Copper cladding

Harvington Parish Church, with its copper-clad spire
Copper-clad spire at the Saïd Business School Oxford

There are four main techniques used today in the UK and mainland Europe for copper cladding a building:

  • Seamed-cladding (typically 0.7mm thick copper sheet on the facade): max 600mm by 4000mm 'seam centres'.
  • Shingle-cladding (typically made from 0.7mm thick copper sheet): max 600mm by 4000mm 'seam centres'.
  • Slot-in panels (typically made from 1.0mm thick copper sheet): max 350mm wide for 1.0mm, by nominal 4 mtr length.
  • Cassettes (typically made from 1.0mm up to 1.5mm thick copper sheet): largest-format cladding elements, more subframing is needed: can be 900mm x nominal 4000mm length.

When selecting size of a cladding element, take wind-loadings into account, and also consider the standard sizes available of the sheet (or coil) pre-material, to minimise material wastage through off-cuts. This helps to reduce costs.

The choice of which system to use depends on the aesthetic effect required, and building geometry can also have an influence on the choice.

Copper cladding is very durable, lightweight compared to other materials and techniques, and at the end of the building life is also 100% recyclable.

Given the recent publicity about high metal prices, it may be surprising for most people to learn that copper is a very cost-effective cladding and roofing material. With good building design, materials choice and craftsmanship, copper roofing / facade cladding can be cheaper than slates or concrete tiles, especially when one takes into account the lasting colour, durability, maintenance-free and lightweight nature of the cladding.

Because the UK code of practice for "hard metal" cladding (as opposed to lead cladding)is quite old - CP143: part 12 (1970) - the major manufacturers have to provide detailed technical advice and information for architects, designers and builders, and cultivate skilled installers with years of experience to draw on.

The typical learning curve for an installer of hard metal roofing and cladding is approximately 8–10 years before they can achieve a respectable experience on a work site.


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • copper cladding (deposition) — Смотри Меднение …   Энциклопедический словарь по металлургии

  • Copper-clad aluminum wire — Copper clad aluminum wire, commonly abbreviated as CCAW or CCA, is a conductor composed of an inner aluminum core and outer copper cladding. Uses The primary applications involve of this conductor revolve around weight reduction requirements.… …   Wikipedia

  • Cladding — is the covering of one material with another. It may refer to the following: Cladding (metalworking) Cladding (fiber optics) Cladding (construction) Copper cladding Rainscreen cladding Cladding (nuclear fuel) Cladding (boiler) See also CLAD… …   Wikipedia

  • Cladding (metalworking) — Cladding is the bonding together of dissimilar metals. It is distinct from welding or gluing as a method to fasten the metals together. Cladding is often achieved by extruding two metals through a die as well as pressing or rolling sheets… …   Wikipedia

  • Copper — For other uses, see Copper (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • Mineral-insulated copper-clad cable — MIMS redirects here. For multi isotope imaging mass spectrometry, see Isotope mass spectrometry. PVC sheathed MICC cable. Conductor cross section area is 1.5 mm²; overall diameter is 7.2 mm …   Wikipedia

  • Patina — For the village in Estonia, see Pattina. For the United States Navy ship, see USS Pattina (SP 675). A bronze coin of the Han Dynasty circa 1st century BC with green patina. Patina ( …   Wikipedia

  • Cookware and bakeware — Pans redirects here. For other uses, see Pan. Cookware and bakeware are types of food preparation containers commonly found in the kitchen. Cookware comprises cooking vessels, such as saucepans and frying pans, intended for use on a stove or… …   Wikipedia

  • Hornchurch — infobox UK place country = England official name= Hornchurch map type= Greater London latitude= 51.556503 longitude= 0.212812 london borough= Havering region= London constituency westminster= Hornchurch post town= HORNCHURCH postcode district=… …   Wikipedia

  • Roland Levinsky Building — Infobox building building name = The Roland Levinsky Building native building name= The Levinsky caption = The Roland Levinsky building on the edge of the Plymouth campus former names = building type = Educational architectural style = Modern… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.