Once only used on grand public buildings, copper roofing is now getting into the mainstream.
History of copper roofs.
Copper roofing has been around since the middle ages, but the metal itself goes back to antiquity. Copper has been mined and used by mankind since the dawn of civilisation. If you have any doubt about the material's suitability as a long term roofing material there are many fine examples of copper roofs in cities all over the world that are over two hundred years old.
The green colour on old weathered copper is copper carbonate, called verdigris. It is created when the surface oxidises. This surface oxidisation forms a protective covering to the surface.
When talking about old copper artifacts the green oxidisation is known as the "Patina"
Modern Copper Roofing
While copper is much sought after for heritage projects and feature roofs on expensive homes, it is slowly making it'd way into the average residential sector.
Pros and cons of copper roofing
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