Amanda Hinks-Edwards, Business Manager at Colorcoat Urban® looks at the performance and aesthetic credentials of a modern build system
Self-build projects around the UK are turning to metal standing seam roofing and cladding as a modern building material that ticks all the boxes: durable, easy to install, and with an attractive, flexible design aesthetic.
Standing seam roofing and cladding is a versatile solution that can make a positive impact on the overall look and performance of a residential property. Compared to more traditional materials such as tile or slate, pre-finished steel standing seam systems can be used on a far greater variety of roof shapes and designs – increasing the design possibilities. For example, standing seam can be used to create mono-pitch and saltbox style roofs, as well as more complex designs including clerestory, butterfly and double-pitched ‘M’ shaped roofs.
The overall height of buildings can also be reduced as, unlike standard 40-degree pitch roofs, leading standing seam systems can often be installed on roofs with a pitch as low as 5 degrees. This can maximise the internal space of a building, as a 5-degree pitch can increase headroom in attic rooms by as much as 44% compared with a traditional roof.
Standing seam systems offer self-builders the ideal solution for both urban and rural settings – pre-finished steel standing seam comes in a number of colours, allowing self-builders to choose from a selection of both traditional tones and striking shades to achieve their desired aesthetic. Colours like Winter Sky and Merlin offer an excellent alternative to materials such as zinc and the tonal matt shades integrate seamlessly between different facades including glass, brick, wood, stone and render to deliver effortless modern finishes.
It is also important to ensure that the chosen metal standing seam system can stand the test of time and provide a long-term solution supported by Third Party Accreditation and Guarantees. A material like pre-finished steel offers continued resistance to weather, colour fastness, full system design, plus compliance with current standards for wind loading and fire performance.
Leading manufacturers will offer a guarantee on the performance of their roofing systems, and for further assurance, it is important to check that the metal standing seam system meets all necessary performance ratings.
To improve the environmental impact of a project, it is important to check that the standing seam system is also certified to BES 6001 and ISO 14001 and has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating or above. These accreditations and standards demonstrate that the materials have been sourced responsibly, the product is manufactured in a way that does not damage the environment and that the company itself has taken steps to reduce its environmental impact.
Metal standing seam systems like Colorcoat Urban® therefore offer a number of benefits, from outstanding performance to stunning aesthetics.