Top Quality Roofing Materials: The Pros and Cons of Copper

The Pros and Cons of Copper Roofing

The most attractive of all metal roofing options, cooper roofing is an increasingly popular metal roofing option, and for good reasons. The high sheen of brand new copper settles into a blue-green patina over time. Both hues can complement your home and give it a classic, unique flavor. There’s no doubt that copper roofing is beautiful, but its appeal doesn’t stop there.

Aside from being arguably the most beautiful roofing material, copper roofs offer superior safety, strength, and durability.

The Pros and Cons of Copper

Copper roofing, like most metal roofs, provides a wide range of benefits to the homeowner.

  • Curb Appeal – Copper is an attractive metal roofing material. If you aim to increase your home’s resale value, a copper roof could be an ideal choice.
  • Durability – Copper roofs are strong, lasting up to 50 years or even more with regular repairs and maintenance. The metal is highly resistant to fire, hail, and mildew.
  • Weight – Copper is a lightweight material, which is a clear benefit when installed as your main roofing structure. Lightweight roofs do not put as much stress on your home’s internal structures as heavier materials such as steel, clay tiles, or wood shakes. This is especially important during heavy snowfalls.
  • Efficiency – Most metal roofs are energy efficient, as they reflect light instead of allowing heat into the home. Copper is no exception. Installing a copper roof can help you control heating and cooling costs.

The drawbacks of copper roofing are few, but are worth noting. Noise can be an issue if the roof is installed over an open frame. The metal does not buffer noise as well as softer materials, like asphalt or wood, so it’s imperative to use sound-absorbing materials underneath: plywood, solid sheathing or an existing shingle roof are standard practice.

Like many metal roofing options, copper is generally more expensive than shakes or shingles. Installation is quick and easy, but the material itself costs more to produce.

Copper roofs tend to expand and contract frequently during weather changes. When this happens, the fasteners can become loose and require repair. This should not cause concern, but must be managed to ensure the safety of your home.

The benefits of a metal roof definitely outweigh the added expense, but this is a personal decision every homeowner must make on their own.

Could Copper Roofing Be Right For Your Home?

Contact All Roofing Solutions to learn more about copper roofs or other residential & commercial roofing options. Proudly serving customers throughout Delaware & southeastern Pennsylvania, roofing has been our passion and our profession for more than 15 years.

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. And don’t forget to ask about our discount of $400 off any complete roofing installation job!!!

2 Comments

  1. Posted January 5, 2017 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    While considering the longevity and maintenance, copper roofing are really an excellent choice for our house. Besides the aesthetic appeal, it also offers a lot of environmental benefits.

  2. Posted January 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I have been trying to add small adjustments to my house to make it more valuable and desirable, so that I can easily sell it. A copper roof would do me a lot of good, because it lasts very long, it looks good, and it helps with the heating and cooling costs. After I explain this to my potential buyers, they will probably be more likely to buy my house.

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