Copper: Classic & Modern Roofing
As the centuries pass, old American homes may see their interior and exterior envelopes transform from one style to the next. Lead free piping; new paint or plaster; fresh electric, telephone, or Ethernet wiring, revamped mechanicals; and so on. And yet often enough, the original copper roof remains, patina intact, adding olde-world character to the modern amenities inside. Like slate and clay tile, copper roofs endure with grace, becoming more beautiful over time, their warm bronze transforming into soft green.
So long as you keep up with your copper roof’s occasional maintenance, of course. Nothing so wonderful can be completely effortless. But your reward is a durable and ever more beautiful roof.
A well maintained copper roof can last centuries. It brings incredible value to the home and anyone fortunate enough to live beneath it. But generational value, the stuff of monarchs, churches, and lasting institutions, is a tough sell in a world of throw away, pocket prone supercomputers.
And yet today’s consumers, usually so fickle with their technology, are showing renewed interest in natural, sustainable, recyclable, and resilient building materials. Perhaps forward-thinking durability isn’t such an antiquated idea.
Copper, as a natural and fully recyclable product with high recovery value, rarely finds its way into a landfill. That would be a tragic waste. The raw material can be used again, countless times for countless new products, even if its career as a roof has ended. Contrast this against composite or asphalt shingles that are fully synthetic, enjoy shorter lifespans, and frequently wind up in dumps where they winnow down into tiny plastic particles instead of biodegrading.
These synthetic products can’t be transformed into anything else; they’re simply waste, accumulating in our oceans, and they’ll remain waste for eons.
Copper is natural, harmless, and infinitely reusable. In a world of increasing scarcity, true re-usability is incredibly rare and equally valuable. Particularly so for copper.