If you need to install new gutters on your home, why not go with copper gutters? Not only do they look great, but they also often function better than other types of gutters. That's because copper doesn't fall victim to the affects of acid rain or other corrosive substances. So, if you want a great-looking and durable gutter system, copper is the way to go.
Copper gutters are tricky to install. Rather than using joint pieces, each length of the gutter has to be soldered together as they are installed. Thus, everything has to fit together perfectly, or the gutter system won't work properly. Because the installation is so complicated, it is best to leave it to professionals. However, here is how the installation of copper gutters should go:
First, the contractors will determine the placement for attaching the gutters to the fascia board, allowing for a half-inch slope for every 10 feet of the roof. According to these measurements, brackets for holding the gutters in place will then be attached to the fascia at the appropriate intervals.
Now the soldering can begin. End caps should be attached to the ends of the gutters at the top of each slope. The individual pieces of the gutter can then be soldered together as well. Then, the lower ends of the gutters will need to be attached to the downspouts. This is done by using tin snips to cut a hole in the bottom of the end of the gutter and putting the downspout through it. The next step is to solder these pieces together.
Once everything is connected, it will be time to attach the gutters to the brackets you already installed. After they are hooked into place, the downspout will be connected to the drop outlet and attached to the side of the house.
Though it may seem pretty self explanatory, installing copper gutters is a complicated process. That's why it is best to spend the money to hire professionals to do the job for you. Once your new copper gutters are in place and in working order, you'll be happy you did.