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What is the average lifespan of Zinc Panels?

There are many types of zinc panels available to suit your architectural needs. VMZINC® is one of the main sources for panels made from zinc, a popular choice for metal panel systems among designers today. Their brand name represents a full range of Titanium-Zinc products that are available as sheets, coils and manufactured products and systems. This is an international brand that is owned by the Building Products Unit of the UMICORE Group. They provide a variety of facades made with zinc including:

  • VMZ Adeka
  • VMZ Corrugated - Sinus
  • VMZ Dexter
  • VMZ Flat lock panel
  • VMZ Interlocking panel
  • VMZ Metafor
  • VMZ Single lock standing seam
  • VMZ Dri Design Cassettes
  • VMZ Composite

Each of these come with many attractive features that are appealing to contractors and installers. They are economical, easy to install, and can be versatile while retaining an industrial look. Their panels also have ranging components, concealed clips and fasteners, and you can install them vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Read more about them here - http://www.vmzinc-us.com/.

Wade Architectural Systems uses a wide array of metal options for panels including zinc. We have been involved with more than 2,500 projects all over the country, with a primary focus on Texas. We have been involved with projects such as:

  • The Council on Alcohol & Drugs building in Houston
  • Galveston Fire Station No. 4
  • The Agriculture & Life Sciences Complex on the Texas A&M University Campus
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing

Are Zinc Panels Expensive?

Panels from VMZINC® are reasonably priced. The value of their architectural metal panels far outweighs the cost. Many companies all over the world use it when constructing their buildings. Portions of Asia as well as Europe have long used zinc as a building envelope material. America has now jumped on board and has recognized their long-term durability. Their "green" facet also appeals to contractors and installers that want something environmentally-friendly. Additionally, they are malleable, flexible, prestigious and aesthetic.

Another characteristic of zinc is that it develops a natural protective patina. It can go from shiny silver to matte gray, depending on the alloy, colors and finishes. When water, oxygen and carbon dioxide molecules in the atmosphere come into contact with the zinc surface, an adhering protective layer of zinc carbonate begins to form. This provides protection from further corrosion. This layer will renew throughout its lifecycle.

How do Zinc Panels Compare to Copper?

Zinc is soft compared to copper. However, it can meet commercial roofing and wall applications when combined with titanium, aluminum as well as copper. Although this results in a zinc alloy, it still retains the natural benefits of zinc. This includes attributes such as malleability, color, texture and patina. This expands the use of zinc as an architectural application, including metal composite wall panels. Read more here - http://goo.gl/BpDZM.

Wade Architectural Systems represents panel systems made with high-quality for a range of budgets. It is our pleasure to work with design and construction companies in the early stages of panel specification and selecting. This assists us in identifying areas that provide the most cost-effectiveness while never compromising on performance and aesthetic requirements. Contact us immediately to review the best options concerning your project.

    What are the advantages of using Zinc Panels on my project?

  • August 19, 2016
    Zinc Panels are Lighter The support structure for zinc wall or roof panels does not need to be as strong, because the material is significantly lighter than equivalent steel products. This can reduce the material costs for the substructure and keep labor costs to a minimum.

    They Resist Corrosion Steel is prone to corrosion if it is not painted or sealed, and is also prone to electrochemical reactions. Zinc panels resist corrosion, thanks to a self-healing patina that forms in contact with carbon dioxide. They require a coating only in areas where there is poor airflow, and they do not need constant resealing like steel.

    They Can Be Shaped Steel panels tend to be stiff and do not bend easily or uniformly. Zinc panels are made from softer alloys that are extremely malleable, allowing zinc panels to be shaped into curves, angles or many other designs.

    They are Sustainable Zinc panels can easily be recycled at the end of their life, making new products with a minimum amount of additional energy. Because steel panels have a shorter lifespan and require a greater amount of energy to recycle, they are less sustainable than zinc.

    Zinc panels are a great choice for long-lasting durability and reduced maintenance, and they will outlast steel panels significantly.
  • February 14, 2016
    Published by Wade Architectural Systems

    Zinc panels aren't a new invention. Zinc has been used in home construction since the late 19th century, but was later eclipsed in post-WWII years by lower-priced options like asphalt shingles and thermoplastic panels. However, thanks to an increasing desire for environmentally-friendly products that last, zinc panels are back in. Here are some of the key advantages of using zinc panels:
    • Durability and corrosion resistance.  Zinc's most widely known advantage is its unique ability to deter corrosion thanks to its ability to form a thin layer of patina. This patina covers zinc panels and protect them from harsh weather elements of high winds and rains. This makes it so durable that European roofs made from zinc in the 19th century are still in great shape today.
    • Availability and applicability.  Zinc is the 24th most abundant element found in the Earth's crust, making it one of the more commonly available metals throughout the world. Plus, its ability to be easily manipulated makes it a premier choice for a variety of applications.
    • Aesthetic appeal.  That same patina that makes zinc so durable and long-lasting also gives it a unique look. Many architects, contractors, and  homeowners opt to install zinc panels for no other reason than their love for the unique and beautiful look of zinc panels.
  • October 6, 2015

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    Durable and Corrosion Resistant

    Zinc is so well known for its ability to keep away corrosion that it remains the top galvanic anode used throughout the boating industry. And it works just as well above water as it does below. When zinc is exposed to moisture, instead of rusting it forms a thin layer known as patina. Patina protects the zinc and the materials it covers from the outdoor elements, inhibits corrosion, and self-repairs such things as scratches.

    Prolific and Workable

    Zinc is one of the most abundant elements in the Earth's crust and is currently one of the most-used metals throughout the world. This means it's always locally available and its prices are competitive throughout its many working applications. People love to work with this metal because it's easy to form and manipulate for the desired job.

    Green Thumbs Up

    Going 'green' has become a huge push within the construction industry. If you're looking to reduce energy costs and the property's impact on the environment, zinc panels are an excellent resource for a few big reasons. First, they require less energy from the onset in production due to the metal's lower melting point. In specific terms of zinc panels, the zinc alloy acts as a natural inhibitor to mold and fungi growth but not to other varieties of plant life. This means your panels stay stain-free longer without the use of harmful chemicals. And when you're finished, zinc panels are 100% recyclable.