While They Look Beautiful — Your Wallet Might Not Agree
Copper gutter systems undoubtedly look stunning, but are they the right choice for your home? Indiana is filled with many different styles of homes, many of which could seriously benefit from gutter replacement.
While copper gutters can be utilized in just about every style of home, they aren’t right for every family. If you are purely looking to increase the curb appeal of your home and don’t mind the additional financial burden, copper gutters could be the perfect choice for you.
Let’s break down the cost compression of copper gutter systems compared to other gutter systems and hopefully by the end of this article, you’ll have all the information you need to make the best decision for your home and wallet.
Why Copper Gutter Systems?
Copper gutter systems have been a revered staple piece on many buildings throughout history. Not only do they maintain historical accuracy, a trait beloved by architects, but they are truly built to last.
When properly maintained, copper gutters can last up to 100 years with an average lifespan of 60 years if left relatively unattended. Many homeowners opt for copper gutters simply due to their aesthetic appeal. Because copper naturally forms a greenish patina over time, your new gutters will only look better with age.
This patina effect can be slowed down or halted altogether by treating copper gutters with a protective coating, which can be quite a laborious task. If you wish to keep the natural look of brand-new copper, constant maintenance will be needed throughout the year, and you will need to avoid touching any of the copper sections with your bare hands.
Average Cost Of Copper Gutter Systems
Before talking about pricing, it’s important to note that every home is different, and therefore, the exact price of a copper gutter system for your home will take a bit more sleuthing. Having your trusted local gutter expert evaluate your home is the best way to receive an accurate quote.
Now, back to the important stuff!
When pricing out gutter systems, contractors will charge the homeowner per foot of gutter needed along with an additional installation fee. On average, copper gutter systems can cost anywhere from $20 to $40 a foot to install.
When compared to more affordable options such as aluminum, which costs an average of $7 to $20 per foot installed, copper is quite expensive.
Another important factor to keep in mind is that the style of copper gutter you choose will greatly affect the overall price. Let’s say the average home in Indiana has 1,700 square feet of footage with roughly 150 feet of linear space for the gutter system.
It would roughly cost $4,000 to install a copper gutter system on a house this size, keeping in mind the house in this example is a one-story home. Keeping our examples consistent, the same size gutter system that utilizes aluminum instead of copper costs roughly half that amount.
Copper Vs. Other Gutter Systems
Gutters do so much more for the home than simply mitigating water to a safe draining area– they can truly make or break the curb appeal of your home. Old, beaten-down gutters are a serious eyesore that can have potential buyers running for the hills. Even if you are not looking to sell your home anytime soon, the state of your house can say a lot about you.
It’s undeniable that copper gutter systems are stunning, but they aren’t perfect for every home. Modern-style homes, for example, are designed with simplicity, and copper gutter systems are anything but simple.
Sure, you won’t have to replace copper gutters nearly as often as other types of gutter systems — but be ready for the extra work! If you are looking to save time, gutter guards are a great way to protect your investment without having to climb a ladder to free your gutters of debris.
Before making a final decision, think about which features are most important to you. Is it affordability? Longevity? Durability? Aesthetic appeal? Answering these questions will lead you to the gutter system best for your home and budget.
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