hello rick, my sweet
i am currently a first year student in DIT, doing architectural technology, and for my next project i am in the process of designing a house shelter, and am struggling to find any or at all information on copper slate or tile roof, i am obsessed with this idea of a roof, can you please help, x
Wow! This is a very challenging question. I will see if I can help. First let me tell you all the advantages of using copper or steel roofing. I know you are asking about the copper, but steel has similar qualities.
So, today, we will talk more about the copper slate and make that the main focus.
Manufactures of this type of roofing material are in harmony with all the new energy efficient materials entering the building industry. As a matter of fact copper roofing, including copper slate roofing is Energy Star rated and is considered "Green" roofing. It is very environmentally friendly. With it's reflective ability, instead of soaking up all the sun like conventional shingles, it reflects the sun's heat and helps keep a hope cooler in the summer, thus reducing energy bills.
Plus many of these products qualify for Government Energy Tax Credits.
And, you can so many other advantages with this material such as:
1. It's virtually maintenance free and lasts a lifetime
2. It's constructed in a way to help reduce noise
3. Dirt, leaves and other debris virtually washes off with rain
4. It's non-combustible
5. It won't wear out so you won't have to replace broken or worn shingles
The list goes on.
The reproduction of style and quality replicates slate and tile in a very natural way. The look is very authentic and there are many different styles to choose from.
A great resource for more about this roofing is a website called:
As for some drawings, here is a great PDF file for you to look at that has several drawings and cross sections plus installing drawings that should be very helpful.
Here are some examples of the drawings form this file.
Copper Slate Prep:
Copper Slate Trim:
Copper Slate Valley and Fascia:
I hope this helps. Rick
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