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46 BUILDING FABRIC


CHOOSING SHEETING Choosing the best metal sheeting for a roof depends on the purpose and geography of the building. Domestic builds may require insulated sheets to ensure the building is warm in winter and cool in summer. Insulated panels are made of inner


and outer steel sheets, separated by a core of high performance closed-cell rigid foam insulation. The distinct advantage of an insulated panel roof is the labour cost savings as the whole roof covering is laid in a single operation. Also, it’s a single-fix solution. Another product growing in popularity


is the steel tile-effect sheet, which has become popular for its aesthetic appearance. Standing seam systems, meanwhile, are produced specifically for very low-pitched roofs down to 2 degrees and are ideally suited for single-storey home extensions. Standing seam systems look very


different, and we are seeing a growing trend for these on one-off houses. They cost more but their unique technical capabilities and eye-catching style has significant appeal.


BUSTING THE METAL ROOF MYTHS The most popular buildings for a profiled metal roof are still likely to be


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garages, workshops, factories, warehouses and agricultural buildings, but some myth-busting could help make metal sheeting more widely popular in the domestic sector. The biggest myth about metal sheeting is that when it rains it produces a ‘drumming’ sound. If insulated correctly, with the right sound deadening acoustic underlay and insulation, a metal roof can be extremely quiet. Other myths around profiled metal sheeting roofing include: •Metal roofs are more susceptible to lightning strikes – they aren’t, but a lightning conductor can be installed for peace of mind


•Metal roofs will make a house cold in winter – they won’t. With the correct insulation and vapour barriers installed they can leave a house well insulated. With far fewer joints and seals than any other roofing type, air and heat leakage is kept to a minimum, which keeps the building warmer


• Metal roofing is heavy – the elements are in fact lighter than tiles and slate roofing, and also require less timber to support them.


It’s another myth that metal roofs are


primarily suitable for cost-conscious builds in which the aesthetics are less


Tony Hobbs is managing director at Southern Sheeting


IN CANADA AND THE USA, PROFILED METAL ROOFS ARE A POPULAR CHOICE FOR HOMES BECAUSE OF THEIR HIGH STRENGTH-TO- WEIGHT RATIO AND ABILITY TO WITHSTAND HARSH WEATHER


important – in fact a metal roof is good value, especially over the long term, and if you make the right choices, they look good and can even feel on-trend in a high-end statement home. The demand for garden offices has been very high during the pandemic and including these in a new development will add significant value to a property. Homes with garden offices are also in short supply – why not consider adding them to your property development with an attractive metal roof? It’s sure to attract significant interest.


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