Since as early as the 3rd Century B.C., copper has been used as a roofing solution. Copper has been chosen for its durability, and ability to resist corrosion, alongside its aesthetic appeal. Some copper roofs dating back to the 12th Century are still actively in use today, pointing to copper's longevity as a roofing panel.
Copper is an extremely efficient energy saving material compared to asphalt or stone shingles, primarily relating to heat gain. Add in the longevity of a copper roof (up to 1,000 years in many European examples) and you get an economical metal, even when accounting for the high initial copper roofing price. Copper is known for its recyclability, longevity, and energy and thermal efficiency.
Bridger Steel offers most of our steel panels in a copper roofing form. Copper, unlike other metals like aluminum or steel, requires expert installation. While copper is an excellent option as a roofing panel, its malleability is among the factors that make it a challenging installation.
Due to copper's high initial investment, a series of paint systems have been created to act as copper alternatives. Bridger Steel's Weathered Copper mimics a full patina in a dry environment like Montana, while Antique Copper mimics a partial patina in a humid or coastal environment. Copper Penny is a wonderful alternative to copper warm, initial look.