Copper Roofing in the 21st Century

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Copper has been gaining popularity in the roofing industry, probably because copper has so many benefits and advantages as a roofing material. Copper roofing is for everyone. Typically when people think of copper roofing, they picture downtown skyscrapers or fancy commercial buildings with shiny copper rooftops, but a growing number of residential homes are discovering how great copper roofing can really be. Recently, Schulte Roofing took on a project to install some beautiful copper roofing. So, we’d thought we’d take the time to explain or remind you of all of the great things about having your Bryan roofing contractor use copper for your metal roofing.

Just the Facts

Copper is actually a mineral and is labeled as Cu on the Periodic Table. Humans have been using copper for over 10,000 years. Although back then, a lot of this copper was used to make drinking cups, dishes, weapons, and armor, now it is used for much more with the introduction of smelting and refining copper into more usable forms. This material that makes up our One Cent Penny does much more for us than one might think. Copper is used for wiring, currency, sheeting for things like roofing, for refinery equipment, and many other applications. Believe it or not, it is an essential nutrient in our diet, and it is the third most widely used metal after iron and aluminum in the United States.

Giving my Two Cents

Although copper can get pricey when bought from some manufacturers, the benefits of using copper rather than other metals for roofing far outweigh the costs. says that “copper offers a character and durability that no other metal roof can match”. So, let’s take a look at a quick rundown of some of the extraordinary benefits for Bryan roofing contractors and their customers:

  • Long-life of almost 100 years
  • Less Maintenance Required
  • Does not require painting or finishing
  • Long-term costs are much lower than other metal roofing
  • Gives an Elegant Style

With these benefits alone, the decision to go with copper should be a no brainer. To find out more detailed benefits of copper roofing, just check with your College Station Roofing Professional.


The copper that is used to put on your roof is going to most likely come in rolled copper sheets. These are usually 16-20 oz. and have a width of 2-3 feet. A sheet is formed into what is called pan, and this pan can be up to 10 feet which is called short pan or can be longer than 10 feet which is called a long pan. Copper has a high conductivity of heat and in order to prevent the copper from bonding to the roof deck, building paper is used. So, the pans are placed on a minimum of 4 pound rosin-sized smooth building paper. Underneath this building paper are saturated roofing felts. Depending on the roof size and architecture, the ends of the pans are adjusted to fit and are styled. Talk to your Bryan roofing contractor today to find out more about the materials, fasteners, and equipment used in copper roofing.