Copper trim around the house is in a sophisticated class of its own. Not only does it enhance the visual appearance of your home, but it also adds a certain value to the design and overall warmth.
Copper is expensive though. Compared to aluminum that is. And given the expense, the question becomes – are you willing to pay for a product that in some cases could be as much as three to four times more expensive than aluminum?
Well, let’s look at the pros of using copper for your gutters, flashing, fascia, custom cladding, eavestroughs, leader heads, snow guards, downspouts, end caps, and flashing, miters, elbows and pipes – even rain chains. Yes, the list of copper products is extensive. Copper is not only good looking- it’s practical too. It is the oldest metal used by man. Copper has a long life. It never rusts and does not require painting, unlike aluminum. Due to weathering and the oxidation process, depending upon the climate, it might take a year or two for some copper to turn green.
The reason copper is expensive is because the trim has to be custom made, and installation is time-consuming because of the additional soldering of joints. Workmanship requires specialized attention. Damage can occur if leaking copper downspouts and gutters are not properly installed. Copper salts are released with any stagnant water and moisture and can stain light-colored and porous materials like marble or limestone.
This potential issue with copper drainage can be remediated by directing run-off away from the downspouts and additionally applying the sealant to porous materials in the immediate area. In order to avoid any problems, experts advise not to mix copper with aluminum parts, as their properties are different.
Copper trim is beautiful, let’s face it. And if you are not concerned about the cost, you will be thrilled with the elegant look the trim gives to your home, not to mention the durability and added value that pulls together the finished and classic look you have chosen to enhance the outside of your house and your property.