A solution that is easy to repair and environmentally friendly.
Copper roofing, when properly installed, provides a lifetime solution that is also easy to repair and is known for its environmental benefits. 18th-century copper roofs in Europe have been tested and proved to be in it for the long haul. These roofs will be in place and functioning well for up to one thousand years. A modern example we can see in the USA is the Statue of Liberty which has weathered driving rain, wind, and sun for a hundred years.
Copper requires no cleaning or maintenance and ages well, developing new colors with age and oxidation, leading to a much-coveted green patina. These colors can be induced early by chemically treating the material to achieve the many different browns, greys, blues, and greens found in aged copper. In industrial environments, the aging process can take 15-25 years while use in rural atmospheres can take up to 30 years to develop an optimal patina. This process is dependent on moisture in the air so dry, arid locations can mean your copper never achieves this green color and will, instead, age to ebony or dark brown unless chemically treated.
All that said, we’re in Florida where we know moisture in the air isn’t a problem so we can expect to see copper roofing achieving those beautiful colors in an optimal period of time.
Copper roofing styles.
Standing seam roofing gives buildings old-world charm and is composed of pre-formed pieces which run parallel to the slope of your roof and are joined with double-locked seams.
Flat-seam copper roofs are a good option for flat or low pitch surfaces and are also well-loved in dome applications.
Horizontal seam roofs are also known as Bermuda style because this method is used in Bermuda’s hurricane-resistant limestone roofing and is an excellent style for the collection of rainwater.
Batten seam roofing is much like standing seam in that it is composed of pieces running parallel to the slope of the roof, with the addition of wood battens which are covered in copper and locked to adjacent pieces. For example, chevron designs are achieved through this method.
Mansard roofs are optimal for vertical or steep pitched applications and are based on standing or batten seam construction and can add a distinctive architectural statement and curb appeal to your commercial property.