Aluminum can dent, tear, and develop holes fairly easily. Aluminum gutters can be blown by wind because they are relatively light. Copper is more durable than aluminum because it is heavier and lasts longer. You will spend more money on maintenance if you choose aluminum gutters than you would if you chose copper.
Copper gutters can enhance a home’s appearance. They develop a patina over time that many homeowners find attractive.
Copper gutters are more expensive than aluminum. However, since they are more durable and last longer, you will spend less money on maintenance and will not need to replace them as often, which can make them a good investment.
The installation process is similar for aluminum and copper gutters. Aluminum is easier to cut and mold and can be installed with gutter nails and clamps. Copper gutters may need more reinforcement during installation because of the additional weight. Copper is more difficult to cut to fit tight spaces. Copper requires special handling to prevent discoloration. This can increase installation costs.
There are also differences in maintenance requirements. Aluminum gutters can rust and may need occasional painting or touchups. Copper rarely requires maintenance, but when cleaning copper gutters, gloves and special tools need to be used to avoid damaging them.
Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors installs both aluminum and copper gutters. After you have weighed the pros and cons of each and decided which are right for your home, contact us to schedule your installation.