Admiring the look of the standing seam metal roof on a neighbor’s home, a Boulder, Colorado homeowner decided to rip the 13,000 sq. ft. of eight-year-old asphalt roof shingles off his own home and replace it with 17,204 pounds of 20 ounce copper.
Not only did he specifically mandate 20-ounce copper, but he also requested that 20-ounce copper half round gutters be installed with brass hidden hangers at every seam. He then finished off the copper theme with solid copper entry doors, copper garage doors, copper fascia, copper electrical box covers and copper trim around glass block windows. Every window in the house was replaced with Five Point copper clad windows.
His only concern in planning the project was the heat of the copper roof. Architect Steven Dodd of Boulder, along with Contractor Harry MacKendrick of Trimac West LLC in Longmont, provided information that demonstrated the copper would be cooler than the asphalt shingle roof it replaced.
In dollars, the reroof permit for the $500,000 copper roof was the largest ever approved in Boulder County. The roofing and gutter work was done by Front Range Seamless Gutters of Erie, Colorado. The copper was mechanically seamed on-site in an Englert Series 1300 1 ½-inch profile.
The exterior walls of the main structure and carriage house feature native Colorado stacked sandstone and wood with knotty pine soffits and porch ceilings.