Copper roof dream… dashed!

Frank is a little bummed. After dreaming of a possible copper roof for the wonderful Mooreland House, it is an impossibility.
Turns out… you can’t use copper or lead roofing materials when there is galvanized metal below it on the roof. All of the box gutters and the crown molding surrounding the Mooreland House is galvanized metal. If water runs over the copper then runs down to the box gutters it will rust them out. Who knew? We are glad we figured it out before we did that. Amazing what you can learn on the internets!

6 thoughts on “Copper roof dream… dashed!

  1. carhartt986 December 8, 2020 / 18:53

    I can only imagine Frank’s disappointment particularly when your heart is set on something. But, on the flip side, you have a ‘galvanized gal’ (moi) that follows your progress and I’ve seen some amazing galvanized barn cupolas. Maybe Miss Mooreland can break tradition and show off a somewhat ‘silver looking’ crown instead! 😉

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    • moorelandhouse December 8, 2020 / 18:58

      We always wondered why there was no copper used on this roof. A lot of old houses this age have copper valleys and ridge caps to go along with the slate roof. Ms. Mooreland was obviously galvanized against ever giving up. Oh, galvanized metal has to be painted. It will probably wind up a nice gray color for the new valley pans. We are going to try to use the original ridge caps and paint them gray as well.


    • Carol Collins December 9, 2020 / 08:58

      I guess not being able to use copper will save you money. I would think that copper is very expensive. Plus it turns green!!! Just looking on the bright side!

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  2. Marland Holt December 15, 2020 / 19:26

    I’m enjoying following your adventures on Utube & now your very own website.
    Yes, the copper & galv does not mix. Do NOT mix dissimilar metals or you will end up with corrosion due to electrolysis.
    I’m retired and live here in Harrodsburg & would be glad to help if an extra set of hands is needed sometime.

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    • moorelandhouse December 15, 2020 / 22:04

      Thanks! We knew not to put them together but didn’t know we couldn’t even use them on the same roof.


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