VMZINC® provides the freedom to create architectural masterpieces which are difficult to realise with other construction materials. The flexibility, malleability and versatility of zinc, combined with its elegance make it the perfect material for innovative building projects.
More importantly, it also gives you the confidence that the material you’ve chosen for your next project will perform today and for years to come. As architects continue to seek sustainable materials, zinc will continue to be specified in a diverse range of uses including residential, commercial, public, buildings, educational institutions and a variety of interior applications.
Architectural Cladding Suppliers are proud to be associated with VMZINC® providing quality finished materials for the manufacture and supply of walling, cladding and roofing products and solutions.
Whether it is a commercial build, private housing, or even a feature wall: VMZINC® as a chosen finish will demonstrate extraordinary adaptability. Zinc, like other metal finishes is used to strengthen the qualities of design and architecture. When used appropriately it will enhance buildings and give them a certain vibrancy.
According to VMZINC® the following basic principles should be taken into account to make your project a great success:
- Ventilation – ensures that the dew point does not occur on the underside of the zinc. The air gap located beneath the support allows the evacuation of humidity caused by internal condensation. For roofing the air gap is necessary to allow the evacuation of humidity. In addition, if water infiltration occurs, moisture can be absorbed by the supporting structure and evacuated through the air gap. And for walling and cladding, the air gap will ensure air inlet at the bottom and air outlet at the top.
- Compatibility – Certain products when placed in contact with zinc can have detrimental effects on the appearance and/or structural integrity of the zinc. Acidic products and products that can generate a galvanic reaction must not be used with zinc. Contact between zinc and other metals must take into account the electro-chemical reactions caused by a difference in electrical potential between the surfaces of the metals. Therefore a certain number of contacts are acceptable whilst others must be avoided.
- Expansion – Any work involving VMZINC® must allow it to expand and contract freely. The linear expansion of VMZINC is 0.022 mm per meter and per degree centigrade.
- Maintenance – Ensure that the zinc is not handled in an area with great temperature variations. Temperature variations can cause condensation build-up, which in turn will cause zinc hydroxide (white rust) to form on the zinc. When handling the zinc always wear gloves and long sleeved shirt. The acidic nature of perspiration will leave marks on the zinc surface that will heal over time but will remain visible for a while and could have an adverse effect on the appearance of the zinc.