as a Building Material
roof used on dome of IMAX theater in Madrid, Spain. Architect:
Jordi Querol Piera
as a building material is relatively new in North America. It has
been used for centuries in Europe and we have been there since its
introduction. The durability, flexibility, and malleability of this
metal makes it a great material to enhance and expand the creativity
of the architects utilizing it in their designs.
of our longevity utilizing zinc, Umicore Building Products has solutions
to almost any problem that may arise. We are not afraid to address
issues openly. The simple fact is that zinc is not complicated to
work with. It has exceptional popularity in Europe, due to its many
positive aspects. As with all things, the secret is knowledge.
are providing you this website, to familiarize yourself with using
zinc. We encourage you to read this website thoroughly and even
visit the VM Zinc Website, but
our commitment does not stop there. We highly recommend that you
consider Umicore Building Products as a source of information and
as a safety factor in the success of your project. We welcome you
to utilize us throughout the development of your project.
Umicore Building Products is your bridge to over a century of experience
with this material. Our expertise in this field is second to none.
We are constantly developing techniques to improve our product.
Umicore Building Products is far more than just a supplier. We strive
to make your final product an exceptional success.
creating an architectural masterpiece, the skills of experienced
contractors are an essential element. Of course the amount of craftsmanship
necessary depends on the techniques selected. Techniques referred
to as "traditional", demand the highest level of expertise,
therefore, the installers have to be well educated.
Mountain Architectural Metals, Inc. is the authorized representative
for Umicore Building Products, VM ZINC. The company has 10 years
experience in the sales and installation of Zinc roofing materials.
We are able to help in the design process with architects and builders
Malleability of Zinc
Museum, San Francisco, California, USA.
Architects: MBH Architects
distinct advantage of VM ZINC is its malleability. The inherent
softness of the material and its ductility allows it to be shaped
into almost any form.
continuous electrolytic process and the additives of titanium and
copper have improved the ductility and the creep resistance of the
metal. Because VM ZINC' is so malleable there are limits regarding
the flatness of the metal and some pillowing may occur.
The aesthetic appearance of pillowing using light guage sheet metal
has been used in architectural design with growing popularity. Projects
such as the new Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is a prime example.
In many cases the condition of the substrate contributes or exacerbates
the aesthetic irregularity of a wall or roof. Because all light
gauge metals expand and contract, it is important to note that restrictions
on the ability of metal to move can also contribute to excessive
following may reduce the aesthetic anomalies of newly installed
darker material, such as ANTHRA-ZINCO or QUARTZ-ZINCO instead
of natural zinc. The darker the material, the less reflection
of light. This does not actually reduce the pillowing but it will
help minimize its visibility.
for expansion and contraction of the roof by utilizing VM Zinc
sliding clips for fixing the metal.
Use narrower panels (see recommendations of Umicore Building Products.)
thicker VM ZINC. However remember, that thicker material is equivalent
to laying more zinc per square foot and therefore has a higher
cost. Also thicker materials may be more complicated to work with
when traditional the techniques are applied. In general consider
0.7 mm for roof applications and 1.0 mm for wall applications.
more details on zinc roofing please go the to the VM
or Contact Jim Dallman at:
P.O. BOX 70
Mountain Architectural Metals, Inc.
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