Zinc did not even have enough recognition to get its own name until the mid-sixteenth century, but it has been appreciated and used in different forms by civilisations for millennia. Today, acknowledged for its durability and versatility, Zinc is as popular as ever.
Zinc sheeting – zinc that has heated to high temperatures and then rolled – is particularly popular for roofing. If you are considering enhancing a new design or updating an older property with metal roofing, there are many reasons to consider zinc.
The zinc used by the majority of roofing contractors is a zinc-copper-titanium alloy, which is naturally resistant to corrosion, making it both incredibly durable and easy to maintain. Once your zinc roofing has been installed, it will require minimum effort from you to keep it in good condition, due to a naturally forming patina which offers protection from the elements, leaving you untroubled for years to come and saving you time and money.
Zinc is also incredibly malleable and versatile, making it perfect for numerous different types of project. It can be put to a variety of uses and attached to a range of materials, making it a suitable for both domestic and commercial builds.
A zinc roof is also an aesthetically pleasing roof. The appearance of zinc sheeting will change over time with the exposure to wind and rain, starting out with a shiny, metallic colour and slowly developing a light gray semi-matt layer as the natural patina is formed, and yet whatever stage your sheeting is at, the finish is a pleasing one.
Finally, and not unimportantly in our increasingly environmentally-conscious society, Zinc is an environmentally friendly roofing option, possessing a low toxicity and being 100% recyclable – in fact 90% of all the zinc used in the manufacturing industry is recycled. With all the benefits available to you and the environment, zinc is certainly a roofing solution worth considering.