New Construction Gutters in Sun Prairie

We do a lot of removal and replacement of old gutters on homes around Madison, but we also install gutters for a limited number of new home builders in the…

decorative downspout bracket

Rectangular Copper Downspout With Decorative Brackets

Spent a couple of weeks visiting friends and family in New York this Summer, and grabbed some photos of copper work, including this copper downspout. This (I think) 4″x5″ copper downspout…

rain barrel madison wi

Rain Barrel Winter Storage

Well, folks, it’s that time of the year again – Winter time. For those of you in the colder climates, that enjoy watering your gardens from rainwater collected in a…

Fingerprints On Copper Gutters

Fingerprints On Copper Gutters

We’ve all seen fingerprints on copper before. They can be a bit of an eyesore on copper gutters and downspouts, and on copper roof panels, especially if no care is…

built in gutter

Design Considerations of Built in Copper Gutters

Built-in gutters serve a function that is special in architectural design because they are more hidden than gutters that are exposed. Architects specifying built-in gutters should bear in mind that any…

Underground Green House

Malcolm Wells: King of Underground Architecture

I was doing a little reading about Malcolm Wells who is described as being the “father of modern earth-sheltered architecture.” He was a very interesting man. If you aren’t familiar with Mac…

red gym downspout strap

Copper Downspout Straps

There are several types of downspout straps that we can use to fasten the downspouts to the wall, ranging from minimalist wraparound straps to elaborate, custom made decorative brackets. The type…

Copper Gutters

Can Copper Gutters Be Caulked?

So, you finally landed a copper job but you don’t know how to solder. Or, maybe you keep your costs down by using caulk on your copper instead of solder,…

Gutter Guards

Gutter Guards Galore

Which leaf screens work best? A common question we receive from homeowners and contractors is “which gutter guard works the best,” or, “do any of these things actually work?” I’ll try to…

Correct Fasteners For Copper Gutter

Correct Fasteners For Copper Gutter Applications

I’ll get straight to the point of this one: use fasteners made from material that is compatible with copper. Brass, stainless steel, and copper, and all commonly used with copper gutters…