Copper is one of the oldest materials used for roofing, and is still counted among the longest-lasting ones. If you’re on the fence on whether you should invest in a copper roof, read on as the local roofing and siding contractors at PJ Sullivan Construction share the advantages of copper roofing.
Lower Lifetime Cost
It’s no secret that copper roofing has a higher upfront cost than most other types of roofing systems. As a homeowner, you need to consider the roof’s lifetime cost instead of the upfront cost. Copper roofs last for more than 50 years. If properly cared for, a copper roof is worth the price of two asphalt shingle roofs.
Copper roofing also has lower maintenance requirements. Since it doesn’t corrode like metal does, you don’t have to worry about blistered or peeling outer coating. It even grows its own protective “skin” in the form of green patina. This means you are less likely to call for roof repairs over its lifetime. Considering these factors, a copper roof can have a significantly lower lifetime cost.
Lightweight and Flexible
Copper, along with other metal roofing options offered by roofing replacement companies, are among the lightest roofing materials available today. This makes the roof installation process more efficient, as it won’t take as many trips to transport. Lifting individual components to the roof deck during installation would take far less time and effort. A copper roof also places a significantly lower amount of stress on the house itself, which helps preserve its structural integrity.
A newly-installed copper roof is a sight to behold in its natural beauty. It doesn’t require paint or any type of coating; as we have described above, it doesn’t succumb to corruption. It means you can have an uncoated copper roof and you won’t have to worry about it looking run-down in its later years. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: copper roofs look even more beautiful as it ages.
The patina that develops on copper as it oxidizes serves both as a protective layer, which happens to have an aesthetic shade of green. If you wish to preserve the “newly installed” look, a clear protective coating can be applied upon installation. You should also consider pairing it with copper gutters to achieve the full aesthetic effect.
PJ Sullivan Exteriors is your leading provider of roofing installation services and offers both metal and fiberglass shingles. Give us a call at (201) 857-0600 or (914) 768-3002. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.
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