Hard metal cladding finishes have been around for centuries in the United Kingdom. There are a wide variety of different finishes available including stainless steel, zinc, coated zinc, natural copper and pre-patinated copper. Many of these systems include a lifetime warranty from the product supplier. This sustainable finish can mature with age. It is popular with architects and is flexible on site.
Stainless steel is extremely corrosion-resistant, scratch-resistant, and bright. It can also be designed to resemble various patterns and colours. Stainless steel wall cladding may be used both on the exterior and interior of buildings, creating a striking architectural effect.
The use of Zinc provides numerous design possibilities, from a natural zinc finish that will weather with age to coloured finishes such as leather brown or green. All systems are fixed with stainless steel clips or fixings. The substrate is designed in accordance with the combustibility and thermal performance required.
Copper is a material that look as good on a historical building as it does on a modern, contemporary design. Few cladding materials possess that ability. The use of copper offers a premium hard metal finish, which adds character to any building. Because of that copper cladding remains a firm favourite with architects and building designers.