Metal & Copper Roofing Blog

Pros & Cons of Solid Copper Roofing

Copper roofing is renowned for its beauty and longevity. It can be formed into different profiles to suit the architecture of a given structure, and its unique ability to form a beautiful patina make every roof distinct. If you're considering copper roofing for your project, here's what to know about the pros and cons of this beautiful metal.

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Topics: copper roofs San Francisco

Two Ways to Get a Green Copper Roof

One of the most distinctive characteristics of a copper roof is its famous green patina. This process is slow and uneven, but it's also inevitable in an exposed solid copper roof. If you'd love a beautiful green copper roof, here are two ways to make it happen.
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Topics: copper roof supplies

How Long Does a Copper Roof last?

One of the many selling points of copper as a roofing material is in its longevity. Copper is one of the longest lasting roof systems you can find - anywhere. A properly selected and installed copper roof can literally last centuries, and there are plenty of examples around the world of original copper roofs that were installed in the 19th century and are still protecting the buildings they top! But people want to know if that's true of the copper roofs we install today. How long does a copper roof really last?
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Topics: copper roof costs, copper roof facts

Copper Roofing and the Patina Process

Metal Roof Network is a copper roofing specialist, and we've been fortunate to supply material for all kinds of interesting and exciting residential and commercial projects. One of the inherent qualities of real copper is the dramatic change in color it experiences over time - the patina process. While there are treatments that can be applied to keep the copper shiny and looking like new, but without them, it's that distinguished and unique patina that makes each copper roof truly custom. Here's what you should understand about copper roofing and the patina process.

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Topics: copper roof facts

Everything to Know about Copper Roofing

Copper roofing tops some of the most famous buildings in the world. What began as a striking orange-brown shade develops a distinctive and highly unique patina - that unmistakable greenish blue of aged copper. And while many of these buildings have undergone extensive renovations, the roofs remain. What does that tell you about the durability of this particular roofing material? These days, it's little surprise that copper continues to be highly prized, specified by architects and desired by homeowners and builders alike. If you're investigating roofing options for a renovation or new build, this is everything you need to know about copper roofing.

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Metal Roofing for Dummies

No matter how many times I write on the topic, I still hear the same questions regularly. One of the most common questions is some variation of: what’s the advantage of metal roofing? There are many advantages of metal roofing over other options on the market today - enough that I've written a re-roofing booklet and several comparison guides (free for download here). But to quickly summarize, here's a metal roofing for dummies guide.

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DIY Metal Roofing

Since we are a supplier of metal roofing systems and not an installation contractor, we get variations of this question all the time:  Is a metal roof difficult to install? The answer is no. That's especially true if you’ve done rudimentary sheet metal work and are even superficially familiar with installation of most any type of sloped roof material.

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DIY Copper Roofing Patina

Among our most beautiful metal roofing systems are our pre-aged copper tiles, shingles, and diamonds. While there are a myriad of “fake” aged copper finishes now coming onto the market, you know if you’ve read many of my previous posts on the topic that my problem with them all is that they are just completely too regular to be convincing. One of the features of actual copper, whether naturally or artificially aged, is that it’s just so irregular. Copper doesn’t age consistently over an entire roof, because trees, exposure, prevailing winds, and drainage patterns all impact the way a roof “sees” the weather and all of these elements affect the rate of patina of any given section of roof.  One of the things we try to do when we artificially age copper roofing is to vary the amount of the acid that gets applied to different sections or even individual tiles.  This helps accelerate the variability that will come naturally to a copper roof over time.

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What's the Best Metal for Diamond Shaped Roofing?

I was asked this question the other day and it made me think of how obvious and conditional the answer would be - but at the same time how mysterious it must be to someone outside the industry. Here's an example of a possible exchange.

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Topics: copper diamond shingles, diamond shingles, diamond shaped roofing, metal diamond roofs

Replacing Asbestos Roofing with MRN h-25 Diamonds

We were contacted a few years ago by a church group in South Dakota. They needed to replace the aging asbestos diamond shingle roof on their historic stone structure, and they wanted a re-roofing product that would offer at least as long a lifespan as the original asbestos roof. They also something that could offer a similar appearance so as to preserve the architecture of the beautiful original structure. So, they started researching their options online.
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