Copper Half Round Gutters With Collector Boxes

On this split-level residential renovation project, we installed copper half round gutters with enhanced designer collector boxes as one part of a larger overall renovation project.

Components: Gutters, Downspouts, Half Round Gutters, Copper Gutters, Collector Boxes

Project City: Nashville, Tennessee

Project By: David Lovett

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Project Scope

Note: We’d love all of our images to be magazine-quality. However, the reality is that oftentimes, a new gutter system is one phase of a larger renovation project. This means that unfinished landscaping or construction tools usually exist around us while we’re working.

This home was in the middle of a renovation. We installed a seamless, 16 oz. half-round copper rain gutter system with round copper downspouts, custom collector boxes, and all copper brackets and hangers. All the joints of the entire system were soldered, a technique chosen to extend their lifespan to 50-100 years.

Project Notes

  • There were 225 feet of gutter, 4 downspouts, and 2 collector boxes on this project.
  • We removed the old K-style gutters from when the home was originally built.
  • Challenges faced: The primary challenge was the weather making it difficult to handle the long, seamless lengths of copper gutter.
  • Special tools and materials: The use of rivets instead of screws provided a cleaner look. Soldering – we used 50/50 lead/tin in the soldering of the joints.
Check out these new half round copper gutters installed as a phase of a residential renovation project in Nashville.

Lovett Gutters is one of few guttering companies in Middle Tennessee with machines to produce Half Round Copper gutters on-site. While we produce them for our installation projects, we also regularly chop n’ drop them for commercial customers.

Check out these new half round copper gutters installed as a phase of a residential renovation project in Nashville.
Check out these new half round copper gutters installed as a phase of a residential renovation project in Nashville.

Copper Half Round Gutters

  • Type: 6” Half Round
  • Material: Copper
  • Color: Material is the color
  • Thickness: 16 ounce

Copper hangers were used on these half round gutters. They were spaced every 2 feet. We mount them to the fascia board, then they have a brass spring clip that holds it down. Shank and circle #10 copper gutter hangers.

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Check out these new half round copper gutters installed as a phase of a residential renovation project in Nashville.

Custom Copper Downspouts

  • Type: Round. Rivets only (no screws)
  • Material: Copper
  • Dimensions: 4″

We chose complementary copper downspouts, as you might expect with a completely copper rain gutter system. We also chose a round profile (instead of a box/rectangular profile).

One-piece ledge jumper. Typically are 2 pieces, but we had them custom-made into 1 piece to give it a nice, smooth look with fewer seams. The standard ledge jumper would be 2 pieces soldered together, but that would have had a seam. While it’s a small detail, it adds to the custom and detailed nature of the downspouts.

European Round Downspout Brackets

  • Drill into the wall, then the brackets get screwed into the wall for permanent support.
  • Super durable product. You cannot tear the downspouts or brackets off the wall. The brackets are very strong 48-ounce copper. The customer jokingly said that he could climb the downspouts because of how strong they were.
  • Stone siding – we were careful and precise when drilling for the brackets and installing clamps to stone siding to prevent the stones from splitting (which we don’t want).
Check out these new half round copper gutters installed as a phase of a residential renovation project in Nashville.
Check out these new half round copper gutters installed as a phase of a residential renovation project in Nashville.
Check out these new half round copper gutters installed as a phase of a residential renovation project in Nashville.

Enhanced Design Collector Boxes

The boxes face the street-side because people typically want them to be seen. They want curb appeal. When you order collector boxes like this, you don’t want them installed on the side or back of the house. You want them on the front as a showpiece. The boxes and gutter system become part of the overall appearance or architecture of the home.

The collector boxes (aka conductor heads) were custom-made for the job. They were riveted and soldered into the guttering system because soldering lasts longer than silicone.

Old guttering methods would put a nail or screw through the box to attach them to the house. However, with modern methods and to protect the integrity of the collector boxes, mounting brackets are used to attach them to the house.

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Final Notes:

  • We work outside! This installation project was in the winter. The front and back pieces were 67 feet. That long of 16-ounce copper is roughly ~70 pounds. The fear of folding or buckling in the wind is real. However, they were totally seamless (not in 10-foot prefab sections). We needed to be precise in spacing brackets far enough apart to attach the copper gutters dead-center on the fascia.
  • Galvanic corrosion. We used stainless steel screws to attach brackets to the fascia board and the stone siding. The reason we use stainless steel screws is because of galvanic corrosion, which occurs when metals corrode when they encounter certain other metals. Copper and aluminum don’t play well together; therefore, we use stainless steel screws when attaching everything to the home.
  • Your roof and fascia matter. Think about this too! For the same reason of galvanic corrosion, fortunately, the home had a wood fascia. If the home had aluminum fascia, we may not have been able to choose copper gutters entirely.
  • Fingerprints and oils. We try to take pride in preserving the integrity of the copper. We wear gloves and long-sleeved shirts when installing copper gutters. In general, fingerprints on new copper are less attractive. But also, the oils from your skin could turn copper material. Wearing gloves avoids getting fingerprints and skin oils on the material, and wearing long-sleeve shirts prevents the material from rubbing on your skin when handling and lifting.
Check out these new half round copper gutters installed as a phase of a residential renovation project in Nashville.
Check out these new half round copper gutters installed as a phase of a residential renovation project in Nashville.
Check out these new half round copper gutters installed as a phase of a residential renovation project in Nashville.

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