Copper was one of the alloys that represented a turning point in the development of mankind. More precisely, the transition from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age happened thanks to copper.
3000 years before the new era Copper was used as a tool for work, a tool. People also used copper to make food bowls and many solid objects. In addition to copper, gold also stood out as a precious alloy, but gold was much softer after the cooling process, so it was not adequate for making tools and tools for work.
With the development of technique and technology, it was possible to melt larger quantities of copper at once, which led to the creation of various copper figures, sculptures that are part of art even today.
Many historic buildings are made of copper, for example the Statue of Liberty, many chapels, large institutions in America and in Canada, Europe and all over the world have copper roofs.
Today, great care is taken to protect the environment, so more and more natural materials are used in construction that are environmentally friendly.
Due to its beauty, the copper roof gained primacy over steel and zinc. Many architects throughout history have used this material to cover roofs.
The very process of changing the color of copper roofs is one of the reasons and choices of many architects. Copper first shines with its light bronze color, the texture and luster of the bronze color which, due to exposure to atmospheric influence and wind, begins to change to a dark brown color with shades of green.
That green color is called PATINA (Verdigris Patina). Unlike rust, this solid green layer protects the copper base from further corrosion and decay, so in addition to the beauty of this color, patina is also considered a good protection.
There are many advantages but also disadvantages of a copper roof, we will list a few.
The advantages of a copper roof are:
1. Longevity. Copper roofing is more expensive than any other roofing material, but it is more durable. Copper roof is an investment for the future, unlike other panel materials that are about 25 years old, copper roof can last over 100 years.
2. Endurance. The copper roof is durable and more and more resistant over time. Over time, the copper material ages and gets a protective layer that serves as protection from the weather.
3. Copper roofs captivate with their beauty and have been proven to last for more than 100 years.
The beauty of this material represents prestige through architectural history and construction. Magnificent historic buildings have copper roofs.
4. Copper roofs are easily adjustable, which means that we can make even the most complex roof models. This material bends easily and that is why our team can make different curves and overlaps, all according to the customer’s wishes.
5. High value. Every buyer when he sees a property with a copper roof is aware that the price is higher because a copper roof is an investment in the future.
6. Copper roof is a good fire protection. If there is a forest nearby or you are afraid of fire from neighboring buildings, a copper roof is the right solution for you. This material melts at very high temperatures. Copper cannot ignite, so it will not cause a fire. And what is very important, copper does not emit harmful gases.
7. Copper is an ecological material. The fact that copper is an alloy found in nature and has antimicrobial properties. Copper roofs are not subject to corrosion. Bacteria and fungi will not be deposited on uninsulated copper materials, which reduces the possibility of rot.
8. Rainwater is sufficient to clean dirt and biological residues that are difficult to accumulate on copper roofs.
9. Copper as a roofing material is much lighter in weight than concrete tiles or tiles, and therefore the construction for making a copper roof can be much lighter, which will compensate for the initial high costs of the same construction of a copper roof. To make a copper roof, you do not have to install heavy metal structures, but lighter materials can be used to make the roof structures.
10. With really designed copper roofs and accurately made under professional supervision, the transition from hot to cold weather will not significantly affect the thermal energy in the building itself. If you are afraid of ice, we advise you to spiral heating with cables under the roof itself, which will avoid the possibility of placing ice crust in the cold winter months.
11. Copper roofs are environmentally friendly. They do not pollute the ecosystem.
Disadvantages of copper roof:
1. The disadvantage of a copper roof, but also its advantage is that the copper roof is easily heated at high temperatures, but also easily cooled at low temperatures, so it is necessary to place one layer of insulation under the copper roof.
2. In addition to thermal conductivity, the copper roof also has sound conductivity, so due to heavy rain or heavy rains it will cause additional noise, we advise customers to install sound insulation to eliminate this shortcoming.
3. High price. Not everyone can afford a copper roof. The high price of copper also contributes to the high price of the copper roof, but in the long run, this investment will certainly pay off, because the copper roof will provide many of your future generations.
If you are still in doubt whether the copper roof is the right choice for you, feel free to contact us and we will respond to all your requests as soon as possible, because our team with many years of experience will suggest the right solution.
Questions we can often hear about the copper roof
How do I keep my copper roof from tarnishing?
The process of tanning copper from a beautiful light bronze color to light green can take a long time, it often happens that the client wants the roof or part of the roof to be as bright as the first day of installation. There are liquids and gels that are applied to the roof and that do not harm the plants when washed, and the roof gets a shine like the first day.
How do you maintain a copper roof?
The basic maintenance of any roof is to remove branches and leaves with it. It is necessary to clean the gutter from leaves, branches and dirt in order to ensure that the rainwater goes into the sewer.
How long will a copper roof last?
The copper roof will last up to 100 years with regular maintenance during its lifespan.
Can you walk on a copper roof?
Our advice is to leave walking on the roof to experienced experts.
Why does a copper roof turn green?
Green is the natural color of patina. Patina protects the copper roof from decay. Light blue-green color can be seen today on many old copper roofs.
Do copper roofs attract lightning?
It is not true that a copper roof can attract lightning more than other metals. The high conductivity of copper creates protection of the roof from lightning strikes.
How long does it take for a copper roof to turn green?
Copper roof acquired a light green color over time, to which moisture contributes. If the climate is dry, it can take up to 20 years for the copper roof to turn green.
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