We ran across an interesting article addressing the pros and cons of copper roofing. And while the pros are all right on, there is one con listed that we just have to dispute:
"While copper is a superior roofing material overall, there are a few drawbacks that should be considered. First, like all metal roofs, copper roofing is noisy during storms. It tends to amplify weather noise, rather than dampening it."
The whole metal roof/rain concern is one we recently addressed in another blog post. The fact is, copper is actually the least resonant of all metal roof materials. It's a softer metal, which means by its very nature, it just won't clang like a cymbal when it's being pelleted by rain drops. And the issue is rather moot anyway, since modern metal roof systems are typically installed over substrates and underlayments that prevent reverberation and deaden sound, so they don't make any more noise in the rain than most other types of roofing material today.
The article also listed copper's ability to expand and contract as temperatures fluctuate, which can indeed be a drawback. It's an issue that must be considered during the design and installation stages, which is why an experienced copper supplier and installer is so critical. Even the profile itself can make a difference - our 10" diamond shingle is actually small enough that the possibility of expansion and contraction is dramatically reduced.
Another potential drawback, which the article neglected to mention, is price. Copper is among the costliest materials with which to roof a structure. It's a statement roof and the benefits are many, but you won't find a cheap copper roof - and if you do, be wary.
Here's a quick list of the pros of copper roofing:
1. Aesthetics - Copper roofs are stunning, boosting curb appeal and resale value.
2. Performance - From fire, wind and water-damage resistance to its incredibly long lifespan, few roof materials perform as well as copper.
3. Eco-Friendliness - Usually recycled and recyclable, these roofs aren't destined for landfills like some other popular products.
If you're considering copper, talk to us. Copper roofs are our specialty, and from the planning and design stages all the way to the most experienced and qualified installer for the job, we're happy to help.