Roof systems can easily be “out of sight, out of mind” for homeowners, but when they do have an issue, it’s often tough to ignore.
When our clients have roofing issues, we start by assessing the roof’s condition and determining the best course of action. In most cases, our team knows that there’s a more permanent solution available than simply repairing the leak or replacing damaged shingles. The best way to tackle roof problems is to start from the source: the roofing materials.
Why Choose a Copper Roof?
Before we dig into the more practical details, let’s start with an obvious benefit: Copper roofs are stunning. The following photos were taken after replacing a section of a client’s roof in Pound Ridge, NY.
Copper offers not only classy, timeless style, but also incredible longevity. Asphalt shingles have certainly improved over recent years, and many boast impressive lifespans, but you will likely cycle through several roofs in your decades of homeownership.
Copper, on the other hand, can last up to a century, and sometimes longer than that. To get a sense of its longevity you need only look across the pond to Europe where many historic structures are proudly capped with copper. It takes on a greenish patina over time, but that simply adds to its character and charm. (Many people think that green copper is a sign of decay, but it’s actually the opposite. The green patina actually protects copper from further corrosion.)
If beauty and longevity don’t quite do it for you, here are a few other benefits to keep in mind:
- Style Versatility – Copper can work beautifully with a wide variety of architectural styles. From more modern homes to wise old structures, this roofing option is highly adaptable.
- Weather-Resistant – Copper can stand up to weather with ease and only grows stronger as its greenish patina develops with age.
- Naturally Strong – This material requires no painting or finishing; its natural qualities are all it needs.
- Flexibility – Because of copper’s malleable nature, a professional with the proper tools can shape and mold it to fit even the most unique architectural features.
- Longevity – Did we mention that it can last over a century? We thought that might be worth bringing up again.
- Lightweight – Unlike many other roofing materials, copper is relatively lightweight. This means that there is less stress on your home’s structure overall.
- Efficient – Copper is an excellent material for controlling the temperature in your home.
- Fire-Resistant – A copper roof will never burn. (Plus, insects won’t feed on it and it’s naturally mildew- and fungus-resistant.)
- Maintenance-Free – In addition to being strong and weather-resistant, repairs and upkeep are just not necessary.
- Increases Resale Value – The benefits of copper roofing can be enjoyed by anyone. Who doesn’t love the idea of a beautiful, maintenance-free roof? Because of this, a copper roof offers fantastic resale value and marketability to your property.
Did You Know Copper Roofs Are an Environmentally Friendly Option
With an increased focus on making decisions that are positive for the environment, many homeowners are looking for globally responsible building materials. Because of its value, there is a huge effort to recycle copper rather than rely on new extraction and processing. For example, wiring, pipes, fixtures, and even old roofs are recycled and repurposed consistently.
What Does a Copper Roof Cost?
The primary disadvantage to a copper roof is the price of materials. On average, a copper installation costs 2–3 times as much as a standard asphalt roof. While this might make the option prohibitive for many, it’s still important to think about the long-term benefits of your investment. You may be paying more upfront, but a copper roof will cut down on maintenance and replacement costs in the long-run.
If the installation of asphalt shingles is ⅓ the cost of its copper counterpart, that may be attractive at first. On the other hand, copper will last 4–5 times as long, making it a better long-term investment. As with any upgrade to your home, it often pays to consider the benefits of better-quality options.
Installing a Copper Roof
Installing copper roofs requires a special skill set. Just as the use of copper roofing has a rich history, the trade itself is old, unique, and respected as well. Going back to this home in Pound Ridge as an example, the work was completed by our elite, qualified coppersmiths.
Our coppersmiths were trained as apprentices for many years before being ready for this kind of work. This dedication to quality is apparent, as the craftsmanship is absolutely phenomenal with breathtaking results.
Interested in learning more about copper roofing? Whether you’re planning on redoing your roof now or in the future, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Let us know what you’re working on, and we’ll show you how we can help.