Is Copper Roofing a Good Choice for Your Home?
Here’s what we cover in this post:
- Introduction to copper roofing and its history
- Benefits of copper roofing: durability, low maintenance, weather resistance, and more
- Customizability and versatility of copper roofing
- The protective patina of copper and its fireproof and eco-friendly properties
- The energy efficiency of copper roofing and its impact on curb appeal and resale value
- Expert installation in Las Vegas
Copper roofing has been around for a long time, going back centuries. Known for its durability, beauty, and other properties, copper is a choice for many architectural uses. But what makes copper a good choice for your roof? Here are some of the reasons we recommend copper roofing to our clients.
Benefits of Copper Roofing
Copper is a durable metal that won’t degrade, corrode or rust. Properly installed and with minimal care, your copper roof may be your last roof replacement. A copper roof will last a hundred years or more. Copper roofing needs little care, is not easily damaged by weather, and will protect your home, year after year. And, copper gains in beauty as it ages. It is a highly reliable roofing choice with a timeless appeal.
Copper is a malleable metal, making it one of the most versatile roof materials. Coppersmiths who work with copper can form it into panels, curves, waves, and other shapes to create the main roof, archways, walls, overhangs, rain gutters, fascia, flashing, and more. Prestige Roofing specializes in creating custom copper features that make each copper roofing project unique, blending with and enhancing the property’s best features.
Copper is a strong, durable metal that stands up to the elements and resists damage from the weather, making it virtually maintenance and repair-free. Besides the occasional storm debris to remove, a copper roof will not need regular maintenance.
A copper roof can handle high winds, rain, snow, and ice without damage. It is a preferred material in areas that experience storms as, unlike tile and shingles, copper roofing is less likely to break off in high winds or rains. It is also earthquake resistant, holding up well during a tremor.
Copper is also resistant to mildew and fungus. It naturally has antimicrobial properties, which is why it is often used for fixtures and walls in hospital settings.
Part of copper’s weather resistance is due to its ability to form a protective coating, called a patina. As copper ages, it adjusts to atmospheric corrosive elements, such as salty sea air or pollution, by building up an oxidized coating that changes the color of the copper and increases its strength. The weathering process takes 5 years or more, depending on conditions. The roof color will change as the patina reaches its final state, usually a blue-green hue. Once mature, this coating is very stable and will protect the roof indefinitely. Some beloved and beautiful copper domes in places like Europe are centuries old, still protecting the buildings beneath them.
Unlike wood, asphalt, and other roof materials, copper will not burn. It is a great choice for homes in wildfire-prone areas, as well as for safeguarding your roof from electrical or other causes of fire.
Energy Efficient and Eco Friendly
A copper roof is resistant to temperature changes. It reflects the heat of the summer sun, keeping the interior of your home cooler. And, in winter, it helps prevent heat loss.
Copper is a natural material that lasts indefinitely, so you are not putting old roof tiles into a landfill every 15-30 years. If you do remove any copper, it can be resold or recycled.
Choices for copper roofing, depending on your budget and goals, include copper shingles, copper panels, copper sheets or rolls, and copper roof tiles. There are also many options for additional decorative custom fixtures, walls, soffits, overhangs, and archways, as well as elements such as copper gutters and downspouts. Copper is a very versatile material and can add a creative, unique look to your home or business. Our team of experienced copper artisans and installers will work with you or your architect to achieve the look of your dreams.
Curb Appeal/Resale Value
Copper roofs are beautiful and will improve the curb appeal and resale value of your home, compared to an ordinary roof. A copper roof is a good investment and will give you decades of enjoyment and pride in your home.
Copper Roof Expert in Las Vegas
Featured in Architectural Magazine, Prestige Roofing is Las Vegas Valley’s leading installer of copper roofing and fixtures. Some of our projects include homes in MacDonald Highlands, the copper cupola atop the Nevada Supreme Court building, and custom copper roofing for the homes of celebrities around town. Take a look at more of our copper roofing projects in our photo galleries. For more information on how copper roofing can beautify your home, give us a call today.
Tom Romney has been working in the roofing industry for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of Prestige Roofing in North Las Vegas, providing luxury custom roofing services for homes and businesses in Southern Nevada, Utah and Arizona.