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Nine reasons why every property owner should know about copper guttering.

14 August 2015

1. Eco Friendly

Many customers today want to lower their carbon footprint and reduce their impact on the planet. Copper is the perfect choice for this as it is 100% recyclable and one of the few metals that is fully sustainable, as to date only 12% of the worlds current known reserves have ever been mined, with most mined copper still in use today.

2. Perfect for rainwater harvesting
Water conservation is also becoming increasingly popular. Copper acts as an algaecide and fungicide, keeping growths such as moss and lichen to a minimum, therefore keeping gutters clear and excellent for water harvesting. Copper also mildly disinfects the water, which is great for putting on plants as it has a balanced pH and is free from chemicals such as chlorine.

3. Natural
Copper is a wholly natural material present in and essential to plants, animals and humans. Unlike other materials such as lead, copper is non-toxic and does not accumulate in the body. A deficiency in copper is one factor in the increased risk of developing heart disease.

4. Easy to install
Copper guttering can be installed by any competent tradesperson with no specialist tools required. The gutter profiles are joined together quickly and with the minimum of effort simply using silicone sealant which has a minimum life of 25 years, together with copper pop rivets.
5. Long life
Copper used for guttering has a life expectancy of at least 100 years.

6. Durability
When copper is exposed to the elements, it protects itself by developing a green patina over time, ensuring durability and resistance to corrosion in virtually any atmosphere. Unlike other materials copper does not suffer from underside corrosion.

7. Low maintenance
Copper requires no decoration, cleaning and virtually no maintenance other than the removal of debris that may fall into the guttering.

8. Cost effective
Over the life cycle of a building copper generally is one of the most competitive building materials available.

9. Health and Safety
With growing awareness of environmental issues and increasing concern for health and safety of those constructing and maintaining buildings, copper is more than ever the most cost effective, adaptable roofing and guttering material of the future.

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