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Metal roofs are gaining in popularity due to their minimal maintenance needs, low annual cost and long lifespan. Another benefit of installing rooftops made from metal is the wide range of styles, colors and materials. One of the most popular options is copper, which can be formed into panels or shingles. A copper shingle roof installed by experienced Independence roofing contractors delivers 50 or more years of solid performance.

Copper shingles are light in weight, which means that they can be installed onto most homes without any need for additional structural supports within the attic walls. The shingles require the usual roof decking as well as a layer of membrane. No separate radiant barriers are needed with a metal roof because the shingles perform an excellent job of naturally reflecting the sunlight.

Copper is known for its high level of aesthetic appeal. The natural shine and warm glow of the copper adds beauty and resale value to the home. Over decades of exposure to the air, the shingles will develop a patina. Many homeowners find that the layer of patina adds character to the home's appearance. The patina does not adversely affect the performance, durability or lifespan of the shingles. No additional paints or coatings are needed on copper shingles.

The installation process for a roofing system made of copper shingles is similar to other types of shingles.

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However, it takes longer because the shingles are manufactured as individual pieces rather than long strips. If necessary, a homeowner can have the copper shingles installed over the top of asphalt shingles, but the asphalt layer will only have a lifespan of 30 to 40 years even when protected by the copper. A typical properly maintained copper shingled roof should last for at least 50 years.

Owners looking to enhance their home's energy efficiency will benefit a great deal from a copper roof. The attic space of a home will not absorb as much of the sun's heat when there is a metal rooftop in place. This means that the central air conditioning system will not have to work as hard in order to keep the house at a comfortable temperature and humidity level.

While there are many great reasons to select a copper shingle roof during a roofing replacement project, there are a few drawbacks. Copper shingles cost about four to five times as much as an asphalt shingle roof of the same size. Installing the copper shingles takes about five to seven days, compared to an average of three days for asphalt shingles.

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