Monday, September 28, 2009

Design Tip of the Week (9.28.09): Hit the ROOF!

For the most part, roofs just don't get the notice they should. When you buy a house, its not on your list of creative projects. Usually a roof only gets done when it HAS to. But here are some reasons to reconsider just how much a a roof can change the look of your house. Its the hat your house wears so lets get a little creative!

A hands down, class act roof is COPPER. And what is fantastic about copper is that it looks way more amazing as it ages. The end result of the metal oxidizing due to the elements is called patina. Now if you don't have 20 years to wait for that patina look, don't worry...it can be aged a little faster through a little chemistry!

First a cheat sheet on copper and how it weathers {chart courtesy of Rutland Gutter Supply and Architectural Copper}


Here is a house with a copper roof which is still new as per its color. {Image courtesy of Design-Ties, who have a really fun blog post all about the many uses of copper in your home! Great job ladies!}


Here is an example of what copper roofing looks like when protective patina forms on it. {Image also provided by Rustland Gutter Supply and Architectural Copper.}


If your not into copper, here was a cool roof we ran into that was modern, fun and just a stand out from the crowd. The red roof plays nicely with the blue exterior color and white accents (which really makes the roof and the details of the house pop)> They also went with an interesting modern design for the front porch - notice the curved roof and the circular cut outs of the porches "railing".



Now get thinking about how you can hit your roof!

1 comment:

Rutland Gutter Supply said...

Rutland shares your enthusiasm for the use of architectural copper, such as the nice example of roofing in your blog, also roof domes, cupolas, finials, chimney caps, widows walks, roof vents and copper gutters. But aside from how elegant and classy copper is on the exterior and interior of homes, copper is also one of the most environmentally friendly and green building material in the world. Copper does not require painting, coatings and very little maintenance while being very resistant to corrosion and lasting for many decades or centuries. Copper is also the best when it comes to recycling at nearly 100%. Inside the home copper's elegance also provides health benefits with copper's ability to kill off germs, viruses, bacteria and microbes which come in contact with the copper surface. Copper is amazing!
Rutland Architectural Copper