Natural copper vs Vestis Copper

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To copper or to Vestis Copper?

Material selection is personal and subjective. It’s difficult to say one metal is clearly better or worse than another. When it comes to metal cladding and roofing, different materials will suit different applications. There are multiple variables to consider; such as overall design vision, personal taste, project location, cladding or roofing profile, adjacent materials, long-term building maintenance, and durability requirements.

Architectural Metals Australia (AMA), focuses on offering better material options for specifiers, installers and end users. Mazzonetto’s Vestis Copper provides a legitimate pre-painted aluminium specification alternative for those considering Natural copper.

Natural copper produces a spectacular and romantic aesthetic and its ageing process is inherit to its character; in some cases its captivating appearance is the main reason for specification. If aged copper is the look you seek, there’s nothing more beautiful than the real thing.  However falling in love with the material’s original orange hue can be dangerous if you’re not prepared to also love how the metal will look in years to come. Copper can change from golden tones, to green, into deep browns, and eventually it can appear almost black.  In addition to being aware of the metal’s colour evolution, one must also remember the ageing process won’t  occur evenly across the materials surface. In some cases, this is the desired effect and it’s stunning. But if a rustic look wasn’t intended, copper applications can quickly become disappointing.

Natural copper cladding in a standing seam profile.
Natural copper cladding in a standing seam profile.

Vestis Copper offers a preserved version of natural copper’s original orange appearance. Providing a slightly patina surface, Vestis Copper duplicates the look of recently installed natural copper. However unlike natural copper, its appearance won’t alter over time.

Another key difference between natural copper and Vestis pre-painted aluminium, is base material cost. Large amounts of natural copper can become expensive. Vestis Copper is a cost savvy material solution (depending on project complexity), providing opportunity for budget conscious projects to enjoy the prestigious look of copper metal cladding.

For more information on Vestis pre-painted aluminium, visit the AMA homepage by clicking here.

Vestis Copper in an interlocking profile
Vestis Copper in an interlocking profile