Our metal workers were on site to fabricate and install the gutters and downspouts. Most homes have aluminum gutters that are extruded out of a machine on the truck, end caps are applied with adhesive, they are nailed up and away you go. Copper is a different animal. It is expensive, heavy and must be cut and welded on site.
The piece on the ground in the top picture is called a Collector Box and is an old fashioned, mostly decorative accessory that adds some style. Our contractor had this one – it had already started to age – and brought it along because he thought it might look good here. We liked it too and decided to buy it and install it at this location by the front porch. Pretty cool, huh?
We also counter-flashed the wall next to the porch with copper. The flashing installed by the roofers goes under the shingles and up the wall in front of the stone, the counter-flashing goes over this. The metal workers bend and cut the copper into the stone and seal with an adhesive to keep the snow and water out. A diverter is a practical device to push water over to a gutter or off the roof in a different direction where a gutter just isn’t practical. So it all comes together like this:
Copper starts out really shiny – think of a new penny – and gradually oxidizes with age to a green patina. Over time, the gutters and Collector box will oxidize to a uniform color even deeper and darker than the collector box is today.
Inside, we should be getting our rough inspections plumbing, HVAC, electric and building this week and then move on to insulation. More on that later.