Copper Gutters and the Screws Used to Install Them
If you’re looking for stylish rainwater systems for your home, copper gutters, installed with stainless steel copper plated needlepoint screws, will certainly tick all of the right boxes. Homeowners are continually on the lookout for rainwater systems that offer the striking appearance and adaptability that they demand of their guttering.
There are several reasons for choosing copper gutters for your home. Copper gutters are one of the most resilient and hard-wearing forms of rainwater system on the market and this is an important characteristic for many homeowners. Needless to say, the materials used in the construction of rainwater systems need to be extremely hard-wearing given that they will be buffeted by the elements on a daily basis and copper gutters are certainly one of the most well-equipped to deal with this.
In terms of establishing the most sought-after form of rainwater systems, it is definitely the case that copper gutters are one of the first thoughts that consumers will have when updating their guttering. It is important to realize, however, that copper gutters really should be installed by professionals in the field of guttering because this will ensure that you maximize their performance levels.
The stainless copper plated zip screws to install these gutters come in three different choices. One style is 410 stainless steel (magnetic) which is copper plated. A benefit of using 401 stainless steel is that you will be able to use your magnetic chucks which will make installation easier. A downside is that because there is some carbon steel in the make up of the screw, which makes it magnetic and also a little stronger, there will be some surface rust after time. But being used with copper gutters the effect will blend in with the patina of the copper.
Another choice is 18-8 stainless steel (non-magnetic) copper plated zip screw. Since this style has no carbon steel, no surface rust will develop, however, it will not be magnetic either.
And then there are the pure copper zip screw. These, though, are only available in 8 x 1/2.
Many gutter installers who do copper gutter also use pop rivets which are copper with brass mandrels. The mandrels are made of brass because brass is stronger than pure copper but won’t have a chemical corrosive reaction with the copper gutters. Copper rivets with steel mandrels are pretty common but finding them with brass mandrels can be more challenging.
Whilst copper gutters, installed with stainless steel copper plated zip screws, will cost a little more than other forms of guttering on the market, you certainly get a heightened level of performance for the additional cost. When it comes to getting the best bang for your buck in your purchase of copper gutters, it is best to head online and opt for professionals who can exhibit their credentials with a portfolio of their work.
How to Install Gutter Screws
Gutters are crucial features on any home, which means they need to be secured and well-maintained. Without a strong gutter system, your home can succumb to roof damage, siding damage and erosion issues around the foundation. Gutter nails have been a popular method for attaching gutters, but gutter screws offer certain advantages that can create a better overall system.
What Are Gutter Screws?
Gutter screws typically have an indented head with six flat sides and a washer that sits underneath the head. The washer provides a flat bearing surface, which reduces the risk of crushing the mating surface. When you attach gutters to your house using gutter screws, the screw’s large bearing area prevents your gutters from becoming dented or cracked during installation.
Gutter downspout screws are a type of self-piercing screw. They have a threaded shaft that tapers down to a sharp point, which creates a hole as you drive the screw into the substrate. Because they create their own holes, gutter screws eliminate the need for pre-drilling, making installation faster.
Gutter screws can penetrate and cut through hanging gutter downspouts quickly and easily. With one thread that pierces the material and a second thread that forms around the tip, downspout screws provide more efficient and reliable results.
Differences in Gutter Nails vs. Screws
The primary difference between gutter nails and screws is that the latter produces a much better hold. Nails are affordable and easy to install, but they’re also prone to gradual slippage as gutters endure repeated water flow.
A gutter nail is long and thin, which means it is less sturdy than a gutter screw and less likely to hold its position. When they come loose, the gutters can hang away from the roof, which creates openings for the rainfall to leak past. This occurrence is what can cause the issues mentioned above.
Screws, with their durable threads and construction, will maintain their hold longer and withstand environmental factors thanks to their corrosion-resistance qualities.
What Screws to Use for Gutters and Downspouts
For a tighter hold, you’ll find that most gutter and downspout screws utilize a hex head, which can be slotted or unslotted to allow for flathead screwdriver access. Typically, you’ll need longer hardware to replace nails appropriately, but the size will vary depending on your gutter’s specifications.
Considering the material of your gutter — which is typically made of steel, aluminum and copper — you can find various finishes to match it. All Points Fasteners carries copper-plated screws, as well as ceramic coatings that boast excellent environmental resistance.
How to Install Your Gutter Screws
Now that you understand the importance of gutter screws and have an idea of which kind you’ll use, follow these four steps to install them.
1. Inspect Your Gutters
If you plan on replacing your gutter nails, you’ll first need to climb up and count the number of nails used, so you can acquire the right amount of screws. You also need to check the state and size of the ferrules, which are the cylindrical objects that house the nail stems.
The screws and ferrules must work together well or else you will not create a secure hold.
2. Acquire the Right Hardware
Take samples of your nails and ferrules, as well as information about your gutters, to a local hardware store. You could also send pictures and specs of the samples to an online customer service representative if you want to purchase the parts online. The workers should give you advice and point you in the right direction.
3. Tear Out the Nails
Carefully remove the nails to avoid losing the parts in your yard or damaging the roof and gutter. A claw hammer is the usually the easiest method for performing this task.
4. Begin Screw Installation
Insert the screw into the existing hole in the gutter face, and then the ferrule over it. It’s critical that you do not drill the screw into the existing nail hole. Instead, position the tip just above the preexisting hole and then force it into the fascia (roof). Most screws have self-tapping bits, so you don’t need a separate part to create a pilot hole.
Do not overtighten the screws, as that can damage the gutters and decrease their overall strength.
Find Your Gutter Screws at All Points Fasteners
Whether you are working on a do-it-yourself (DIY) gutter repair or tackling a job for a client, you need gutters with exceptional durability that will stand the test of time. That is why we offer the toughest gutter downspout screws to meet the high-quality standards you need to ensure the best gutter installation work. Our gutter screws are available in many different sizes and finishes, meaning there’s a solution for all your gutter needs.
The dedicated experts at All Points Fasteners will assist you in finding the right gutter screws for your job. We offer free samples, monthly deals and custom requests to provide the flexibility you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. Browse our online inventory today, or chat with us to ask any questions you might have.
Pure Copper Zip Screws or Copper Plated Stainless Steel Zip Screws?
At All Points Fasteners, we pride ourselves on delivering above-and-beyond service to our customers. We always encourage questions or general requests for assistance in selecting the right products. Something we often receive phone calls about is pure copper screws, a relatively new product in our inventory.
Many service contractors want to use these copper screws for installing copper downspouts, which makes perfect sense. A copper screw would hide nicely when used to fasten a copper downspout, and the results would look beautiful and seamless. But, before you place that order, it’s important to understand more about the performance of pure copper screws.
Too Soft to Self-Pierce
Yes, pure copper screws at first glance look like the perfect solutions for installing copper downspouts. But there’s one huge drawback to using copper screws for this type of job. The pure copper screw is too soft to self-pierce the copper downspout, which means you would need to pre-pierce with another fastener before installation — something harder.
Of course, as a service contractor, time and efficiency are of the utmost importance. While pure copper screws might look great on copper downspouts, do you really want to spend the time to pre-pierce with another fastener? Most likely not. But, there’s good news: You can enjoy an attractive alternative that delivers the appearance you want without the need to pre-pierce.
What’s Your Best Option?
What’s your best alternative to pure copper screws? We have two other types of screws that will do just the trick! Our 18-8 Stainless Steel Copper Plated Self Piercing Zip Screws work perfectly with the copper metal gutters without any surface rust. They’re not as hard as our 410 Stainless Steel Copper Plated Needlepoint Zip Screws but will self-pierce just fine in the copper downspout.
Many service contractors debate the merits of copper vs. copper plated screws, and this is a perfect differentiating example. The reason someone might choose copper-plated vs. pure copper screws is because they don’t require self-piercing, which in turn saves time on the project. In many cases, copper-plated screws serve as a perfect substitute for pure copper.
There is also one other alternative for you to consider. If you want a slightly harder material, check out the 410 Stainless Steel Copper Plated Needlepoint Zip Screws! They will have slight surface rust, but blend right in with the copper patina. Take advantage of these copper-plated stainless-steel screws to deliver the appearance and performance you’re looking for.
Why Choose All Points Fasteners?
At All Points Fasteners, we are passionate about connecting service contractors with the perfect fastening solutions for their work. We do this by offering a huge selection that includes both pure copper and copper-plated screws, as well as a wealth of other fasteners. If you don’t see what you need in our selection, we can even help you chase down those difficult-to-find parts.
You can count on competitive pricing at All Points Fasteners, too. Request a free sample of copper-plated stainless steel screws or pure copper screws to test out their quality, durability and “fit” for your upcoming project. You can also request a free quote to help you budget for an upcoming project. You’ll find our products meet the highest quality standards, and our pricing is fair and aligned with market value.
Rely on us at any time for help. Get in touch with specific questions, or just for general guidance as you navigate our selection and search for the fasteners you need. We know just how challenging it can be to find exactly what you’re looking for, but we also know how vital it is to have the right parts. That’s why we’re committed to providing above-and-beyond customer service and support focused on helping your next project reach its full potential.
Contact us today for a quote, a free sample or to ask questions about our selection of fasteners and other products.