The Advantages of Using Copper Roofing

There’s no doubt that one of the primary reasons why people choose copper for their roof is that it adds an element of uniqueness to their property because of its bold, brilliant tone. However, copper roofing not only adds an aesthetic value to your property, but also boasts several advantages.

A new from the ground of a stone house with copper gutters.

Copper is known to be a strong and durable material. It not only makes your property stand out, but it also assures you that you are getting a roofing solution that will last long and can withstand natural elements, including strong winds and hail. With proper routine maintenance, copper roofing can last for over a century, outlasting the occupants.

With copper roofing, there is no need to install reinforcements as it is generally lightweight and does not put that much stress on your home’s frame. It also does not require painting or finishing. Thus, you do not need to set aside a separate budget and time for painting or strengthening your home’s structure.

When it comes to maintenance, copper roofing does not require much. Overtime, copper will react with oxygen and when this happens, it may show signs of corrosion. However, unlike iron, this does not result in rust. This is a natural weathering process which transforms the shiny tone of copper to a unique green finish or patina. Additionally, copper has natural anti-microbial qualities that prevent the growth of mold, algae, and fungi. While you may still need routine inspection and maintenance for your copper roofing, elbow grease is not necessary as it will only cause damage to its patina.

Copper roofing can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer because it is thermal conductive. And like any other metal roofing, copper is fire-proof.

All in all, copper roofing is a good investment. If you ever decide to change your roofing system (which is very unlikely) after a decade or two, the material can be recycled or even resold at almost the same price, so you will never lose your investment as copper never loses its value.

Signs It’s Time To Repair Your Copper Roof

Copper roofing can last many decades and generally only needs minimal care like debris removal (which is recommended after the winter or after a rainstorm). However, although copper roofing has a long life expectancy, copper itself is somewhat a soft metal. Hail, water, and foot traffic may cause damage in your cooper roofing. Here are some signs of damage that you should look out for:

  • loose fasteners
  • cracks, fractures, and other mechanical damage (caused by a falling object like a tree branch, rock, etc.)
  • open or broken soldered joints or seams
  • evidence of leaks
  • evidence of prior improper repairs or installation

A properly installed copper roof will basically be maintenance free. However, if you see anything that concerns you, have the expert roofers at DeFrehn Roofing conduct an inspection or assessment. We can also recommend the best roofing solution – whether it’s to repair or completely replace the roofing system especially when the damage is too severe.

Remember that a roofer who is not familiar with copper roofing may not know the best material or technique to prolong the life of your roof and may cause further damages instead. Be sure to only hire the copper roofing pros in Bucks County, PA. Preserve the beauty of your copper roof. Contact DeFrehn Roofing today at 215-860-1000.