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Throughout the centuries, zinc has proven to be one of the most reliable, durable and attractive metal roof options used for roofing and cladding. 

A now sweeping trend across the UK, the benefits of using zinc in architectural applications are endless, and as skilled zinc installers, we want to share with you what results you can achieve and how we can make it happen.

Interested in zinc?

During the 1960s/1970s architects and builders had tended to prefer cheaper, disposable alternatives for roofing materials and cladding, such as asphalt shingles, which typically require replacing every 10 years,

But today’s modern age has seen the trend gradually shift back to zinc, which is now regarded as one of the most valuable roofing and cladding materials that any residential or commercial architectural project can use.

Admired for its long-term longevity and sustainability, zinc is possibly one of the best materials that you can use for your new roof installation.

Call the zinc roofing experts today on 01223 734954.

All the benefits of zinc roofs

The main advantages of zinc:

  • The amount of energy it takes to produce zinc is 50% of that required to produce copper or steel
  • Environmentally friendly and recyclable (without any negative effect)
  • Very durable with some roofs lasting longer than a 100 years
  • Self-healing, meaning if scratched the zinc roof can recover in time
  • Low maintenance

The practical benefits:

  • Zinc forms a protective layer of zinc-hydroxyl-carbonate naturally
  • Corrosion-resistance
  • UV-resistant and weatherproof
  • Zinc sheeting is lightweight and can be easily formed into practical sizes
  • Very quick and easy installations
  • Reflects midday heat and can save on heating and cooling costs within the premises
  • Rain and snow are shed easily from zinc roofs thanks to their hard and slippery surface
  • Low toxicity in zinc means water can collect and run off without contaminating any soil or supply
  • Lightweight BUT strong
  • Compatible with other materials such as wood, brick and glass

The aesthetic benefits:

  • Effective at almost any roof pitch – custom-shaped roofing can adhere to all manner of angling work or curvature
  • Attractive in its own right (processed with a pre-patinated finish)
  • Comes in a wide range of shapes, designs, colours and textures
  • Zinc is soft and malleable, which means the cladding can be formed into custom shapes
  • Can either be supplied smoothed, weathered or patterned

Colour swatches

Zinc is naturally shiny and smooth when it comes out of the mill, however, VMZinc, which we work with have all kinds of options, which include pre-weathered (AZENGAR), which can give the zinc roof an engraved look and feel.

Whereas, the QUARTZ-ZINC option will give the metal a mature and aged look.

Below is the range of colour swatches available in the VMZinc range:







Pigmento Red


Pigmento Brown


Pigmento Green


Pigmento Blue

What architects need to know

When architects work on big roofing projects with unique and modern designs, they often need a reputable and knowledgeable company to assist them.

This ensures that their designs have longevity and are installed correctly.

As leading zinc roofers, who have been in the industry for over a decade, we know the little but crucial details about zinc roofs that architects will need to take into consideration when designing a homeowner’s new roof.

For example, there are certain layers and barriers that will need to be put in place depending on the homeowner’s vision, which is only known to expert zinc roof installers like us.

Talk to us about your design plans; let us see what we can do! Call 01787 278103

Why architects should choose ELC?

When it comes to our zinc roof installations, we have very high standards for each of our quality checks and a low tolerance for any mistakes made during the process.

Our quality controls have allowed us to create an amazing assortment of uniquely designed roofs throughout London, Surrey and Kent.

  • We are VMZinc accredited installers
  • One of the leading UK zinc roofing companies in the South East
  • All of our roofing projects come with 10-year guarantees and warranties
  • Free quotes and estimates
  • Surveys and risk assessments at no extra cost
  • Our superb team of roofing contractors have a CSCS card
  • The team are covered by public liability insurance
  • Provider of different types of zinc roof systems like VMZINC, Rheinzink and NedZink

Choose zinc

Zinc is often appealing for architects because of its relatively low startup costs, especially in regards to environmental and maintenance savings.

The self-protective patina that forms over the material will heal any scratches on the surface and keep your roof in brand new condition.

More durable and cost-effective compared to other metals, zinc roofs will be suitable for roof pitches above 5 per cent – and it’s these characteristics that give architects greater freedom of expression when using zinc in their roof designs.

Need help? Give us a call on 01223 734954.

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Recommended Roofers London, Surrey & Kent - ELC Roofing

Whilst our main offices are based in Sudbury, Ipswich and Cambridge, we have zinc roofers up and down the country, who are readily available to quote your work.

We can be at your home within the hour for local areas such as Maidstone, Gillingham, Dartford, Ashford and Chatham. We also frequently work in the county of Surrey, mostly in and around Woking, Guildford, Walton, Ewell and Esher.

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