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Metal, Copper and Zinc

The differences between metal, copper and zinc may not be entirely apparent. Collectively, they are all known as metal roofs, but the distinguishing feature comes in the fact that traditional metal roofs are either steel or aluminum. Copper and zinc outperforms traditional metal in terms of style, pliability and durability, however the price difference of traditional metal compared to its counterparts keeps it a lucrative choice for business and homeowners alike.


Copper and Zinc

Weathered Zinc Sheet Metal

Made to last for generations – little to no maintenance – durable – sustainable.
Zinc has been used on roofs for over 150 years.  For decades it has been the preferred choice for roofs all over the world in the form of architectural zinc – RHEINZINK.  This natural material has traced a prestigious course for almost half a century.  Time and time again, it wins customers over with its high-quality and is bound to impress with timeless style.  Roof coverings made of RHEINZINK set benchmarks, guaranteeing functionality and aesthetic appeal for generations to come.


Copper offers a character and durability that no other metal roof can match. Its appearance can complement any style of building, from the traditional to the modern. Its warmth and beauty make it a preferred material for many architects.

The use of copper is based upon traditional practices proven over many years.

Zinc and Copper

Cooper Oxidizing Process

There are numerous examples of copper roofs which have been in place one or more centuries. Copper’s resistance to the elements ranks among the highest of modern roofing materials.

When properly designed and installed, a copper roof provides an economical, long-term roofing solution. Its low life cycle costs are attributable to the low maintenance, long life and salvage value of copper. Unlike many other metal roofing materials, copper requires no painting or finishing.