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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…

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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,…

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…

Downspout of the Week – Treble Clef

This treble clef is a functioning downspout made out of copper. Rain flows through the downspout until it hits the waterwheel inside. Once the wheel starts turning, the music box…

Downspout of the Week – Dragonfly

At first glance, you might think the world really is coming to an end. Enormous bugs and all. But fear not! It’s just our downspout of the week. This giant…

Downspout of the Week – Rain Chains

Now, if you aren’t familiar with rain chains you might be a little confused. You might even want to give me a “V8 smack” on the forehead and remind me…

Downspout of the Week – Arts and Industries Building, Washington D.C.

Alright. We started this “Downspout of the Week” thing a few weeks ago, but didn’t keep up with the whole “weekly” aspect of it. I’m sorry! Please forgive me! I’ll make…

Euro Style Copper Half Round Gutters

Our most recently completed job was on East Main Street in Madison where we installed 6” copper half round gutters with “Euro Style” elbows and 4” downspouts. This Euro style…

A Little Bit About Historic Preservation

We recently traveled back to New York City to take part in the baby shower for John’s sister (our Guttersmith team  will be getting a new addition very soon!). While we were there,…