Since as early as the 3rd Century B.C., copper has been used as a roofing solution. Copper roof panels have been chosen for their durability, ability to resist corrosion and aesthetic appeal. Some copper roofs dating back to the 12th Century are still actively in use today, pointing to copper's longevity when used as a roof panel.
Copper roof panels have many appealing characteristics that make homeowners, builders and architects choose them over other materials. One of the biggest pros of copper roofing is the attractiveness and curb appeal of the panels. Copper roof panels have the ability to increase a building or home’s value, look completely unique and are a stunning, aesthetically-pleasing choice for a roof.
A copper roof also lasts for upwards of 100 years, is one of the strongest materials on the market and highly resistant to damage like scratches, nicks or blemishes. Copper sheets for roofing also increases a home’s energy efficiency by reflecting the sun’s UV rays rather than absorbing them. A copper roof is lightweight compared to materials like clay tiles or wood shakes, meaning your home’s internal structures will be under less stress, and virtually maintenance-free. Since copper roof panels undergo a natural patina process, you will never have to repaint or refinish your copper roof.
Copper roofing has only a few drawbacks. The biggest con is the cost, which is generally a bit higher upfront. However most copper roof owners find the cost to be worthwhile as the copper roof panels will last much longer than other materials like shingles. Another con may be struggling to find a contractor/installer who has worked with copper roof panels before. Copper may also expand and contract in areas with drastically different temperatures. These drawbacks are minor compared to the endless benefits of a copper roof.
A copper roof is an extremely efficient energy saving material compared to asphalt or stone shingles, primarily relating to heat gain. Add in the longevity of these panels (up to 1,000 years in many European examples) and you get an economical metal, even when accounting for the high initial copper roof cost. Copper roofs are known for their recyclability, longevity, energy efficiency and thermal efficiency.
A copper roof that's been correctly installed and properly ventilated can help homeowners lower heating and cooling costs by up to 25%. Copper's ability to reflect the sun's UV rays rather than absorb them make it a smart, energy efficient roofing choice.
Bridger Steel offers most of our steel panels in copper. Copper roof panels, unlike other metal panels like aluminum or steel, require 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 roofing's high initial investment, a series of paint systems have been created to act as copper alternatives so you can still get the look of a copper roof without the high upfront cost and difficult installation.
Bridger Steel's Weathered Copper finish mimics a full patina in a dry environment like Montana, while Antique Copper finish mimics a partial patina in a humid or coastal environment. Copper Penny finish is a wonderful alternative to copper's warm, initial look.