You might not have heard of zinc as a metal roofing. In America, you’d be hard-pressed to find a home covered by this wonderful material. The case is different on the other side of the Atlantic; this metal crowns 70% of European houses.
Why shouldn’t zinc be your next roofing system? Today, Krech Exteriors will shed light on what you can expect from it:
It Resists Fire and Pests
Like other metals used in construction, zinc is impervious to fire, insects, mold and fungus. Nonmetal roofing products may offer resistance to some extent, but they’re not completely immune to these issues.
It Heals Itself
Enhanced durability is a trait associated with metals, but zinc takes it to another level. It has a self-healing quality, allowing it to correct scratches on its own. It can be painted with a sacrificial layer if desired, but only if you want a more aesthetic finish
In fact, steel can easily succumb to corrosion without zinc. Galvanized steel has zinc skin that is its defense against the elements, protecting it from the rigors of oxidation.
It Ages Well
Zinc is rust proof. It forms a patina as its reaction to weathering. The rate of change in its appearance depends on how harsh your local climate is. But, it will start to darken, and then turn into light gray or blue as a result of the patination process. Since it only transforms its look over time, it’s practically maintenance-free.
It Is Safe to Human Health
It’s non-toxic. Actually, you can collect and reuse runoff water from a zinc roof without worrying about health problems.
It Loves Nature
Like most metals, zinc deflects most of solar radiant heat rather than absorbing it. In turn, you can keep your attic from overheating along with the nearby living spaces below.
It Is Not as Costly as You Think
Zinc is practically synonymous with copper, and any honest roofing contractor would consider copper as a premium material. The price of zinc, though, is much lower. It may cost slightly higher than steel and aluminum, but its costs can be reduced. One way to make it more affordable is by layering your worn-out roofing materials with it to skip removal.
Should you give a zinc roof a try? Set up an appointment with Krech Exteriors to learn about your other metal roofing options. Call us at (651) 968-8888 to discuss your home improvement needs, and get a FREE estimate in St. Paul, Minneapolis or any neighboring community.