Pretty as a Penny; Tough as Nails: Using Copper in Commercial Roofing

Copper Commercial RoofingUsing copper is a popular, albeit expensive, choice of commercial roofing materials. In fact, the expense is often the sole reason alternative materials are chosen. But there are some clear (and shiny) benefits to using copper as a roofing solution:
 
  1. It’s durable. In some cases, it is known to have lasted centuries, but definitely will out live whoever is putting it on, which is one of the reasons it is often chosen for historic building applications.*
  2. It’s resistant to corrosion and harsh weather conditions. While that’s another way of saying durable, it also makes it a more sustainable commercial roofing choice.
  3. It’s beautiful. Copper starts out shiny, and over time changes colors going from a range of browns to a green patina copper is known for.
  4. It’s architecturally interesting. Bending and forming copper roofing components is often the work of a true craftsman.
  5. It’s safe. Copper, along with other metal roofing products, provides fire protection given its non-flammable characteristics.
So while the up front costs can definitely be higher, the benefits can often make it a smart choice in the end.
 
*These copper pieces are being installed on Nourse Hall, a historic building on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. These are custom-made by Mint Roofing, which has done five other similar projects on this campus.

 

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