What is Zinc and why would we use it on our buildings?
Zinc has been known about and used for thousands of years (originally as zinc ore). It has been used for medical purposes, but also for jewellery before being used in buildings. You can read more about the history here.
Around the turn of the 18th century a process had been developed to form zinc into sheets. Initially it was used for roofs, gutters and downpipes, but is now commonly used on walls and facades.
Zinc might be seen as a modern or contemporary material, but while it can be used in these situations, it is a very traditional material which means it can be successfully used on older buildings and sensitive situations such as conservation areas, with appropriate consideration. It can be used in a similar way in which lead and copper (and even stainless steel) can be used to form roof and wall cladding panels.
So why do we use it?
- Robust material which is naturally resistant to corrosion and decay.
- Formed in long sheets and can be joined together with seams.
- Can be used on very low pitched roofs, but equally in vertical applications.
- Can be curved or faceted.
- Aesthetically very attractive.
- Used in traditional and modern designs.
If you’re interested in how you might use this material feel free to get in contact.