The History of Slate Roofing

Slate is a fine-grain, homogeneous rock that derives from shale sediment composing of clay or volcanic ash.  It’s malleable breakability yet tough qualities allow it to be broken into thin but durable sheets.  The first recorded slate roof of a private home is reported to be in North Wales, England around 1300A.D.  For most people, the material was too expensive …

Little Known Facts about Copper Roofing

Many people are quite unaware of how impressive this roofing material is compared to alternatives.  Here are several facts we bet you may not know: Copper kills bacteria.  The way it is arranged at a molecular level causes it to strip single-celled organisms of their energy.  Part of the patina that you see is actually bacteria it has neutralized. Copper …

The Risks of Shingle Roofing

Shingle roofs are America’s most common roofing material.  They are cheap and make of highly replaceable material.  However, these advantages also leave it vulnerable to many weaknesses.  Why should you choose metal over asphalt?  Here’s a few excellent reasons: Gloeocapsa Magma. You’ve probably never heard of it, but it’s fairly likely that you’ve seen it.  Manifested as dark streaks on …

All about Zinc

Zinc is a natural mineral that is common throughout the world. It is the 23rd most abundant element in the earth’s crust, found  in rocks, soil, air and water, and in most living creatures. As a nutrient, it contributes to growth, and a lack of zinc in human diet is a significant cause of childhood mortality, especially in underdeveloped countries. Zinc is …

The Importance of Historic Preservation

Preserving historic buildings is crucial to retaining our nation’s heritage and history. It is also environmental and practical, basically large scale recycling. It reduces the need for new materials and the other costs of demolition.   Small modifications can be made to improve existing buildings to to meet modern building  codes and requirements . Recognizing the need to protect such architecture, Congress enacted the National …

2015 CDA Awards

Every year the Copper Development Association awards architecture projects and the associated companies.  In the category of Private Residence, we were a part of the 2015 award project: Sheet Metal Contractor Copperworks Corporation Decatur, Alabama Architect McLaughlin & Associates Ketchum, Idaho General Contractor H.E. Ashley Contracting Co., Inc. Soddy Daisy, Tennessee CDA, on their awards page, summarized our contribution: “CopperWorks …

Famous Uses of Copper

Copper is one of the most used building materials in the world. In fact, it has been used in some of the most famous sculptures and architecture in the world all throughout history. This unique and one-of-a-kind element and mineral has a significant range of benefits and a large variety of applications. The material is prevalent in all facets of …

The Top 4 Reasons Why Slate is Great!

Are you looking for quality material for your roof that can last a lifetime? Something that will provide superior durability that will add a distinctive appeal to the look of your home? Then you should consider investing in slate as your next roofing material. For centuries, slate has been unrivaled in its natural beauty and unmatchable durability. Here are our …

America’s Most Historic Roofing Materials

Clay tiles were seen as early as the 17th century and had largely been used by European settlers in such settlements as Jamestown, New York, and Boston. These clay materials were ideal as a precaution against fires, which had engulfed London in 1666 and charred Boston in 1679. The tiles themselves are flat and rectangular with a common measurement of …

Zinc: A Reliable Roofing Material

With so many roofing materials to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best option for to suit your needs. Zinc has increased in popularity and demand over the recent years and it isn’t hard to see why. It is perhaps one of the most eco-friendly roofing materials on the market today with such a …