Copper gutters are a beautiful way to direct water away from your house. If you're planning on putting copper gutters on your home, consider buying the seamless type for the best visual appeal. Here's how seamless copper gutter installation works.
Choose the Parts and Make a Plan
Your gutter installer may let you choose from a variety of hangers for your gutters. You might also want to choose decorative downspout accessories. Ask the gutter company about your options and let them know your choices upfront so the supplies will be ready on installation day.
In addition, the installer needs to measure your house and decide on the best placement for your downspouts. Everything is planned before work begins so the crew can work efficiently.
Extrude the Troughs
The copper gutter troughs are made to the exact length of your home, and they are extruded from a machine the installer brings to your property. A trough is shaped by the machine and cut off so the installer can pull it to a work area to add the end caps and hole for the downspout.
The copper end caps are pushed in the ends of the troughs while making a tight fit. The caps are held in place by bending a metal clip over the edges. Your installer may also solder the pieces together for a watertight seal that lasts for years.
The installer also measures the downspout outlet and cuts a hole to drop it in. When the outlet is in place and the end caps are on, the gutters are ready to hang on your house.
Install Hangers and Gutters
Hangers are usually screwed to the fascia board under your roof. They are placed several inches apart so the gutters have strong support. The hangers are also installed on a slight slope so water will drain from the gutters. When the hangers are installed, the gutters can be placed in them. This might take a few people since a seamless gutter can be quite long.
Attach a Downspout
A downspout is built just for your house. The installer assembles it using a number of elbow shapes to get the water where it needs to drain out. Some copper downspout parts don't need to be soldered together. That's because one end of each part is slightly smaller than the other so they can be fit together by forcing a small end to a large one.
The installer has to place brackets on your house to hold the downspout steady so it doesn't turn and start dumping water near your house. They may place the end of the downspout on a splash pad so the water doesn't erode your lawn when it rushes out during a rainstorm.
Copper gutter installation is much like installing other types of gutters except the installer can solder together any seams needed to install the system. While seamless gutters don't have seams in the troughs, the system still needs seams around the corner pieces and to attach end caps and the downspout. Copper gutters that have soldered seams can last for decades without leaking since there is no sealant to deteriorate.