History of Copper

Copper was one of the first metals used by man. Historically, the use of copper can be traced back over 10,000 years, through archaeological finds of copper weapons, jewelry and household goods. Evidence of early metal working and refining sites have been discovered in many places, including the Middle East, Africa and China.

The Ancient Egyptians mined for copper over 4,000 years ago and the Romans used copper from mines in Britain. Many of the great churches of medieval Europe were roofed in the material. Indeed, a 13th century copper church roof in Germany survives intact to this day. Copper’s distinctive green patina plays a major part in the skylines of most European cities.

Tried and tested fixing details and techniques make copper the most trouble-free material for roofing, cladding, flashings, gutters, down-pipes and other details.

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