Roofs built in copper, stainless steel, aluminium & zinc

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Metal Roof Ltd moves into Single Ply

Metal Roof Ltd moves into Single Ply

We have recently completed training in IKO Armourplan single ply roofing (polyester-reinforced pvc membrane). IKO Armourplan may only be installed by an IKO trained and licensed contractor. Armourplan offers: Completely UV stable Improved tensile strength Good mechanical properties and product performance Efficient and safe installation Secure seam welding quality...

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Rochester Kent new storey clad in zinc

Rochester Kent new storey clad in zinc

In the historic centre of Rochester in Kent, yards from the castle and the cathedral, a new storey was added to this detached house. Walls and roof to be clad in zinc. To allow ventilation under the zinc above a valley gutter that could not be sunk into the roof, we installed these zinc hoods over a series of air...

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Contrasting zinc finishes; Mayfield, E Sussex

Contrasting zinc finishes; Mayfield, E Sussex

This project showcases use of VM zinc in two ways: firstly the walls are clad in the not-so-often used but very attractive Azengar zinc and secondly the design uses contrasting finishes – Pigmento Plus zinc on the roof and fascias to stand out against the Azengar on the walls. Completed March...

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Prefalz cladding in Sussex garden

Prefalz cladding in Sussex garden

One of our more unusual jobs that took us into the area of landscape gardening. We used Prefalz coated aluminium, in Stone Grey finish, to clad the retaining walls and other area in this Blackboys, East Sussex house. Prefalz P10 carries a 40-year warranty to the metal and to the coated finish and is available in a range of colours....

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VM Anthra zinc cladding in Hythe

VM Anthra zinc cladding in Hythe

VM Anthra zinc cladding in Hythe, East Sussex. Lots of twists and turns on this top floor zinc cladding, with gable windows and soffits on all four sides. Completed July...

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Natural zinc to Whitstable Kent Seaside Flats

Natural zinc to Whitstable Kent Seaside Flats

Natural zinc is used 0n these flats built on the seafront at Whitstable in Kent, . The earlier photos here show the zinc in its early bright appearance but the later ones show the effect of weathering where the zinc has developed the protective patina that ensures its longevity. The panels were set at 430mm centres, narrower than usual, to allow for the wind in this...

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Alfriston barrel roof; VM Pigmento Red

Alfriston barrel roof; VM Pigmento Red

21/03/19 A two-storey garage/studio extension in the East Sussex countryside with a barrel-vaulted roof which shows off the distinctive colour of  the VM Pigmento Red Zinc. The walls of the top storey are also to be clad in zinc – more photos on completion.  ...

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Polegate House; zinc extension

Polegate House; zinc extension

A single storey extension creating a garden room has zinc cladding to the roof and incorporates an integral “secret” gutter with soffit and fascia in zinc. “Thanks to you and the team for all the work. We get a lot of very positive comments from passers by.” Peter Gross,...

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VM Pigmento Blue on Brighton House

VM Pigmento Blue on Brighton House

14/10/19 An attractive job for us requiring VM Pigmento Blue zinc roofing and cladding to a new-build Brighton house. Integral “secret” gutters are used (lined in Natural zinc) to give a cleaner silhouette to the building (although matching zinc guttering is very smart). Solar pv panels have been fitted on to our zinc. This can require extra fixings for...

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Koala: Pigmento and Quartz zinc on Eastbourne seafront

Koala: Pigmento and Quartz zinc on Eastbourne seafront

The oddly-named Koala on Eastbourne seafront is a development of an apartment block and a terrace of houses. The houses have their roofs clad in VM Pigmento Green zinc while the flats have roofing and cladding in VM Quartz. Any material in a coastal location is susceptible to build-up of air-borne salt if it can not be washed off by rain. Although this will not...

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Curved barrel-vaulted copper roofs for barn

Curved barrel-vaulted copper roofs for barn

Near Swansea, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, this job was a barn conversion for holiday accommodation. The building had three barrel-vaulted roofs which were separated by flat valleys. We asked the carpenter to build the slight curve between the internal gutters in order to give the pitch necessary for a standing seam roof....

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Zinc roofing, facades and guttering in Lewes, Sussex

Zinc roofing, facades and guttering in Lewes, Sussex

Our client lives in a two-storey detached house in Lewes, Sussex and was building a rear extension on both storeys with the addition of a new lower floor below this. A terrace was built at ground floor level and a balcony on the first floor. The client’s aim was to build something with style and character but which remained in harmony with the house and...

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Copper clad rooftop cube for beach house at Winchelsea, Sussex

Copper clad rooftop cube for beach house at Winchelsea, Sussex

On this Sussex beach house the rooftop cube gives access to a roof terrace and its fantastic views. Installed in its bright form the copper is now a rich dark brown. The colour matches the dark slate cladding on the wall below (though the owners will be able to observe the slow change over the years to vivid copper green). As requested, we cut and installed the...

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Copper work on Oxford pool house

Copper work on Oxford pool house

Metal Roof Ltd are glad to have had the opportunity to work on this swimming pool house, built as an extension on a house in Oxford. The owners will enjoy the transformation of the roof over the years from copper-brown to...

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VM Anthra zinc on Lewes, Sussex new-build

VM Anthra zinc on Lewes, Sussex new-build

A new-build house on a brown-field site in Lewes, Sussex. The house has three roofs, all clad in Anthra zinc, which is not painted but chemically treated to produce its charcoal black finish. The roofs are ventilated, with close boarding under the zinc. We include here a picture of the porch – we custom-made a downpipe here as the client felt that the standard...

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Multi-roofed Falzinc building in Faversham, Kent

Multi-roofed Falzinc building in Faversham, Kent

This project comprised six roofs of various shapes and sizes, including internal box gutters and cladding to parapets. The double gutter on some of the roofs, worked out between us and the main contractor, was the solution to the position of the steel beams in the main structure....

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Seaside location for zinc roofing and cladding near Hastings, Sussex

Seaside location for zinc roofing and cladding near Hastings, Sussex

This project comprises two houses, of different design, and a large garage on a site near the beach in Pett Levels, Hastings, East Sussex. We have installed the panels with narrower than usual centres (with extra narrow at the verges) to resist wind uplift because of the location. The houses have an interesting mix of work for us, with cladding to roofs, two large...

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Lindab Aluzinc standing seam roofing for Sussex GPs’ surgery

Lindab Aluzinc standing seam roofing for Sussex GPs’ surgery

  A new GPs’ surgery in Hartfield in Sussex. The metal used here was Lindab Aluzinc, a zinc/aluminium coated steel. The job included gutters and downpipes and cladding to projecting windows – the roof itself had to accommodate a number of penetrations for wind and solar power devices....

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Stainless steel standing seam church roof

Stainless steel standing seam church roof

We worked at Scraptoft Church in Leicester and fitted the entire church, which had been covered in lead, with stainless steel standing seam. The church has three parts and our work therefore consisted of three roofs and the porch.    ...

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Bronze finish copper cladding to Sussex House

Bronze finish copper cladding to Sussex House

This project is a large modern home, newly built in the Sussex countryside. The job uses bronze finish copper which is designed to be less prone to the usual green weathering of copper – it retains more of its original colour. The third picture was taken a year later than the first two.  ...

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Traditional batten roll roof for Lewes Castle in Sussex

Traditional batten roll roof for Lewes Castle in Sussex

A visitors’ centre has been built in the grounds of Lewes Castle in Sussex and the roof was required to have the appearance of a traditional “batten roll” lead roof. Terne-coated stainless steel was used so as to achieve the appearance of lead but without the harmful environmental effects.  ...

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VM Zinc warm roof construction in Sissinghurst, Kent

VM Zinc warm roof construction in Sissinghurst, Kent

The zinc on this house in Sissinghurst, Kent was laid directly on to the insulation and fixed through to the ply below. A self-sealing vapour barrier underneath and special fixings ensure that the roof is completely sealed and that there is no cold bridging from inside the building to the outside roof surface. This will reduce heating bills for the client and...

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Zinc standing seam roof for Brighton house

Zinc standing seam roof for Brighton house

This job, a new-build house in Brighton, East Sussex is notable for the two semi-circular bays at the front. Careful work was needed here to ensure that the front edge follows the curve smoothly.    ...

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VM Quartz zinc in Central London Refurbishment

VM Quartz zinc in Central London Refurbishment

These pictures show our work on a high quality refurbishment installing VM Quartz zinc to a retail and residential property in New Bond Street in London. The building has had two new floors built on to it with all details in keeping with the period of the original. We clad dormer windows on both floors and a rooftop outside area with interlocking panels in 1mm VM...

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Zinc cladding on London apartment block

Zinc cladding on London apartment block

Metal Roof Ltd were delighted to win the contract for this job which gives us the chance to show off our work on the skyline of the capital. The top floor of this south London apartment block and the walls of the roof garden above were clad with zinc. Two structures within the garden were also clad. Altogether, the work of Metal Roof Ltd has contributed a clean and...

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Round zinc roofs for London school

Round zinc roofs for London school

The roof of this new school building in Cobham, London consists of a single ply flat deck with two circular, sloping upstands which are clad in rheinzinc. These circular roofs and the flat roof were surrounded with a zinc fascia and zinc downpipes were installed.  

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Copper cladding to Bexhill, Sussex, park cafeteria

Copper cladding to Bexhill, Sussex, park cafeteria

This cafe is a very striking feature in the Bexhill, East Sussex park with its copper, sloping, circular roof. The design required some careful cutting and fitting in order to get a neat curved edge. Note that the short edge panels must be tapered to get round the curve....

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Copper cupola for Sussex house

Copper cupola for Sussex house

This four-sided copper cupola was commissioned from us to sit above a roof on a Sussex house. We fabricated it in our workshop and then took it to site.  

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Two zinc pyramids on church extension in Sussex

Two zinc pyramids on church extension in Sussex

St Augustine’s Church in Scaynes Hill, near Haywards Heath, East Sussex. An unusual project, the larger of the two pyramid roofs has a change in angle at the top whilst the four faces turn into three. The zinc is Natural finish so looks a bit messy at the early stage when these photos were taken as the metal has weathered to different degrees. However, within...

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Curved zinc roof in Laughton, East Sussex

Curved zinc roof in Laughton, East Sussex

We’ve just finished on this large new-build residence near Lewes in East Sussex, comprising the main barrel vaulted roof and the lower ‘lean-to’ also with a zinc roof. The roofs are ventilated, with close boarding under the zinc. The panels for the main roof are being installed in one run, so they are made on site and carefully lifted up to the...

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Zinc eaves cladding in Orpington, Kent

Zinc eaves cladding in Orpington, Kent

A private house in South-East London where we have zinc-clad the overhanging eaves and coping. We consulted with the architect and took care to ensure our panels were cut and spaced to match up with the eaves timbers. The roof has a curve along the sides, it’s not a funny lens on the...

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Zinc chapel roof in Medway, Kent

Zinc chapel roof in Medway, Kent

This is a two-phase project at Medway Crematorium in Chatham, Kent, involving an extension on both sides of the existing building. We have completed the East side and will return in June to work on the West. Uses VM Zinc’s Pigmento Red which has a pigment added to the metal to give a subtle colour tone to the zinc. The roof is a warm construction so the zinc...

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Housing Trust homes in Swanley, Kent

Housing Trust homes in Swanley, Kent

This current project comprises the zinc multi-roof to a large new-build housing project in Swanley, Kent for West Kent Housing Association. There is one large building for flats with multiple hips and valleys and including 12 dormers and several large projecting bays and also two smaller buildings comprising four houses. The zinc is Natural finish and the different...

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Copper Clock Tower in Brighton, Sussex

Copper Clock Tower in Brighton, Sussex

This Victorian clock tower, standing in the centre of Preston Park, Brighton, is a well-known Brighton landmark. The original copper cladding to the top section and cupola had reached the end of its life and we were asked to replace it. The job involved some decorative ‘leaf’ work and some intricate welts in the gutters. We used copper leaf to clad the...

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