Why Choose Copper?
Copper Metal – Durable and Flexible for Outdoor Needs Such as Copper Awnings
Metal copper awnings can be used for doors or windows on a residence or commercial property to add a look of tradition and elegance. Other copper accessories such as copper gutters, chimney caps and cupolas each have unique applications which can serve to dress up the exterior of any building.
Architectural Uses for Copper
When choosing various building systems, architects, contractors, and building owners are faced with having to make decisions about material performance, life cycle cost, finish, recyclability, environmental friendliness, and ease of use. Copper is often the material of choice today, because of its advantageous characteristics in all of these areas compared to other architectural metals.
In terms of longevity and service life, copper architectural systems are known to be long-lasting and cost-effective for roofing and cladding purposes. Many structures in North America feature copper that has been in place for over 200 years, and in Europe there are examples of roofs which have been in service for over 300 or 400 years. Today we expect similar life spans for properly designed and installed copper systems.
Natural Aging and Durability
Why does copper have such exceptional service life? When exposed to the environment, it forms an extremely durable patina which protects the underlying metal from corrosion, damage, and natural wear. This very thin layer, which can exhibit a range of colors from browns and blacks to greens and blues over the life of the material, is the reason that copper performs so well throughout Canada. Patina formation starts immediately on exposure, and there are noticeable changes within six months after installation. The underlying copper is then protected, resulting in a material that exhibits great natural beauty, requires little maintenance and is exceptionally durable.