Copper rain gutters, like most other types, use downspouts which direct the rain water away from the building where it can be far away enough from the building so as to not cause any structural damage. However, what makes them slightly different is that they will typically use a decorative piece known as a leader head or conductor head. This is la large, box like object which attaches to the outer wall underneath the top of the gutters.
Another one of the main benefits you will experience by choosing copper rain gutters is that they are so low maintenance. They do not require painting or sealing and the metal will not rust so you will find that they hold up nicely over the years. All you have to do is clean them out every now and then, or if you are using gutter guards to keep debris out, then you simply have to lightly clean them off.
One thing you are probably wondering about is how to install copper rain gutters. Even though you can always hire a roofing contractor to take care of this type of job for you, you might want to try to tackle the project as a do it your self alternative. While the principle is the same, these can be more difficult to install than vinyl gutters since you are dealing with a heavier metal. Not only does this make handling them awkward and difficult, but it also makes them more difficult to cut through.
Another thing about copper rain gutters is that they can become green over time and develop a patina. This is due to the oxidation of the material. The patina process will cause the metal to take on a different color hue depending on the area and climate conditions of where you live. The good news is that you will not see this change take place until roughly 4 to 5 years after it has been installed. Many people enjoy the changes in hue that this metal develops and seek it out precisely for this reason. Rarely do you have the chance to purchase something that is as beautiful as it is functional.