Copper Shingle Roofing Advantages
Copper shingle roofing brings an air of historic elegance to a home. Over time, copper changes in color from orange-red to bronze to brown. Then, over several years, the natural oxidation process produces the layer of blue green called patina. Some homeowners even buy aged copper shingles or use special sprays to get this weathered, antique look. Other homeowners use a clear coating spray to keep the copper from aging too quickly.
Copper shingle roofing is lightweight, malleable, durable and highly fire resistant. Unlike other metal roofing, copper shingles never require a new coat of paint or need refinishing. It never rusts, molds, dries out or cracks. Copper shingle roofing can also withstand heavy snowfalls, rains and high winds. It also reflects heat, which minimizes overall heat gain in the house.
Copper shingle roofing is also considered eco-friendly, since homeowners do not have to replace the roof as often. Many copper roofing manufacturers offer warranties for at least 50 years or more, and some copper roofs last up to 100 years. Copper can also be recycled, since the metal is quite valuable.
Varieties of Copper Shingles
Some copper shingles are made with full copper; although more expensive, this type of shingle is considered superior. Decorative copper shingle shapes like diamond, scallop, and rectangular can help customize a roof’s look. Shingles that look like slate or clay tile are also available.
Another type of copper shingle roofing has a top layer of copper foil and inner core made with fiberglass or other composite material. These copper topped shingles are less expensive, but also not as durable. Some brands can even be placed over an existing asphalt roof, so homeowners save on tear-off costs.
Installation, Maintenance and Care
Copper shingle roofing can be installed on lightly or highly sloped roofs. Copper shingles come in multi-shingle sections for easier installation, but single copper shingles are also available.
Copper shingle roofing requires an underpan or several layers of underlayments and insulation. Interlocking copper shingles are often installed with copper nails, while other copper shingles use a concealed fastener or joint pain system. An experienced roofer should be careful not to dent or damage the shingle during installation.
Homeowners should ask roofer about basic maintenance and cleaning for the copper shingles. However, in general, copper roofs are considered to be durable and low maintenance. Contact an experienced metal roofing company to find out more about buying, installing and caring for copper shingle roofing.