Numerous metals are used in residential roofing, such as copper, steel and aluminum. One material, however, doesn’t get much attention, yet, has a lot of advantages. Zinc is known for its top-notch quality and better performance, making it a good metal roofing option.
NC Rebuild, Inc., your home repair services provider, discusses zinc roofs further.
A Resilient Metal Roof
Zinc roofs are often mixed with copper and aluminum to make it stronger and more malleable, which means it can be bent and shaped into anything while retaining its durability. Apart from the main body of the roof, zinc can be used as flashing around vents, dormer windows and other roof protrusions.
Another benefit of zinc is that it is non-corrosive. It means the roof won’t rust or weather. It also undergoes a patination process which helps the material—and the roof—age well. At the beginning of its service life, it has dark gray color for the outer layer. Eventually, the surface changes into a notable bluish-gray hue that any exterior painting service would likely envy.
The most noteworthy quality of zinc is its ability to “heal” itself. It is due to the protective layer called zinc hydroxyl-carbonate, which blocks moisture and chemicals from penetrating underneath the material. When scratched, the roof can still recover at any given time. It is also one of the reasons galvanized steel roofs have zinc coating to protect the base material from corrosion.
A Sustainable Metal Roof
For all its aesthetic features, it is the metal’s sustainability that stands out. With proper installation and regular maintenance, a zinc roof can last beyond a hundred years. It is also an eco-friendly option for those want to live green. Being completely recyclable, it further diminishes the energy cost of manufacturing.
A zinc roof is an important investment that can provide you with long-term value. At NC Rebuild, Inc., we can apply our knowledge of zinc roofs for your home alongside our more standard options like asphalt shingles and clay and concrete tiles.
Trust us for your roof repair and replacement needs. We also offer other home improvement services like fiber cement siding repair and seamless gutter installation. Call us at (919) 289-5771 to learn more. You may also fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation quote. We serve Durham, NC, and surrounding areas.