Copper: a closer look

Learn how to address common copper-related issues

Since the mid-1930s, Revere Copper Products Inc., Rome, N.Y. (which operated as Revere Copper and Brass Inc. until the early 1980s), has maintained its Technical Services Department to help architects, building owners, engineers and contractors with construction problems involving the application of its building products, including architectural sheet copper. I joined the Technical Services Department in 1968.

During my years with Revere Copper Products, problems presented to the company have mirrored the challenges and opportunities faced by the roofing industry. As architectural styles have changed, so have the uses of copper and, ultimately, the questions and problems presented to myself and Revere Copper Products' other technical advisers.

Following is a look at the past, present and future of copper.

A brief history