In 2007, Fine Homebuilding Magazine and Patrick Sheeley teamed up to write a definitive guide to installing a flat-seam copper roof for a bay window as part of their “Master Carpenter: Beyond the Basics” column.

You can read the whole article here, or download a PDF of the magazine layout here.

Here’s a sample of what Sheeley shares with the magazine on how to handcraft this difficult but rewarding roofing technique:

Copper has been used as a roofing material for centuries. Some argue that because of its long life expectancy, copper is the most economical of roofing materials. There are buildings in Europe covered by copper roofs that are more than 300 years old. Copper roofing also improves with age. The verdigris patina that develops over time protects the underlying copper from further corrosion. I get a little extra satisfaction in the knowledge that someday, my descendants could point to a copper roof and say, “My great-great grandfather put that roof on 150 years ago. Isn’t it beautiful?”

Read the whole article in Fine Homebuilding Magazine