Zinc Roofing Advantages and Drawbacks

Metal roofing provides a maintenance-free, durable, sustainable protective sheath to a home and made to last for generations. For over 150 years zinc metal has been used in this application. For almost half a century, this natural material has unearthed a distinguished course. With its high-quality skilled installations and is destined to inspire with its timeless design, zinc wins over customers.

Zinc able to use its patina to treat its scratches over time and keep durable for over 100 years, making it an amazing metal. Zinc’s natural properties making it an in-demand material for commercial projects due to its characters to be easily formed and controlled into incredible shapes. Zinc can be cleaned and administered to an extent although the chalking of Zinc over time is not evaluated as an engaging aspect of the metal.

When it comes to metal roofing, Zinc could be considered the greenest available for roofing. Compared to other roofing metals, Zinc has a lower melting point. The Zinc’s melting point is its edge to other metal because when Zinc is processed to be used for example as a building material, it requires up to a quarter of the energy that it takes to process compared to steel or copper. Making Zinc an exceedingly green material, even compared to Copper or Steel as its lower melting point indicates it is also 100% recyclable and procurable in most local markets.

The chalking effect from an aesthetic point of view and the cost are the main drawbacks when opting for Zinc.  Zinc metal is pricey. In most cases, Zinc usually is matching to Copper. Zinc also demands expert installation to accurately make use of its advantages as a building material just like Copper.

Like most bare metals if left unpainted, Zinc does patina into a Blue/Grey look. This usually leaves a chalky residue that many perceived unattractive along areas where water runs.  Zinc is also a very soft metal and depending on the panel or shingle design, it can be simply damaged by hail or high winds.