|Hail Snow Rain Fire $4–$15 per sq ft|
|Hail Snow Rain Fire $4 – $15 per sq ft|
Copper Roofing & Shingles
When it comes to metal roofing, a copper roof is top-of-the-line. It’s durability and aesthetic appeal is unmatched. Copper is neither coated nor painted because it weathers without corroding. Copper roofs are installed unfinished and acquire a protective green patina with age (like the Statue of Liberty.)
Because copper can become expensive, it is sometimes reserved for special features, such as the roof of a prominent window. Copper roofs are resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding, copper roofing systems can also withstand extreme weather conditions including heavy snow, hail, and wildfires.
Copper Roof Costs
- Copper Roofing Cost: $4 to $15 per square foot.
- Lasts: 60+ years.
- Adds a beautiful design style to your home.
- Can lower insurance rates due to fire resistance.
- High return on investment for home’s value: Average of 85.9%
- Weathers well with time.
When properly designed and installed, a copper roof provides an economical, long-term roofing solution. Its low life cycle costs are attributable to the low maintenance, long life, and salvage value of copper. In recent years, new tools and roofing installation methods have been introduced that aid in the quick, proper, and economical installation of copper roofs. Any initial roofing costs (plan for 2-3 times more expensive than traditional metal roofing) for copper roofing are typically offset by low-to-no maintenance costs over the life of your home. Conservatively, though, copper costs around $4-$15 per square foot.
Additionally, investing in copper roofing will increase the resale value of your home. Across the country, homeowners who invest in metal roofing get an average ROI of 85.9%. Metal roofing can also lower your insurance rates because of its fire resistance, especially in states like Texas and California that are vulnerable to wildfires.
Maintenance – Cleaning Copper Roofs & Shingles
Copper Roof Maintenance:
Unlike many other metal roofing materials, copper requires no painting or finishing. Copper roofs have the potential to expand and contract during weather changes which can cause the fasteners to become loose and require repair but this isn’t a major concern and is an easy fix even when it comes up.
Cleaning Copper Roofing:
Copper roofing can lose it’s beautiful shine after many years, but there are methods for cleaning a copper roof to restore its natural copper appeal. There are options for copper roof cleaning that include a chemical or natural cleaner to restore it’s original look, which can be done yourself with large amounts of store bought or natural home-made cleaner. However, many people opt to find a professional copper roof cleaner to help with cleaning copper roofing materials and restoring shine instead.
Preserving the Original Copper Shine:
When first installing your copper roof, you can preserve the shine by coating the entire copper roof with a clear polyurethane coat or a clear lacquer to preserve the natural new shine of your roof. This will prolong the patination of your copper roof and postpone the natural green color that comes with natural oxidization.
Copper Roofing – Eco-Friendly
You can significantly decrease the environmental impact of your home by investing in a copper roof. Lasting a century or more, copper roofing does not have to be replaced. Traditional roofing products contribute an estimated 20 billion pounds of waste to U.S. landfills on an annual basis. Investing in a copper roof eliminates the need to ever demolish or purchase other roofing materials that would just end up in a landfill. Throughout its life cycle–from extraction to recycling–copper has minimal impact on energy consumption and natural resources. Additionally, copper’s benefits do not end once construction is completed. Copper materials are completely recyclable, so even after demolition it can be used again in its entirety with no decrease in the characteristics that make it such a desirable material.
Things to Consider with Copper Roofing
If you are unfamiliar with metal roofing, you may have concerns about the potential for noise from rain and wind. Proper attic insulation, which is a best practice no matter what type of roof you have, will keep your home quiet, even during storms. Additionally, copper roofing will not increase your likelihood of a lightning strike. While copper does conduct electricity, electricity is not drawn to it. In fact, because copper roofing is fire resistant, if your home is struck by lightening, your risk of fire is actually decreased, so your copper roof just might keep you safer.
You may also be interested in some of these roof type options as well:
- Copper Roof
- Clay Roof Tiles
- Concrete Tile Roof
- Corrugated Roof
- Foam Roof
- Hip Roof
- Metal Roof
- Rubber Roofing
- Slate Tile Roofing
- Standing Seam Metal Roof
- Steel Roof
- Tar and Gravel Roofing
- Tile Roofing
- Tin Roofs