Zinc cladding

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Ar­chi­tect Nikki Ritchie of

Hyve Ar­chi­tects shares her pro­fes­sional tipsé

1 it needs an ex­pert in­staller

Zinc has a long life and its in­stal­la­tion is a very skilled job. Be sure to choose an in­staller who is a metal roofing spe­cial­ist, prefer­ably from an ap­proved list of in­stall­ers sup­plied by your zinc man­u­fac­turer.

2 you have to mix it care­fully

Zinc re­acts with sil­i­cone

prod­ucts and the tan­nins present in some tim­bers (in­clud­ing oak and western red cedar) can cause it to cor­rode quickly. ask for a spe­cial­ist’s ad­vice about which ma­te­ri­als are com­pat­i­ble, and en­sure that all junc­tions are de­tailed well so that a cor­ro­sive ma­te­rial does not come into con­tact with the zinc.

3 it’s re­ally ver­sa­tile

Zinc can be used on walls as well as roofs, dorm­ers, gutters and down­pipes. it is highly cus­tomis­able, has the abil­ity to be formed into un­con­ven­tional shapes and is very use­ful as a sur­face for shal­low pitched roofs.

4 it has lots of ben­e­fits

Zinc is 100% re­cy­clable, it has a very long ser­vice life of more than 75 years and it needs almost no main­te­nance over its life. it’s also fire re­sis­tant and light­weight.

5 it suits all ages of build­ing

Zinc is sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than lead, and can be used for flash­ings on tra­di­tional build­ings. it is also a great choice for a con­tem­po­rarystyle build­ing, and its nat­u­ral colour com­ple­ments stone and tim­ber very well.

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