Roofing contractors recommend copper gutters because they are extremely durable and make for a sophisticated accent for one’s home. However, copper, when exposed to the elements could tarnish in the long run though it doesn’t affect the material’s durability.
What Is Patina?
Some people don’t mind some tarnish, also known as patina, on their copper gutters. In fact, some homeowners prefer copper gutters to develop a natural patina as it adds character and uniqueness to the home. For those who want to maintain the shiny finish of the copper, a protective coating can be applied to prevent the copper from reacting to oxygen and other natural elements.
How Do I Remove It?
When some patina has already set in, restoring a tarnished copper gutter is an option. Rubbing the surface with a cleaning paste made of equal parts of flour, salt, and vinegar can remove the patina on the copper surface. It is best if this is done when patina is only starting as it will become more difficult to remove as time goes by. After polishing the surface, apply a protective coating to your gutters. Care must be observed when polishing the gutters on your own. It is best to seek the assistance of professional gutter companies that specialize in copper gutters.
When it comes to gutter installation, turn to Sentry Exteriors, one of the leading roofing contractors in Virginia. We offer K-style and round gutters which are available in aluminum, galvanized steel, and copper materials.
We also install gutter guards to keep leaves and debris from accumulating on your gutters and extend the life of both your roof and gutters. Our other services also include windows replacement and installation, roofing repairs, siding repair and installation, and deck and porch additions.
Call us today at (434) 239-6722 to schedule a free estimate. We serve clients in Roanoke, VA, and other nearby communities.