If you’ve ever driven by a house, business, or restaurant with copper door and window awnings, you may have noticed that they appear to be turning green. Well, your eyes aren’t deceiving you – these awnings really are undergoing an amazing metamorphosis!
You see, copper does, overtime, turn into a beautiful shade of green. And when that copper is taking the form of a door or window awning, it adds even more aesthetic value to your home, restaurant, or business.
The Science Behind the Greening of Copper
While copper is already a beautiful orange-red, as copper architectural elements age they develop a green outer layer. This makes copper door and window awnings more appealing as they get older. There’s science behind this greening of copper, which is called patina.
The reason is that as copper is left exposed to the outside, such as when it takes on the form of a copper door or window awning, weather exposure and other outdoor elements cause several chemical reactions to take place. The gradual corrosion of copper left exposed to open air eventually results in your copper door or awning transforming from it’s original orange-red shade into a beautiful shade of pale green (or patina).
Famous Buildings from Around the World That are Displaying Patina
Copper has been a popular building material and architectural element for centuries. In fact, you may be interested in the greening of copper because you’ve seen an historic building with beautiful, pale green copper elements.
There are several buildings around the world, especially in Europe, that display the incredible green patina, including the copper roofs of the following buildings:
- The Belvedere Palace in Vienna
- The Berlin Cathedral Church in Berlin, Germany
- Wales Millenium Centre in Wales, UK
- The Rotunda at the University of Virginia in the US
Additionally, New York City’s very own Statue of Liberty is made of copper!
While you may not be able to replicate this look by replacing your traditional roof with an elaborate copper one (or erecting a statue in your garden), copper door and window awnings are a fantastic way of bringing this much-wanted design element to the exterior of your home, restaurant, or business.
Our Most Popular Copper Door and Window Awnings
If you want to add a touch of patina to your home or business, you’re in luck! At Crescent City Copper, we specialize in creating copper architectural elements. Some of our most popular copper door and window awning designs include:
With so many different designs available on our website, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. And if you see something you’d like to tweak, or have a unique idea of your own for a copper door or window awning, you can work with one of our coppersmiths to create a one-of-a-kind custom copper awning.
Accenting Your Copper Door and Window Awnings with Other Finishing Touches
The love of patina runs deep! Many of our customers who choose copper door and window awnings also opt for additional copper architectural details to be added to their home or business. Available options include copper chimney caps, cupolas, leader heads, conductor heads, louvers, roof and dryer vents, and gutters.
Contact Us to Learn More
Whether you have more questions about our copper door and window awnings, such as how long it takes for patina to develop, want to learn more about custom creating your own solution, or you’re ready to make a selection from our website, we’re happy to help. Simply call us today at (877) 251-5327.