Copper has been used as a building material for centuries. Some of the most impressive architectural designs in the world have copper roofs or copper accent pieces. Copper is a very versatile metal that may be bent and shaped into nearly any shape you desire. The versatility and timeless beauty of copper are what draws people to it. People tend to love the way copper ages in such a graceful manner. Today I want to talk about how copper roofing makes such a bold statement in custom home design.
Shingles become damaged relatively quickly here in WI due to harsh winters, heavy snows, and rough summertime thunderstorms. Ice dams and drifting snow can pull shingles out of place, creating a gap through which water can flow and cause damage to the roof and structure of the home. The seasons change quickly here, and our roofs really have a difficult job protecting us from the weather.
Copper roofing is stronger than shingles, and lasts at least twice to three times as long. There are no pieces to work loose as with shingles, and no punctured areas that allow moisture to enter the structure of your home. Copper interacts with the elements and begins to turn patina over time, which is part of the timeless beauty it possesses.
If you’re unsure about whether you would like a full copper roof, start small and move forward as you feel comfortable. Choose a few accent pieces you would really like to see stand out in your home design. Gables are a great starting place because they’re set apart from the home. Regular shingled gables are incredibly pretty, but copper roofing on gables or dormers add a sophisticated grace to otherwise mundane architecture.
You’re Not Alone
Homeowners across the U.S. are choosing roofing materials that stand strong against hurricane strength winds and heavy snows. Some homeowners in warmer climes are choosing copper simply because of the beauty and durability. Copper doesn’t rust, it turns patina and lasts for 80 to 100 years on average. Obviously a little longer than the average shingled roof. Copper is the most durable metal used for roofing.
If you’re considering copper roofing, feel free to give me a call and we’ll discuss your options. I employ some of the best coppersmiths in the United States, and their dedication to excellence shows in their work. They are very experienced in creating custom roofing, custom copper guttering and downspouts, and sheet metal fabrication for all of your copper needs.
GSB Services, LLC is licensed and insured, and we’ve been around for many years. We have quite the reputation in the area, and we stand by our products and our work. Your initial consultation is free, so call me at your earliest convenience to discuss your ideas and options. Your dream plus my expertise and workmanship will be a force to be reckoned with.