When it comes to deciding that you need a new roof, you’ll immediately come across the primary issue… materials. Which materials will you choose? There have been so many developments in roofing and materials over the last twenty years it’s likely that you’re not really familiar with the options. You may have even noticed that the asphalt shingle roofs are slowly disappearing.
If you love your house and want something durable that will last for decades, then consider a metal roof, and one of our Anderson roof installation experts. They’re not the same old tin roofs that took center stage in country songs and Mark Twain novels. In fact, some metal roofing materials, such as copper, are visually stunning as well as hardy.
What Does Copper Roofing Look Like?
Copper roofing is far and away from the tin roofs that have giant waves and terrible glare. In fact, most homeowners are finding copper roofs to be very appealing. Copper roofs can come in slats, squares which more closely resemble shingles, actual shingles, and in a continuous option. Copper shingles are still the most popular among residences. However, the most high-end option is the continuous roofing, which requires a particular skill to install.
However, it’s important to cover that copper changes color over its lifespan. Because of exposure to the elements and chemical reactions with water salt and other components that are commonly found in the air, copper will turn green. It is why the Statue of Liberty is green, and it is why many domes in historical architecture are now green as well. It’s not an unsightly green. You certainly won’t have a fluorescent speaking on top of your home.
Copper Roofing Benefits
Tired of curling or cracked shingles and the constant worry that you have a patch of missing shingles that you can’t see from the ground? While shingle damage is one of the signs that you need a new roof, you can put that worry to rest with copper roofing. One of the most sought after benefits is that the shingles don’t really curl, although they can still dent, crack, and come off.
However, the top benefit of having a copper roof is the extreme lifespan because of its high durability. Copper roofing should last about 70 years and calls for minimal maintenance.
Overall, people choose copper roofing because its durability is unmatched, and when considering the low maintenance and lifespan, the price point is very effective. It is also known as a staple in architectural appeal because of its appearance in many historical and monumental buildings and structures.
Disadvantages of Copper Roofing
The disadvantages of copper roofing are a few and far between. Well, noise is an issue if it is putting over an open frame; it is not something that will disrupt the entire household the way that other heavyweight metals might. When used with wood and other sound-absorbing materials beneath the roof, you might not even notice the sound. Perhaps the biggest deterrent for copper roofing, though, is the price point.
The average cost of a new copper roof is between $30,000 and $45,000, which is fairly expensive. However, it’s one of the more expensive metals available on the market. Most people looking at asphalt shingle roofing have a price point between $5,000 and $10,000. But, metal roofing quickly jumps up in price.
As we mentioned in the advantages section, the price point when you factor in the amount you’ll save on maintenance and the amount you’ll save in replacing roof every 20 or 30 years, the price becomes quite reasonable.
Is Copper Roofing Right for You?
Copper roofing is one of the many materials that are versatile enough to work well for both businesses and residences. However, it’s price makes it more reasonable for a residence than a business that will usually try to choose less expensive materials for roofing. A home with a metal roof won’t stand out the way it used to. In fact, the only slightly distinctive red and gold hues in the copper could grab attention in a pleasing way.
To find out if copper is truly right for your home, you should talk to a roofing contractor. At Anderson Metal Roofing, we work with copper and other metal materials daily. We can help you evaluate the direct impact that having a copper roof could have on your home and your home maintenance plan. Call Anderson Metal Roofing today to learn about copper roofing options!