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Things That Make Zinc Facades / Cladding a Great Choice for Your Building

Most commercial and industrial buildings and a growing number of residential buildings, use zinc in their design, whether for a roof surface, a building façade, or accessories such as trimming, flashings, or rainwater systems. Unlike other metals, zinc provides water tightness & aesthetics that outweigh other materials such as roof shingles, vinyl siding or wood trim. 

Zinc panels are available in a wide variety of designs, from basic standing seam roofing panels to intricate, interlocking wall panels built for façade construction. This comes in a range of textures, finishes, and colours, making it easy to find a great zinc cladding design.

Here are some of the things that make zinc facades a great choice for any building

Corrosion-Resistance

Once the zinc cladding is exposed to water, oxygen, and carbon dioxide, a chemical reaction produces a zinc hydroxycarbonate protective patina. The patina protects the metal and prevents rust, making sure the cladding can last several years. Some tiny flaws, such as scrapes or bruises, can easily produce a new patina, covering the exposed metal.

Calmer than Tin / Aluminium

Panels made of Tin / Aluminium or other metals are less rigid than similar panels. If hit by raindrops, hail, or other objects, panels made from zinc would be much quieter than other materials, particularly if combined with proper insulation in the building's construction. It makes the interior quieter and less noisy for staff in commercial or industrial buildings and makes it much more convenient for residential buildings.

Relatively Affordable

The zinc cladding is very economical compared to copper and stainless steel while retaining the toughness and strength typical to most metal wall panels. It helps you meet your materials' strict budget specifications and yet have a good and reliable cladding that will last for several decades.

Durable

Zinc cladding is robust compared to other materials, such as steel, which can quickly corrode, resulting in premature failure. Zinc-cladding panels can easily last in urban environments for more than 70 years from the date of construction, and in rural environments, they can last for more than 100 years. Unlike other materials, zinc cladding requires little maintenance due to a natural chemical reaction which creates a patina that both protects the cladding surface and removes any scratches or other small imperfections.

Sustainable and Aesthetically Pleasing

Zinc cladding is made of natural materials, which can be easily recycled when no longer needed. That helps protect the environment and reduce the carbon footprint of a house. Furthermore, many zinc-cladding panels contain up to 22 percent of recycled content, which reduces the number of materials sent to landfills and reduces the resources required to extract new products. 

Zinc cladding comes in a variety of textures and colours, which can give a unique look to your project and can be formed in several ways to suit even the unique architecture. Zinc itself can be used to absorb light and, depending on the surface, produce fascinating colours and shapes. Zinc cladding panels installed in a building will produce unique designs that will differentiate the building from others.

Functions well with other materials

Zinc cladding can accentuate virtually any other material, including wood, stone, cement, glass, concrete, etc. Any number of unique designs can be made in combination with these materials. This is also chemically compatible with various other metals, including brass, galvanized stainless steel etc. Nevertheless, this should not be paired with uncoated steel or copper to avoid corrosion.

Zinc cladding can be a perfect addition to almost any project, with so many great features. Based on the form of cladding chosen, it can be mounted quickly and easily with a variety of mounting methods, and it can last for decades with little to no maintenance at all. It can fit into almost any architectural style, and compared to other metal panels; it is very cheap.

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