Zinc roofing lasts for generations and is one of the most durable roofing materials on the market. In addition it is maintenance free and sustainable. Zinc has been used as a roofing material for over 150 years and impresses with its timeless styling and functionality, protecting the fabric of buildings while still looking attractive. Zinc can look really spectacular as an alternative roofing choice, available in a natural finish as well as a range of textured finishes. Zinc roofing is also very strong and can perform well at pitches up to 90 degrees so can be used for cladding too as well as being shaped to follow curves and angles.
Zinc has a very long service life and is weatherproof, corrosion resistant, and not degraded over time by Ultra Violet light. In theory a zinc roof last over 100 years without degradation and there are in fact many examples of roofs around the world in excess of 100 years old. Although the initial costs may seem expensive, the long life of the roof makes it cost effective. In any case the price of zinc roofing at the moment compares really to other metals such as copper and lead. Zinc is also 100% recyclable and unlike lead, copper or even stainless steel; makes metal theft very unlikely with a zinc roof as it is cost effective to buy.
A metal roof has many benefits and contrary to popular belief they are not noisier or less insulating than tiled roofs, nor do they get struck by lightning more frequently! Compared to traditional shingles, metal roofs are quicker and easier to install by professional roofer, they are also far lighter than roof tiles so are suitable for almost any home. Conventional roof tiles can be up to seven times heavier than metal roof sheets, so metal roofing is a safe choice for more fragile buildings.
On the downside metal roofs are not as flexible as tiled roofs, replacing a broken shingle is easy, but replacing a damaged metal sheet is more time consuming, though of course the likelihood of damage to a metal roof is far less in the first place. Metal roofs can be a little bit more expensive than conventional roofs, however they offer increased durability and may still be the most cost effective choice in the long run. Metal roof installation does require the services of a professional roofer however and is not really a DIY job.
Generally speaking, metal roofs can are cheaper than a standard tiled design. Hiring a professional metal roofer costs somewhere between £15 and £30 per hour, stainless steel or aluminium sheeting costs from £40 to £75 per square metre, Zinc or Copper from £85 to £110 per square metre, and galvanized steel from £500 to £800 per sheet (one sheet can often covers an entire roof).
The total costs for a typical metal roofing project including materials, labour and installation are around £1,000 to £3,000. But these costs will of course vary depending on the size of your home and the shape and design of your roof, so you should only use these numbers as guidelines. For an accurate price, use the "post your job" button on this page to get quotes from a number of different roofing companies or local contractors to get the best price. But don’t just choose the cheapest quote, quality of work and the service is just as important.