If you’ve ever visited Ottawa and noticed the uniquely coloured green roofs on our capital’s historic parliament buildings, you’ve seen an example of copper roofing at its finest. While for many years this method of roofing was reserved for public institutions such as government buildings, universities and churches, copper is now used in roofing systems, flashing, gutters, downspouts, and other roofing and design elements on all types of homes and office buildings. Copper’s continued use in architecture throughout history can be attributed to its durability, corrosion resistance, malleability and prestigious appearance, all of which contribute to long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing results.

The Benefits of Copper

Copper’s excellent resistance to corrosion over time is one reason for its popularity in roofing systems and design elements. As opposed to aluminium or steel, copper has no “finish”, so it won’t rust, scratch or peel. Instead, copper weathers naturally, forming a beautiful green patina (sometimes called verdigris) that protects the underlying copper surfaces. This provides an extra layer of protection from leaks, ultimately leading to fewer problems over time. This eye-catching “aging process” adds to copper’s durability and long lifespan, making it an attractive choice for use as a roofing material.

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If you’ve ever visited Ottawa and noticed the uniquely coloured green roofs on our capital’s historic parliament buildings, you’ve seen an example of copper roofing at its finest. While for many years this method of roofing was reserved for public institutions such as government buildings, universities and churches, copper is now used in roofing systems, flashing, gutters, downspouts, and other roofing and design elements on all types of homes and office buildings. Copper’s continued use in architecture throughout history can be attributed to its durability, corrosion resistance, malleability and prestigious appearance, all of which contribute to long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing results.

The Benefits of Copper

Copper’s excellent resistance to corrosion over time is one reason for its popularity in roofing systems and design elements. As opposed to aluminium or steel, copper has no “finish”, so it won’t rust, scratch or peel. Instead, copper weathers naturally, forming a beautiful green patina (sometimes called verdigris) that protects the underlying copper surfaces. This provides an extra layer of protection from leaks, ultimately leading to fewer problems over time. This eye-catching “aging process” adds to copper’s durability and long lifespan, making it an attractive choice for use as a roofing material.

Another benefit of copper roofing and copper work is copper’s low-maintenance factor, since it does not require cleaning or maintenance over time. Copper also has antimicrobial properties that make it effective against the accumulation of bacteria, mold and fungus. Perhaps its biggest selling point is that when installed properly, copper work and roofing is a one-time buy, as opposed to other roofing materials such as sheet metal.

How Copper Is Used in Roofing Systems

 

Aside from copper roofing, popular types of copper work on home and office buildings include bay windows, arches, flashing, gutters, downspouts, eyebrows, turrets and dormers. Options for the type of copper used in this kind of work include 16oz copper, 18oz copper and leaded copper. The choice between using 16oz or 18oz copper for your roofing project is purely a matter of preference, whereas leaded copper (copper that has had lead added to it) offers added benefits in that it helps to prevent staining down walls and other non-copper areas of a building over time.

Why Choose Copper?

Copper is the first choice of many homeowners because, simply put, it looks better than any other metal currently available for use in roofing systems. Copper’s unique beauty enhances the appearance of a home and significantly increases its value. A durable metal, copper requires little maintenance and encounters fewer problems over time as compared to other metals used in roofing.

The beauty of copper is that, despite its rugged durability, it is in fact a softer metal, which allows it to be easily tooled. This also means that copper is an extremely sensitive material to work with, requiring a knowledgeable and experienced professional to carry out this specialized work.

Integrity Roofers’ team is pleased to offer this unique service to our customers. With over 30 years of experience in the copper roofing industry, our roofers possess the specialised knowledge and skill necessary to create a beautiful finished product. We specialize in copper bay windows, eyebrows, turrets and dormers, but also have extensive experience in all other types of copper work and copper roofing.

Thinking of having copper work done on your home or commercial building? We are always happy to answer any questions you may have with regards to your roofing project. Contact us today for a quote based on your unique interests and needs.

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