Many people get a puzzled look on their faces if you mention copper roofing, even though it is growing in popularity. For some people it is very difficult to picture an entire home or business with a copper roof glowing in the sunlight.
But copper is showing itself as a really good option for roofing material. There are many reasons for this, and as advances have been made in the industry, that list has just gotten longer. One of the best things about copper as a roofing material is that it will not need to be replaced. It easily lasts a lifetime and is extremely durable against the ravages of time. It is also bug and rodent-proof. Unlike some kinds of roofs, unwanted critters cannot burrow into metal or eat it.
One thing about copper that is making it stand out is that it is resistant to many natural disasters. For instance, in places that are prone to wildfires, it is a popular choice because burning embers are extinguished on the copper rather than igniting the roof. Snowfall also just slides off of copper roofs. Homes with copper roofing have also been known to survive hurricanes better than those with other types of roofs.
There two main types of copper roofing. It can come in large sheets of copper, or in copper shingles. Either one will give you all the benefits, but it is up to you which you get. Copper shingles are often less expensive to buy and have installed.
Copper roofing is sound from an environmental standpoint because of its longevity, and the fact that most of it is made from about 75% recycled copper.
Some people worry that a metal roof will be loud when it is raining or hailing. The truth of it is that when you are inside, you will not notice the noise any more thou would with any other type of roof. Also, contrary to what some people say, a copper roof will not attract lightning just because it is metal.
Something many people do not realize when they think about copper roofing is that is does not retain its bright metallic color. Due to oxidizing and a process called patina, the copper turns a jade-green hue. In this state it is highly resistant to corrosion. Copper roofs are easy to clean with a mild cleaning solution and a telescopic brush as well.
A copper roof may be expensive, but it will be well worth it when you don’t have to repair or replace it. If you plan on owning your building for many years, copper roofing is an investment that will pay off over time. The installation is also more reasonable priced now than it was even a few years ago due to the fact that many roofing companies have the ability to properly install copper. Up until recently you would have had to contract a company that specialized in metal roofing and copper.
Not only does a copper roof have benefits in the form of lifespan and resistance to natural disasters, it is beautiful. Copper adds a sense of refinement and stateliness to the buildings it is installed on, and can add a classic touch to the entire property.