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The Downside of Copper Roofing for Minnesota Homes
If you’re at all familiar with our website – including our blog – or if you follow us on Facebook, you may have noticed we don’t have much information on copper roofing. Now, you might wonder why a company who specializes in the installation of metal roofing on homes here in the Twin Cities area doesn’t talk about this particular type of metal roof. There’s a good reason for that – there are just too many drawbacks for us to confidently recommend it to prospective customers.
- Copper is softer than other metals used in roofing, such as steel. That makes it more susceptible to impact damage. And in an area like ours that’s prone to hail and high winds that can blow debris like tree branches and even limbs against a roof, that is definitely a drawback.
- Copper roofing is one of the most expensive options on the market. Of course, we recognize that most metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingles to install, but of all the metal roofing choices, copper is the most costly. On average, a steel roof installation will cost about $10-$12 per square foot; copper roof installation will run you somewhere between $15-$25 for the same area. In general, the smaller the roof area you’re covering (such as an accent roof over a porch), the more you’ll pay per square foot.
- It may be hard to find a roofing contractor who can install or repair a copper roof. The installation of copper roofing is a highly specialized process, and not too many roofing contractors – even those who specialize in metal roofs – have the skills and equipment to handle copper roofing.
- The color choices are very limited. Unlike the steel roofing we install, which comes in quite a few colors, copper roofing comes in one color: that familiar penny shade. Over time it will acquire a green color – due to a process called patination. (Some copper roofing manufacturers apply a coating that will replicate the patination process so you get a greenish-toned roof right off the bat. But there are only a few shades to choose from.)
If you like the looks of a copper roof, we’ve got steel and other metal roofing available that provide that beautiful copper look and color, and what’s more, that color will stay for decades. No turning green. The photo above is just one example.
To find out more about what’s available in the more durable copper lookalikes in metal roofing, please contact us for a no-obligation consultation.