Copper roofing has always been highly regarded and is arguably the oldest form of metal roofing,
Even in 300 BC, it was being used to create reputable structures such as the Sri Lankan Loha Maha Paya Temple due to its stunning bronzed appearance.
Today it still holds its reputation, being used to create many iconic structures all over the world such as the Statue of Liberty, the Wales Millenium Centre, Belvedere Palace and many homes and offices. There are plenty of reasons this material has built up such a positive reputation but it is always important to weigh out the good with the bad before purchasing this material for your roof.
Benefits of Copper Roofing
Appearance – Copper is the only material that has this captivating and elegant charm that gets better with age, going from an orangy brown to an amazing blue-green patina. Due to its remarkable appearance, it can also increase the value of your property when it comes to moving on.
Durable and Resistant – This is one of the many reasons for the growing number of copper on residential roofs, staying intact for at least 50 years. This ensures your property will be unlikely to lose value over time whilst still being a very desirable quality. The reason it can last so long may be due to the fact that it is very resistant to conditions like hail, mildew, mould and fire.
Lightweight and Flexible – Copper won’t put as much stress on your homes structures unlike other materials available, meaning you won’t have to have as much support built-in, lowering installation costs. This can be a great quality especially in times of heavy snowfall which can add a lot of extra weight onto a roof making it a lot less likely to collapse. Due to its flexibility, copper is perfect for irregular roof shapes which is why it’s so commonly used for amazing structures around the world.
Environmentally Friendly – Due to copper being named as one of the top green materials it can be great for people who are interested in becoming more environmentally friendly. Copper is one of the most recycled materials, almost as much is produced from recycled as newly made. By using copper roofing you will be making sure that one day when you decide to install a new roof on the property, you know your current copper roof can be recycled and made into a new roof again rather than sitting in a landfill.
Cost-Efficient – Although copper may be initially expensive, due to its durability and low maintenance, you will save yourself time and money in the long run. Furthermore, it is also an excellent energy-efficient choice, saving you money as it helps to control heating and cooling costs.
Disadvantages of Copper Roofing
Noise – If installed over an open frame, copper won’t buffer out noise like some of the softer materials, such as wood or asphalt, however, this can be resolved by making sure to underly the roof with soundproofing materials.
Initial Price – Copper is quick and easy to install but will cost more upfront than other materials such as shakes or shingles. This material only costs more because of its longevity, amazing appearance and little costs on maintenance.
Weather Conditions – When it snows, copper doesn’t hold it very well allowing it to slide off and could hit passersby below, this can be easily fixed by having a snow guard.
Although nothing comes without its faults, this material has been used for thousands of years for a reason, and the good seems to outweigh the bad. If you are interested in having a copper roof installed or have some questions then contact our professional team at Crown Metal Roofing today on 01865 704 031. Alternatively, use our online contact form and we’ll be in touch soon.