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The roof is made of copper - is overdue

The roof is made of copper - is overdue For copper we have a special attitude. Metal, though not precious, but still noble. Copper samovar, copper coins ... Pushkin " Bronze Horseman ", finally (by the way, the statue is actually bronze). Even such a profession was in pre-revolutionary- coppersmith. That copper from time immemorial - and forever! Wing - domes of Orthodox churches. Under the noble patina copper roof were (and in some places still are) old mansions of the nobility, having gone through several generations of his masters ... During the same " parsimonious economy " " Copper Age " in the domestic construction was replaced by " age ": iron copper was exclusively on the needs of the " ", defense and typical high-rise buildings and factory sheds the cities and villages of our country were covering unassuming galvanized. And the amazing quality of the copper roof again " declassified " and are available to the private developer.

Seriously about copper as a unique roofing material, not the elite, and quite accessible to the ordinary homeowner, we spoke seven or eight years ago. Of course, the copper roof, as any high-quality material, not cheap (about $ 25 per square meter), but, first, its cost is quite comparable with the cost of a prestigious ceramic tiles. Second, if one-time costs for the device copper roof divided into its lifetime (which is a hundred years hundred and fifty for sure), keeping in mind the complete absence the cost of routine maintenance: paint - no need to perestilat - do not, you get less of the available galvanized iron, whose maximum life span - about ten years. And then - subject to mandatory painting and sealing gaps in the spring.

Often, estimating the cost of copper roof, the customer asks the question: Why do I need a roof at one hundred and fifty years, since so much and do not live! Right. But what about children and grandchildren? They will receive a wonderful gift from you - reliable roof of copper , which is not have to worry all the time will be home. And then: according to statistics, the average age of the builder - 40-50 years. Now, after 15-20 years (average life of low-cost roofing materials) you have to be fit to sit in his home by the fireplace, playing with his grandchildren. And certainly, repairing leaky roofs is unlikely to become enjoyable in old age. Convinced? By the way, a prudent homeowner does not think copper roof is unreasonably expensive.

What color PRESTIGE?
In fact, the copper roofing is unparalleled, it is good and as a shield from the " acid " rain, and as absolutely harmless stuff. And the prestige of playing hosts: copper " headpiece " worthy to grace any, even the most luxurious palace, and only private cottage in turn local landmark. And this for ages! Copper only get stronger with time - as the Siberian larch in the water. That is why the Venice and stands on wooden stilts, and spoiled innovations Western Europe - a sheet of roofing copper. And all because, thanks patinovoy film formed by oxidation in air, copper is extremely resistant to wear becomes.

Furthermore, the heat conducting copper, and hence possible winter heating roof, prevents the formation of icicles and ice. It is no secret that a stray icicle can injure (or, at least, is not a joke to frighten) unwary passerby and cleaning of roofs from snow and ice with a shovel and a crowbar necessarily " traumatize " already very roof.

" Fresh " attractive copper sparkles in the sun, " blind " eyes. Some time later the roof a distinctive bronze color, and another 10-15 years covered by the noble patina, " green ", malachite how romantic it is called in the West. However, if desired, the process of natural aging can accelerate and resorted to technology of artificial patina. In Moscow, for example, can hardly be distinguished from the copper roof of the historic date, if it has artfully " age " patina. A track record " copper roof " impressive: Gostiny Dvor and the Hermitage Theater, Novodevichy Convent and School of International Business, Civic Center " New Opera " and Losev House Museum in the Old Arbat, a shopping center " Nautilus " and luxury homes " Donstroya " ...

roll up - as banks. Zaludit - HOW Taz
Roofing begin with unit of the rafter. If the home provides the attic, is standard Insulating " cake ". It consists of the insulation (thickness not less than 200 mm), paromembrany overlooking the pairs, but delaying the water air gap, providing adequate ventilation. Well, the last " layer " - Crate. This is not an easy design, including the ventilation system, provides a favorable microclimate in the house; the roof does not leak, do not sweat and does not decay during the life.

The next step - laying. Installation of copper roofs can be carried out in the same manner as previously worked with galvanized sheet metal: Single-fold and the short list. However, most serious construction companies are using modern technology installation. Copper rolled out a long sheet of the entire length of the ramp, and " crosslinked " double seam. The result is solid roof, without a single hole, which will serve as much as copper itself. Sealing machines provide a roof leak canning banks!

Copper - a very flexible plastic material; it is available for virtually any form of roofs. Also, the roof right on the spot " acquires " and all attendant: plums, gutters, skating, gutters ... (And in fact, these additional elements usually affect the final cost of the roof, making, for example, metal roofing is two to three times more expensive than stated in the advertisement). With copper easier: in the case are any remnants of tape, all trim and scraps. No " waste products "!

Everything happens in life. And the storm-hurricanes bypassed or capitals, or villages. Trees were falling and flying in a vortex heavy objects plucked from the field of promise. And if the roof at a time of raging elements do not went and got off easy (or not), mechanical damage, then all points of view to patch again much easier to copper roof. Unsightly slate, for example, or pretentious tiled would perestilat fully (or, at least, a very significant part of it), and copper mend locally: to tin hole (like a copper pan), artificially " is old " patch, so it did not differ in color - and order! And you will not find a trace!

Copper endure not only the bad weather, but any whim of his owner or aspiring architect. Figure roof can mimic tile, masonry, fish scales ... Yeah whatever! True, the ornate pattern of more to come out. Manually, you can tell the author's work. And she will agree is well worth it.

Now I understand why zealous priests under the gold leaf on the dome of the underlying copper - it is lightweight, durable, easy to care and styling.

The younger brother of copper
All the copper is good, but that's one limitation - color. Dye noble copper roof - the same as " write " a masterpiece of art. Therefore, if the concept of the architectural ensemble provided another color (rather than traditional copper - brown-green), you can use the aluminum sheet. Aluminum roofing manufactured by the German concern Alcan. Incidentally, this group supplies aluminum for the bodies of some Audi models and BMW. Roof covered with aluminum complex polymer (PVdF), produces more than 40 colors, including coatings that mimic the old copper, bronze and light " metallic silver ". This greatly enhances the exterior color solutions. For example, rainwater can be either the same color as the roof and the color of the facade. The service life of the aluminum - 80-90 years, and the warranty on color retention is 40 (!) Years. Aluminum has excellent thermal conductivity and resistance to sunlight, " acidic " rain and mud. The polymer is coated with a special film, which additionally protects it from damage during transportation and installation, roofing aluminum, as well as copper, fit-tested for centuries way - by fold, comes in rolls and not slip (so that the risk of slipping under the floor at the roofers nullified ).

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