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Copper vs. Galvanized

 

Galvanized steel is a very popular material amongst homeowners because of its low price and good performance, but copper is known as a luxury material that can be considered a good investment. Galvanized steel is most commonly used as an alternative to aluminum when the homeowner needs something that is more durable and resistant to thermal damage, but copper can deliver even better performance if you are willing to pay the extra money.

Both materials can be found in the most common gutter styles, including K-Style, Box, and Half-Round.

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Copper Rain Gutters

-Pros-

  • Copper gutters can last over 100 years if you properly clean and maintain them, but galvanized gutters will only last about 20 years.
  • These gutters really add value to your home, which makes them an attractive investment. Potential buyers will love how copper gutters look and perform.
  • The joints are soldered during installation, which drastically reduces the likelihood of these joints leaking with time.

-Cons-

  • Copper is very difficult to install. You should leave the installation to professionals who have the tools and manpower needed to install these gutters.
  • Copper’s value might be a problem because thieves may target your home.

Galvanized_Rain_GutterGalvanized Steel Rain Gutters

-Pros-

  • Galvanized steel is one of the least expensive materials that you can buy. If you are working with a budget, then galvanized steel won’t break the bank.
  • While galvanized steel is somewhat difficult to install when compared to aluminum or vinyl, it’s easier to install than copper. That’s because it’s easier to cut, lift and secure.
  • Unless they rust, galvanized gutters will mostly retain their color from beginning to end. You can expect some dulling, but that’s it. Copper gutters will become green within a few years or less from the constant exposure to water.

-Cons-

  • Galvanized steel has a tendency to rust if you don’t maintain its zinc layer. This can especially be a problem near oceans because the salt will make the zinc decay faster than usual.
  • While galvanized steel is one of the most durable metals, copper is even more durable. If you live in an area with lots of hail and ice, then even galvanized steel might dent or break.

Want to know more?

Please see our Rain Gutter Material Comparison page for more information

 

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