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Zinc Roofing Systems – Durable & Low Maintenance

Zinc has been one of the most popular options for metal roofing and like copper is the perfect material for creating a long-lasting roof.

There are many reasons why you should choose Zinc for your roofing and facade projects. As a non-ferrous metal, Zinc does not rust, and it´s remarkably resistant to corrosion as it protects itself by developing a natural layer called patina that forms between six months and two years after placement, depending on the weather, the exposure of the building and the aggressiveness of the atmosphere.

Zinc is perfectly watertight and also insect-proof, fire resistant, and mildew / fungus-proof. It also has high energy efficiency and requires little or no maintenance as it continues to develop a protective layer throughout its life, which makes it possible to correct any imperfections or scratches. This protective layer gives it an excellent longevity: 40 to 120 years depending on the type of atmosphere.

Zinc is an environmentally friendly metal, benefiting from a very favourable overall energy balance. 100% of rolled or worked zinc products are recyclable at the end of their life cycle, and of these, 95% are actually recycled. Its manufacture consumes little energy compared to other metals used in building construction.

Main Benefits:

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  • Naturally resistant to corrosion. If you want a high-quality roof metal roof, it has to be resistant to rust and moisture above all else. In the past, the main concern regarding standard roofing materials was corrosion, since old roofs were not protected properly. So, replacing your old roof with a zinc roof is a smart choice, especially if you live in rainy and humid areas.
  • Self-healing – scratches be gone. One of the best things about zinc roofs is that scratches and mild environmental damages can heal themselves automatically over time. Once you combine this amazing feature with the previous one, you will realise that this type of roof is one of the greatest choices. In addition, it is ideal for areas with harsh weather conditions which include a lot of rain and wind.
  • Looks beautiful before and after patina process. There are equally durable roofing materials out there. However, not all of them look as good as zinc roofs; a typical zinc roof has a calming and majestic dark grey metallic appearance, which makes it a classic choice. Moreover, since it is understated, it is appropriate for a wide range of building types and styles.
  • Great for unique designs. Zinc is very pliable. That means that we can bend it in various unique shapes without affecting its strength and durability. As such, it is ideal for buildings which have original roofing elements such as non-standard chimneys and uncommon window shapes.
  • Affordable to transport and easy to install. Zinc roofing materials aren’t heavy, which makes transportation not only easy but also affordable. What’s more, zinc’s lightweight properties allow for a straightforward installation. Great for unique designs. Zinc is very pliable. That means that we can bend it in various unique shapes without affecting its strength and durability. As such, it is ideal for buildings which have original roofing elements such as non-standard chimneys and uncommon window shapes.
  • Environmentally friendly. There are a couple of traits which make zinc an environmentally friendly material. First of all, in order to produce Zinc, we don’t need a lot of energy — its melting point is 785 degrees Fahrenheit, which is lower than most other materials’. Secondly, when the time for replacement comes, we can recycle zinc roofing and thus cut down on waste products.
  • Extremely durable & does not require costly maintenance. Finally, zinc roofs are very durable; in many environments, they can last more than one hundred years. Therefore, you won’t have to think about repairing or replacing your zinc roof for decades.

This noble material improves over the years thanks to its natural oxidation, it can provide years of virtually maintenance-free and offers excellent durability and long-term cost-effectiveness, together with the potential for all types of working and shaping.
Aesthetically it is neutral and harmonizes well with other materials used in construction, which also meets all the ecological requirements of current times.
Also, the flexibility, malleability, and versatility of zinc, combined with its pleasing appearance before and after the patina process, make it the preferred choice material for creative building projects from individual homes to big commercial complexes, public buildings, and private projects, being one of the most favourite options for flat roof systems, high quality standing seam or flat lock seam roofing and cladding solutions.
Our expertise and experience speak on our behalf, making us one of the most trustworthy and prominent roofing companies in the area. So, if you need to replace or repair your old roof with a new Zinc one, we are the right team to contact.

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Zinc Roofing FAQs

What are the benefits of zinc roofing?

Zinc roofing offers numerous benefits, including exceptional durability, longevity, and resistance to corrosion. It is highly resistant to extreme weather conditions, such as heavy rain, snow, and high winds. Additionally, zinc roofs require minimal maintenance and can last for 50 years or more. They also provide excellent thermal and acoustic insulation, making them energy-efficient and ideal for reducing noise pollution.

How does zinc roofing contribute to sustainability?

Zinc roofing is considered an environmentally friendly choice due to its sustainable properties. Zinc is a recyclable material, and the majority of zinc used in roofing is made from recycled sources. Furthermore, the long lifespan of zinc roofs reduces the need for frequent replacements, thus minimising waste. Zinc is also non-toxic and poses no harm to the environment when properly installed and maintained.

Is zinc roofing suitable for all types of buildings?

Yes, zinc roofing is versatile and suitable for various types of buildings. It can be used on residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Whether it’s a traditional or contemporary architectural design, zinc roofing offers a sleek, elegant appearance that enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of any building. Its malleability allows for creative and customised installations, ensuring a perfect fit for different roof shapes and styles.

How does zinc roofing perform in different climates?

Zinc roofing performs exceptionally well in diverse climates. It has natural self-healing properties that allow it to develop a protective layer called a patina over time. This patina helps the roof resist corrosion and provides added durability. Zinc roofs can withstand extreme temperatures, including both hot and cold weather conditions, making them suitable for use in a wide range of climates.

What is the cost of installing a zinc roof?

The cost of installing a zinc roof varies depending on several factors, such as the size and complexity of the roof, the location of the building, and the specific requirements of the project. Generally, zinc roofing is considered a premium option and may have a higher upfront cost compared to some other roofing materials. However, it is important to consider the long-term benefits and cost savings associated with its durability and low maintenance requirements. Contact our roofing experts for a personalised quote tailored to your specific needs.

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