfect cross between beauty, function, and durability? Look no further than copper. This stunning material will check every must-have element off of your list.

Find out how much a custom copper gutter system would cost for your home:

Finding the right gutter or downspout system can be difficult. To make matters easier, follow along with our complete guide for homeowners.

The Benefits of Copper Systems

Just selecting the right material for a gutter or downspout system can be enough to make any homeowner throw up her hands! These days there are several options on the market including everything from vinyl to wood.
Copper is quickly becoming one of the most popular options for homeowners. What makes it such a popular choice? As you might have imagined, copper brings a lot of charm to any building’s exterior. The metal catches the light in a stunning manner, reflecting every which way.
However, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the benefits of a copper system.
This material is both durable and adaptable. Homeowners often go for copper as it lasts for a long time and works in just about any area.
Copper also develops a lovely patina over time. While it appears quite shiny at first, over time a gorgeous greenish-purple shade develops.

How to Choose Size, Shape, and More

When considering the size of your system, you’ll need to focus on gutter and downspout sizes as well as thickness.
Gutter sizes usually range from 4 to 6 inches. There’s more variability in downspout sizes as you’ll find 2 x 3 inches, 3 x 4 inches in length and width or 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
So, how do you know which size is best for your home? Rainfall is a big factor, as areas that receive large amounts of rainfall will require bigger systems.
Be sure to also consider the amount of leaves that fall each autumn and your roof’s pitch. The last thing you want is to be unclogging your system all season long!
Now, what about shape? Gutters come in half-round and K-style for residences. Many older homes have half-round shapes; K-style gutters can typically drain more water for their size than the half-round style.
As home styles vary quite a bit, we recommend speaking with one of our experts to determine the most appropriate gutter style for your home.
Gutter systems come in sectional or seamless systems. As the name indicates, sectional systems are pieced together and require regular sealant application to ward off leaks. This is typically the case for aluminum systems.
Copper systems, on the other hand, are seamless, meaning they don’t require any regular sealant application on the part of the homeowner.
While a copper system may cost a bit more upfront (as compared to an aluminum system), you’ll save time and money on sealant and repairs, not to mention virtually non-existent replacement!
At Crescent City Copper, we pride ourselves in taking the ordinary out of downspouts and gutter systems and turning them into functional works of art. Discover how copper can transform the exterior of your home by contacting our team today.