They can be seen gracing the tops of historic buildings in Europe, and to a lesser extent across North America. Copper roofs are truly unique, with their burnished look that turns a dull green over time. If you're looking for a way to add unique character to your home, having a copper roof installed may be the answer. But don't jump the gun. Consider these pros and cons before you decide that copper is the way to go.
Pros of Copper Roofs
- You will never need to replace it. Copper roofs can last for centuries. The rest of your home will probably be worn out and ready to be demolished long before your copper roof shows any signs of wear. You may pay a little more for a copper roof upfront, but you'll save money by avoiding replacements. Copper roofs don't often spring leaks, either, so there's no need to really budget for repairs.
- They don't need to be sprayed or maintained. Other metal roofing materials, including steel and aluminum, need to be periodically painted to keep them from rusting away or becoming pitted. Copper never needs to be sprayed. You can have your copper roof treated with chemicals to slow or speed up the weathering process that turns the copper green, but this is purely optional.
Cons of Copper Roofing
- It can be hard to plan for the color change. Your copper roof will start off looking like a newly minted penny. Then, over a period of a few years, it will slowly turn a dull greenish gray, before finally taking on the same green color that the Statue of Liberty now has. You'll have to take this color change into account when choosing colors for your siding, trim, and other home elements. Finding a color scheme that looks good with both new and weathered copper may be challenging.
- Finding a roofer who specializes in copper may be tough. Copper roofs are not all the common in North America, so you may have to do some searching before you find a company that provides this service to your area. A good place to start is with companies who offer metal roofing, like Sky City Roofing. They may work mostly with steel and aluminum roofs but be able to install a copper one upon request.
If you're able to find a roofer who works with copper and you're ready to embrace the color change, then a copper roof is a durable, low-maintenance, dependable option. You'll also be the talk of the neighborhood because chances are, no one else in your town has such a classy, interesting roof.