It’s Hard to Beat a Metal Roof, and It’s Really Hard to Beat Copper
Metal roofing continues to grow in popularity across the country, and for a good reason. By many metrics, metal roofing is now the fastest-growing sector in residential roofing. There’s a lot to like about metal as a roofing material. It’s dependable, long-lasting, and needs little in the way of ongoing maintenance, especially in comparison with many other roofing material options. But in the eyes of many, copper still shines as the gold standard for metal roofing.
What’s so great about copper? Natural copper starts with a shiny color penny appearance, and over time transitions to a blue-green patina finish that can last 100 years or longer. Copper can withstand pretty much anything Mother Nature decides to throw at it, and people really appreciate its unique aesthetic. So that begs the question: If copper is so great, why don’t you see copper roofs all over the place?
But Copper Has Its Drawbacks, Too
Copper is a beautiful metal that makes for a beautiful roof. It won’t rust, never needs painting, and should last you a lifetime. Copper is a popular choice for high-end residences and historic restorations – IF you have the budget for it. One of the chief downsides of copper is its material cost – copper is the most expensive type of metal roofing. And another caveat to bear in mind with copper is that it isn’t simple to install, either. Copper roof installation requires custom welding of every seam and joint, so a copper roofing project is something that most roofing contractors aren’t correctly equipped or trained to handle properly.
What If You Could Have the Look of a Copper Metal Roof, at a Fraction of the Cost?
Maybe you really like the idea of a copper roof, but simply aren’t willing (or able) to pay the premium price for real copper. Well, what if we told you that investing in an expensive copper roof isn’t your only option? Metal that’s been pre-painted to look like copper is quickly growing in popularity and availability and is gaining favor among architects, builders, and roofers alike.
It could very well be worth your while to consider a galvalume steel roof coated with a Kynar copper tone! A galvalume steel roof can easily last you a lifetime with little-to-no maintenance, comes with its own great warranty, and is much more affordable than copper. How much more affordable, you ask? A faux-copper galvalume roof often comes in somewhere around 1/3 the price of natural copper! And if you’re curious about what a copper-colored galvalume roof actually looks like, check out this copper penny beauty installed by Skywalker Roofing:
Other Attractive Features of a Galvalume Standing Seam Metal Roof
• No Exposed Fasteners
Many metal roofing designs require fastening with exposed screws. The danger of this approach is that every exposed screw can become a potential leak source over time. You won’t have those worries with a standing seam metal roof; there are NO exposed fasteners. Rather, the roof is held tight by clips which are fastened to the roof sheathing underneath.
• Easy to Mount Other Roof Features
If you’re interested in adding solar panels, snow retention systems, or other external features, it’s easy to do with a standing seam metal roof. Items such as these can be mounted without needing to penetrate the metal or make any holes in the roofing surface. And fewer holes mean less opportunity for moisture to penetrate.
A properly-installed standing seam metal roof will last 2-3 times longer than any lighter-gauge, screw-down metal roofing. And a standing seam roof coated with Kynar paint will hold its color for decades, with no need for refinishing.
• Wind Performance
Standing seam metal roofs are very wind-resistant, and have been demonstrated to withstand wind gusts of up to Category 4 hurricane speeds. You simply won’t get that kind of performance out of most other roofing material options.
• Designed for Expansion & Contraction
Metal naturally expands and contracts with temperature changes, but a standing seam metal roof is engineered to take these expansions and contractions in stride. The raised metal seams interlock for effective moisture protection, but they’re also designed to float on their clip mounts to allow for metal expansion and contraction.
Metal is incombustible, and a standing seam metal design is particularly well-designed for preventing the fire from infiltrating below the metal roofing surface. While no roof can truly be considered to be fireproof, a standing seam metal roof comes really close!
• Kynar 500 Enamel
Kynar 500 resin-based coatings are baked right onto the surface of the metal, and they retain their color tone and gloss much better than traditional metal paints. Another advantage of going with a Kynar coating is that you can choose the exact color you want, without having to worry about any potential color changes from patination down the road. In other words, the color you pick for your roof now is the color it will keep!
Skywalker Is Your Metal Roofing Provider of Choice in NC and VA
Interested in a metal roofing solution that looks like copper without carrying the expensive price tag of copper? Skywalker Roofing specializes in the custom fabrication and installation of standing seam metal roofing right onsite, and you can choose from a full palette of colors including copper penny. We’re also exploring the option of sourcing some aged copper color options like streaked copper, speckled copper, copper patina, green copper, and aged copper. If you’d be interested in an aged copper color for your galvalume metal roof, just let us know!
Or perhaps your preference is still to go with a real copper roof. No problem! We’re a qualified local metal roofing contractor who can actually install a copper roof the right way. Many roofing contractors don’t have the training, specialty tools, or experience to handle copper roofing correctly, but Skywalker does! We can install copper dormer and copper flashing accents, too.
Skywalker Roofing is the elite metal roofing provider serving the NC Piedmont Triad, NC Piedmont Triangle, Lake Norman area, and the southern VA region. We’d be honored to take care of your metal roofing needs, no matter what type of material you prefer. Oh, and we install custom gutters and gutter guards, too!
Ready to get your perfect roof installation solution in NC or VA? Reach out to us by calling at +1 (336) 627-5596. One of our friendly experts will be happy to answer your questions, and then we can schedule your FREE home inspection and personal consultation, too. Get in touch with Skywalker today, and let us install the last roof you’ll ever need!