Experience is Key
Copper’s potential, whether as ornamentation, gutters, or roof, is limited only by the imagination of the architect or craftsman. Copper roofs are usually assembled using either a continuous sheet of metal, laid down as interlocking panels, or with numerous overlapping shingles. Continuous sheeting requires precise measurement for an exact, seamless fit. It is a unique, one-off specialty job, and so less common than panels. Copper panels tend to be cheaper, and come in standardized widths. This convenience entails very visible seams, where the panels are sealed together. Standing seam copper roofs are crimped together; others might be soldered or welded. Copper shingles are inexpensive, relatively, but care must be taken to avoid damage to the material. Copper shingles require copper fasteners, instead of steel or aluminum, to avoid the unusual reaction copper has when it comes in prolonged contact with other metals. Copper can be cranky, and it bears repeating: experienced roofers are essential.
Whichever style you decide, a copper roof is a sound investment. It can increase the monetary value of your home, boost its curb appeal, and inspire confidence in potential buyers. It’s a metal roof. There’s not much to worry about, so long as someone has kept up with occasional maintenance. Among the drably outfitted asphalt homes, limping along from decade to decade on tar patches and roof replacements, any copper roof is a seductive conversation piece.
To defray some of the installation and material cost of a new copper roof, it is common to cover only some portions of the roof, or limit its application to a spire, balcony, turret, or awning. Even in smaller quantities, a properly soldered copper seam, valley, or chimney flashing will offer considerable protection from water, while providing the lasting beauty of metal instead of unsightly tar or caulk.
True for any contracting work, but especially so for premium materials like slate, clay roofing tiles, and copper, is the importance of experience and skill for roofing repairs and installations. Sure, copper is durable and flexible, and you would expect to always get a capable contractor for a premium material. But due diligence is still key. Even the best roof will fail early if installed by clumsy, inexperienced jack-of-all-trades contractors. Beware, too, excessive discounts meant to seduce buyers. You might find yourself dealing with thin air when their shoddy work fails.
Look for a roofing contractor that stands by their work. Recognized for integrity in business practice and quality of craft. The Durable Slate Company has completed thousands of roofing projects, in copper of course, but also slate and clay tile. We are masters of historical preservation and specialty roofing materials. We have been awarded time and again for ethical business practices and our world-class craftsmanship. Save yourself the heartache of a questionable contractor and the dread of a leaky roof; choose The Durable Slate Company