If you’re considering a copper topped cupola for your home, you may be wondering what to expect in the many years to come. Will the copper on your cupola rust and degenerate over time, or will the passing years see its continued protection and beauty? Discover the answer with Valley Forge Cupolas, as we explore the copper topped cupola: what to expect as your cupola ages!
If you’re familiar with copper, you’ve likely heard of patina. Patina is the film that develops naturally on copper over time, transforming its surface with hues ranging from brown to green to turquoise. Most people find patina beautiful, and actually pay for patina finishes on weathervanes and other ornaments. Fortunately, the patina process follows a predictable pattern, so you won’t be surprised by your cupola’s change of clothes!
The patina process starts quickly, and you’ll likely notice changes within the first few months. The copper on your cupola will start to turn a light, reddish brown, losing some of its original brightness and luster. From the 4 month mark up to the 3rd year, you can expect ever darkening shades of brown to cover your cupola’s roof. A great way to visualize the process is by looking at some old pennies!
Once you hit the 4 year mark, you can wave goodbye to brown. You’ll start to notice a subtle presence of green overtaking the copper on your cupola. Years 4-7 will see your cupola transforming from a muddy, dark green into a beautiful mossy color before lightening to a lovely aquamarine over the remainder of its life. A perfect point of reference is the iconic statue of liberty!
When it comes to the passage of time, we’re used to things decaying and disintegrating; most materials, when left alone, rust, rot and fall into ruin. Unlike the rust that eats away at iron, though, patina will actually protect your copper topped cupola! As your copper topped cupola ages, you can expect a layer of patina that’s not just there for good looks - it’s pretty AND protective!
If you’re mesmerized by the beautiful and unique hues of patina, a copper topped cupola is an investment that will only improve as the years go by. Make your home part of the process that’s been fascinating millions since the discovery of copper; choose a copper topped cupola from Valley Forge Cupolas today!
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