When the owners of a Victorian home in Iowa, recently had their shingle roof destroyed by a storm; rather than simply repairing the roofing with the same types of shingles, they opted to replace it. As their replacement choice, they turned to a more colorful option that maintained the historical integrity of their home. This alternative option for roofing is copper sheet. It is not just historical homes that are brightening up their roofs with colorful roofing material like copper sheet.
As the Associated Press article highlighting this story pointed out, “Colored roofs are also starting to crop up on ‘new American-style’ homes, which Smith describes as combining popular styles and materials – perhaps, say, a stone and brick exterior with a copper roof.”
The Copper Development Association explains why copper sheet is becoming one of the roofing materials of choice for discerning homeowners. “Copper offers a character and durability that no other metal roof can match,” the association stresses. It goes on to say that the appearance of copper as a roofing material allows it to “complement any style of building, from the traditional to the modern.”
Other selling points for copper sheet according to the association are its “warmth and beauty,” which draw the attention of both architecturally trained eyes, as well as those of average homeowners who are seeking something in a roof that helps their house stand apart. Copper sheet also has the ability to resist harsh elements like rain and snow. Thanks to this attractive capability it “ranks among the highest of modern roofing materials.”
As the website Building Conservation explains, “The use of sheet metal in general as a roofing material allows a near continuous water-resistant covering with a minimum of joints between sheets.” Moreover, when the copper sheeting is properly installed atop a home’s roof, it should last the homeowner for decades. And over that long-term lifespan, the homeowner will enjoy low-cost maintenance. What’s more, when it is finally time to replace a copper roof, the copper sheet can be recycled. The trade-in value on copper currently offers a high return on investment.
What about houses with unique roof shapes? Copper is ideally suited to handling irregular roof structures, because it possesses ductile and malleable properties; which allow it to be formed over unique curves.
BuildingConservation.com adds that copper sheet “enables roof slopes to be covered at lower pitches than would be possible using other roof coverings, and it can be used to provide a smooth surface over curved architectural forms.”
Among the types of roofs that can incorporate copper are:
- Standing seam roofing.
- Batten seam roofing.
- Horizontal seam roofs (aka Bermuda style roofs).
- Chevron roofs.
- Flat locked and soldered seam roofing.
- Flat seam roofing.
- Mansard roofs.
- Long-pan systems.
Roofing isn’t the only architectural application for copper sheet, however. Although roofs are the most common part of a home where copper can be found, other architectural applications include flashing, gutters and downspouts, domes, spires, and vaults, wall cladding, building expansion joints, and indoor designs like wall systems, ceilings, fixtures, furniture, and hardware.