Copper Roofing

History. Copper has been used as a roofing material for centuries. In America, the use of copper in architecture has been steadily growing since the time Paul Revere founded his copper company. One of the oldest copper roofs in America is Christ Church in Philadelphia, built in 1787.

Style. Copper has traditionally been favored by architects due to its endurance and lasting beauty. Today copper can be found in all types of architectural applications including industrial, contemporary and historical styles. Copper on a building enhances the features, adds substance to the architecture and value to the building.

Appearance. Copper is best known for its patinated green color. After installation, copper will turn from its shiny salmon color through various shades of bronze and hues of green before reaching its final patina, the familiar green color. This process can take 25-30 years.

Maintenance/Endurance. Though copper has a higher cost initially, properly installed copper roofing and flashings can last a lifetime with little or no maintenance. Copper is not only durable but naturally resistant to fire, as well as corrosion and oxidation from severe weather or industrial conditions.

Materials/Planning. The use of copper in architecture is a complicated process. Copper is available in red or plain, light green pre-patinated and pewterie gray alloy coated, as well as many different weights and tempers. The copper product selected for a particular application must take into careful consideration the structural requirements, location, and conditions of the building.

Environmental and Cost Performance Objectives. Building a sustainable world should include copper for its contribution to environmental performance. Copper is one of the most easily recycled metals available. Nearly all the copper ever mined is still in use today. Copper is totally recyclable. Each year the amount of copper recycled in the United States is equal to the amount taken from newly mined ore. Copper is an abundant natural resource. Only 12% of the worldwide resource of copper has been mined throughout history.

"Longevity, lasting a century or more copper roofs do not need to be replaced. This longevity reduces the need for new roofing materials and prevents the waste generated from other old worn roofing material. Across its life cycle— from extraction to recycling—copper has a minimal impact on energy consumption and natural resources, while its use has an immensely positive impact on energy efficiency, indoor air quality and life cycle costs."
- Building Green How Copper Can LEED The Way

"Based on a very positive recommendation from a structural engineering firm who evaluated our roof, we interviewed, referenced and subsequently engaged Rich Susca for our restoration project. Rich Susca—an individual of integrity, thoughtfulness, creativity and perseverance—was extensively involved in the project from planning through final delivery and follow up."

Copper Development Association