How Much Do Copper Gutters Cost?
Copper gutters are just one of the many options that homeowners have when installing a gutter system. Depending on the style of your home, copper may complement it, especially if the home is made of stone or stucco. Copper gutters can be more expensive than traditional gutters, but some people think that the look it gives the home is well worth the additional cost.
How much does it cost?
- To budget properly, it is best to plan on spending anywhere from $13 to as much as $23 per linear foot to have copper gutters installed. Compared to most materials, copper tends to be near the top. The costs will depend on the geographical location, the amount needed, brand and if a contractor is needed.
- According to homewyse.com, the cost of copper gutters is going to range anywhere from as little as $15 to as much as $22 per linear foot.
- The website BrothersGutters.com claims that you should usually be within the $22 to $33 per foot range when looking to have these gutters installed. The main factors in the pricing is the size, style, and total linear footage of the project.
What is going to be included?
- With professional installation jobs, the cost estimates should include the costs for corrosion resistant gutter hanging hardware, downspouts, downspout hardware, and final water testing.
- A copper gutter is a narrow channel, or trough, forming the component of a roof system which collects and diverts rainwater shed by the roof.
- The copper gutter includes the following uses: (1) Protects the building’s foundation by channeling water away from its base; (2) Helps to reduce erosion, prevents leaks in basements and crawlspaces; (3) Protects painted or stained surfaces by reducing exposure to water; and (4) provides a means to collect rainwater for later use.
- Common types of copper gutters include European gutters, coated steel, lead coated and faux gutters. Each type will have their own varying prices that usually fall within the price range mentioned above.
- The downspouts of the gutter will either have a smooth or corrugated surface.
What are the extra costs?
- Extra costs may also be incurred for shipping or delivery of materials (especially when you purchase them online or from other locations), removal of existing gutters and downspouts, as well as splash blocks, maintenance, and repair of the copper gutter.
- Higher quality materials may require additional costs especially if they have additional features.
- While optional, premium materials such as screens, barriers and other devices can be added to the gutters. These accessories prevent the build-up of leaves and other debris that can block the water flow through the gutters.
Tips to know
- A good copper gutter will have seams every 10 to 20 feet.
- Copper tends to be one of the most expensive types of material when it comes to gutters. If you are on a budget, consider cost friendly options such as steel or aluminum, which can be less than $8 per linear foot.
- Some of the main reasons that homeowners choose copper is because it will never rust, it is aesthetically pleasing and it will never need to be painted throughout its life.
- The biggest advantage of gutters made with copper rather than other materials is the longevity. Copper gutters have been known to last as long as 80 years. Another advantage is that neither extreme cold, wet, or hot climates will not affect the look or durability of the gutters.
- Do not expect the copper to remain shiny for ever. Experts claim that the shiny appeal tends to wear away after the first three months. There is a compound that collects on the copper called patina; this is not rust, but it will instead give the copper gutters an antique look. The patina usually takes up to 6 years to completely form. There are chemicals that you can put on your copper gutters to either speed up this process or to prevent it from occurring.
How can I save money?
- Be flexible with your project schedule so that you can save on costs. Many contractors are able to cut you a deal during their slower times. If you are able to be flexible with your schedule, most contractors are willing to work with your budget.
- Since all jobs are rather unique, consider using free services such as HomeAdvisor.com. This free service allows you to explain your job and from there, contractors in your area will bid on your project.
- As long as you have the right tools, installing copper gutters can be a do it yourself job; this is especially true if you are replacing old gutters since the original positions of the gutters will give you an idea of where to start.