A Copper Awning Is Beautiful
Awnings are traditional accompaniments to many architectural styles. They also serve a practical purpose by shading windows, which prevents glare and keeps interiors cooler. Fabric, especially canvas, awnings are the mostly common type, but a copper awning is more beautiful and can be more practical.
Canvas awnings are subject to rotting and sun damage. A copper awning is impervious to both kinds of damage. Metal supports can rust, weakening the awning and sometimes creating ugly stains. Copper does not rust. Copper awning can be designed to fit over wood framing. A copper awning can last for a hundred years, while a canvas dawning rarely lasts longer than a decade.
Awnings over doors protect people from rain, snow, and sleet as they enter and leave a building. A copper awning is a design element. Whether it is an old-fashioned ornamented arch or a sleek modern arc, a copper awning draws all eyes.
Copper has been used for building for millennia. The ancient Egyptians made copper jewelry as early as 6000 B.C.E. When they discovered how to hammer copper into sheets, they made tiles to ornament their buildings. The look is as beautiful now as it was thousands of years ago.
A copper awning can have a huge variety of styles. Because copper is a highly malleable metal, the awning can be a work of art. Artisans can hammer it into a variety of ornamental patterns or flame it for astonishing bursts of color - or it can be left as a simple, elegant sheet. Copper is available in many textures and finishes.
Surprising color changes often take place when unsealed copper is exposed to air. Colors can range from with iridescent pinks to oranges and reds, mixed with brassy yellows, blues, greens and purples. These bright colors are especially likely to develop in a humid atmosphere or in areas with frequent rainfall. As exposure continues, these bright colors fade and are replaced by the russet brown shades known as statuary or oxidized finishes.
A copper awning will generally form a natural patina in five to seven years in industrial and seacoast atmospheres. In rural atmospheres, patina may not reach its fully oxidized state for ten to fourteen years. In arid environments, the patina may never form completely. Generally, horizontal surfaces develop more rapidly than vertical surfaces. Once the patina has developed fully, it is very stable, and no further weathering will occur.
This patina is highly valued by many homeowners. Various processes can be used to make it form more quickly on a copper awning.
Other people prefer the bright salmon color of new copper. This color can be preserved by sealing the copper gutter with a clear lacquer or polyurethane coat. The lacquer will have to be freshened periodically.
A copper awning is an ecologically sound choice. Copper is 100 percent recyclable, and the awning can be made entirely from scrap copper salvaged from other usages. Additionally, a copper awning will keep the building interior cooler, reducing energy costs.
For practicality and beauty, install a copper awning!