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Zinc cladding panels are latest premium alternative to steel or aluminium panels for exterior wall cladding, building a sturdy metal facade, or adding interior metal accents. Compared to steel panels, zinc panels form a natural zinc hydroxyl carbonate patina when exposed to carbon dioxide-containing air. This patina protects the panels from rust, salt, and other natural forces.

Zinc's physical and aesthetic properties make it a highly desirable material for the façade used in buildings for decades. However, it was further appealed to integrate it with modern rain-screen cladding systems. In this, our monthly article, we look at some of the reasons why zinc cladding is ideal for both repairs and new constructions:

Benefits of Zinc Panels

Zinc cladding panels have many fantastic benefits that make them suitable for every project.

Several Available Finishes

Zinc panels are available in various finishes, including natural zinc, preweathered zinc that mimics the natural aging process, and dark zinc, with a black weathered surface that offers a distinctive appearance in contrast to lighter colours. Many panels are also available with coloured pigments, including natural shades of red, blue, green, brown, and textured.

Sustainability

Zinc panels are made of natural materials that are extremely easy to recycle at the end of their life, make new products such as batteries, or become part of another metal alloy.

Aesthetic Appeal

Zinc cladding is popular with architects and developers because of its attractive aesthetics; it is highly desirable from the outset and continues to appeal as it softens. That's because zinc, like other metallic cladding materials such as copper, bronze, and brass, has developed over time a beautiful natural patina that adds further interest to the façade.

The zinc natural finish  begins with a glossy, metallic silver surface that develops a muted richness of grey, blue, and brown tones. Alternatively, you can circumvent this normal weathering mechanism by specifying the pre-patinated goods, such as VMZINC QUARTZ & ANTHRA.

Corrosion-Resistant

Zinc has a high degree of resistance to atmospheric corrosion due to its tendency to create, in the presence of water and carbon dioxide, a hard microscopic protective carbonate film over its body, known as 'patina’. Even though the zinc surface is scratched, the protective layer is being reshaped, providing a very robust coating structure for exposed areas. ZInc is considered to be a self healing material .It is worth noting that if zinc is in close contact with metals such as copper, brass, or steel, it may result in galvanic reactions and accelerated corrosion.

Workability

Zinc cladding panels are also another alternative, which can make striking buildings. Perforated panels often use less material, ensuring that specific designs will better fulfil budget goals by providing new aesthetics. As a general rule, zinc replicates aluminium’s malleable properties with the additional benefit of producing a stunning, aged patina – anodized aluminium is relatively inert. It does not alter its appearance in time, which is the desired outcome.

Long life

The zinc cladding's long life makes it a workable alternative when contemplating the cost of the building's whole life. It contrasts very favourably with other cladding metals such as copper , bronze, brass, and stainless steel. Zinc cladding  minimum life expectancy is over 100 years in an unpolluted urban area between 60 and 80 years in a marine atmosphere. Another factor worth remembering if you specify zinc cladding panels is that it is not degraded by ultraviolet light to maintain its lovely patina.

Zinc cladding panels may be found in many commercials, manufacturing, or even residential construction projects. They can integrate seamlessly with the landscape in urban and rural environments, or they can be used to create a distinctive contrast to the surrounding structures. With so many advantages, zinc panels are a perfect alternative to other cladding or roofing materials.

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