Understanding the Different Types of Commercial Roof Cladding

Following on from our recent articles in which we discussed what roof cladding is, as well as the various reasons why you should invest in it, we have decided to explore the different types of commercial roof cladding available on the market.

With such a diverse range of materials available for commercial roof cladding the decision of which one to plump for is no easy task. Choosing a material suitable for your property is subject to a variety of factors, including what benefits you require from your commercial roofing system, what kind of climate you live in, what aesthetic qualities you are hoping for, and of course your budget.

The most popular cladding materials are zinc, steel, copper and wood, and here we’ve provided a simple guide as to which commercial roof cladding material might be suitable for your particular needs.

Steel Roof Cladding

As we discussed previously, there are many good reasons to invest in metal roof cladding, in particular the stainless steel variety.

Stainless steel is as its name suggests highly resistant to scuff marks and corrosive damage, and its oxidised top-layer makes it both hygienic and entirely non-porous. With its durability and lightweight nature, stainless steel roof cladding is very low-maintenance, in addition to being extremely aesthetically pleasing.

And since most stainless steel is 100% recyclable you are also looking at one of the more environmentally friendly choices in industrial roof cladding.

Zinc Roof Cladding

Zinc roof cladding seems to have enjoyed something of a renaissance recently as many builders and architects incorporate it into their latest projects. Zinc is a very versatile material and can be shaped and moulded into most forms without losing its durability. It is weatherproof and corrosion resistant just like stainless steel, but significantly cheaper regarding your initial outlay.

Not only will this save you money from the outset, but its low value means you’re unlikely to see scoundrels mounting your roof to pilfer the materials. If the shine of stainless steel isn’t to your tastes then the range of different Zinc finishes available may suit your aesthetic ideals somewhat more. As well as its natural finish you can purchase matt grey, neat noir and a range of other textured finishes for your Zinc cladding.

Copper Roof Cladding

The use of copper cladding was at one time ubiquitous in both the urban and domestic landscape of Britain. Many ancient medieval buildings still retain their original copper roofing today, which if nothing else is a testament to its longevity. As a cladding material copper is extremely resistant to rainfall and temperature changes, and is equally good at dealing with corrosive elements.

Although it is a little expensive copper cladding will save you money thanks to its highly reflective properties, which enable it to reflect heat in the summer and retain interior heat in winter. Uneven or irregular roof shapes are perfect for copper’s flexible nature, but perhaps its most popular feature is its striking appearance.

With various finishes available ranging from untouched green to a more classical brown tone, copper is one of those materials that actually looks more elegant with age. Add to this its environmental credentials, its recyclability, and its fireproof nature and you can see why people have employed the use of copper roof cladding for centuries.

Wooden Roof Cladding

Timber cladding is what you might refer to as a statement material, as the entire appearance of both your commercial property and indeed your business will change with the use of wooden roof cladding. Your building will suddenly take on a more natural and less invasive look to it, and this can be enhanced depending on how you treat the wood after installation.

Whether you wish to retain the wood’s original appearance or you want to apply stains and varnishes, there are many different options available for a wooden cladding system.

Typically installed in long and narrow overlapping boards, you can also obtain wooden cladding in panel or shingle form. Its external appearance is rarely diminished if subjected to the odd scrape or bump, and for this reason it rarely requires maintenance post-installation. A material which is surprisingly strong and insulating considering its lightweight nature, wood is easily adaptable to even the most complex roofing arrangements.

So, that was our brief rundown of the four main types of roof cladding material available for your commercial premises. You can even take a look at some of our recent roof cladding projects for a better idea on how we use this material in commercial environments. Of course this is merely a general look at the various properties these materials have, and for a more detailed and comprehensive guide we recommend speaking directly to a qualified roofing contractor. If you are unsure which cladding material would suit your commercial property why not give Roofing Consultants a call today on 0800 146 1500 or fill in our contact form.