Got Copper? Clean And Enhance The Copper Accents On Your Roof

As a homeowner, you most likely understand the importance of your roof. From providing adequate shelter to the overall appeal and value of your house, it is easy to see why proper cleaning and maintenance on your roof is necessary. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough emphasis on cleaning your metal accents. While primarily used for decorative purposes, clean and well-maintained copper plates and tiles complete your home's curb appeal. Using this guide, your roof's metal accents will be clean and attractive

Lemon Juice and Vinegar

Pressure washing your entire home, including the roof, is wise. However, removing heavy dirt and debris from your metal accent pieces is key to preventing permanent discoloration. Using the following recipe, you can clean and restore the shine of the copper in an eco-friendly manner:

  • 3 cups of lemon juice
  • 3 cups of white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of salt

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and douse a microfiber cloth. Use the soaked cloth to wash the copper surface beginning at the top to move down the slope. After washing, rinse the area with your garden hose.

Vinegar and Flour

To remove heavier dirt and oxidation, create a paste to polish the copper surfaces of your roof.

In a small bucket, add 3 cups of white vinegar, 3 tablespoons of all-purpose salt, and 2 tablespoons of salt. Mix to create a paste. Using a microfiber cloth, apply the paste in circular motions to your copper surface.

Allow it to rest for an hour before wiping off residue with a damp rag.

Patina Perfection

When most people think of copper, they think of the natural color of a penny. The color is suitable for your roofing accents, but most homeowners prefer the antiqued patina that occurs over time. Unfortunately, the greenish patina can take up to 20 years to develop, but you can create the finish in a shorter period.

Complete the following to accelerate the patina process:

  1. Fill a corrosion-resistant container with 7 gallons of water.
  2. Wearing rubber gloves and protective eyewear, add 6 lbs. of ammonium sulfate to the water.
  3. Once the ammonium sulfate dissolves in the water completely, slowly pour in 3 ounces of copper sulfate.
  4. Add 1.5 fluid ounces of concentrated ammonia to the solution.
  5. Pour the solution into an outdoor pump sprayer and douse copper areas of your roof. Spray evenly to prevent streaking. Allow the solution to dry for 15 minutes.

Considering the color of your copper will not change immediately after applying the solution, you will need to spray and dry multiple times for a perfect patina.

Copper accents from a firm like AAA Roofing on your roof add a unique finish to your home's curb appeal. Using this guide, you can clean and enhance copper areas of your roof.