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Where can I Buy Zinc Roofing Material?

Wade Architectural Systems is your source for zinc roofing material, including standing seam panels, shingles, coil and flat sheet for flashing and architectural details. We have strong relationships with manufacturers of roofing materials and specialize in zinc roofing/cladding products. Our team consists of professional representatives, project managers, and estimators. We have been supplied roofing and wall cladding materials for more than 2,500 projects within the United States. We are a Houston based company and focus primarily on projects within the state of Texas. We offer only the best from reputable companies such as Centria, VMZINC, Dri - Design and Ceilings Plus.

We understand that the material selection you make will directly impact the performance, aesthetics and durability of the structure. A roof fabricated from architectural zinc is considered by many to be the best metal value for various steep-slope applications.

Is Zinc Roofing Long-Lasting?

Zinc has a rich global history and is known for its long lifespan. In Paris, 85% of roofs are constructed of rolled zinc, most of which are original roofs from the mid-19th century. With average lifespans of 80-100+, a zinc roof will far outlast most other roofing options.

To help contractors and installers meet their roofing needs, Wade Architectural Systems offers rolled roofing and shingle products from VMZINC® by Umicore Building Products. VMZINC® has a long history of success thanks to the material's durability coupled with a global network of Pro-Zinc trained installers. Not only do their roofing materials last a long time, they are also malleable, prestigious, and available in an array of color options. VMZINC® Double Lock Standing Seam systems, Dexter panels, and Adeka shingles are appropriate for all roof pitches 3:12 and above. For assistance in selecting the appropriate solution for lower sloped roofs and roofing shapes, contact Wade Architectural Systems today.

Is Zinc Roofing Low-Maintenance?

Zinc is a material that far outlasts alternative roof cladding options. Because the material develops a natural, protective patina, it requires virtually no maintenance over its life-span. A properly installed zinc roof can last well over 80 years. Zinc also has a low reflectivity as well as a beautiful appearance that only gets better as the ages pass. Many rainscreen cladding options are also available with zinc, so vertical wall applications with the same longevity and beautiful appearance can be installed on your building whether a commercial office, educational institution, large airport, or small, private residence.

Wade Architectural Systems represents metal panel systems to suit a variety of needs and budget requirements. We work closely with construction and design teams early on in the project to identify areas that provide the most cost-effective solutions. Contact our offices today to find out more about our services.

    Should I put Zinc Roofing on my building?

  • October 14, 2016

    Metal roofs have become popular in commercial, industrial and even residential construction because they are easy to install and extremely durable. Often the material of choice is either galvanized steel or carbon steel that has been painted or powder-coated, but zinc roofing is becoming a popular alternative to steel. Here is how zinc roofing compares to steel:


    Zinc roofing is similar in strength to steel, but it is not as easily damaged by corrosion or rust. When exposed to the air, zinc forms a natural patina that protects the metal from harm and can even heal minor damage like scratches over time. Because it does not rust, zinc can last much longer than steel, often up to 50 years.


    Zinc roofing is slightly lighter than steel at the same dimensions, allowing the underlying structure to be lighter and reducing material costs.


    Zinc roofing is slightly more malleable than steel, allowing it to be curved or formed into custom shapes easily using either powered or manual equipment.


    Steel, especially carbon steel, must be periodically sanded and refinished to prevent corrosion, which could lead to leaks or structural failure. Zinc roofing is relatively maintenance-free, thanks to its self-healing patina.

  • August 26, 2016
    What are some of the features of zinc roofing?
    A long-lasting, water-tight roof is essential to protect a building and its contents from the elements, and zinc roofing provides a solution that is economical, attractive and low-maintenance. Here are just a few of the features that zinc roofing has to offer:

    Long-Lasting Durability: Zinc roofing is corrosion-resistant and extremely durable, allowing it to last 50 to 100 years in many roofing applications, depending on the installation conditions. Exposure to pollutants and corrosive agents, such as the sulfur dioxide produced by automobiles, industrial plants and heating oil, can affect the lifespan of zinc roofing, though recent regulations have reduced such pollution.

    Corrosion Resistance: Zinc roofing is naturally resistant to corrosion, which reduces the lifespan of steel roofs considerably. This natural protection comes from a patina of zinc hydroxicarbonate, which forms in the presence of carbon dioxide from the air. Areas that are not exposed to airflow, such as the underside of zinc roofing, must be coated to prevent corrosion.

    Malleability: Zinc is a naturally soft and flexible materials, allowing zinc roofing panels to be easily curved, bent or formed to fit around architectural elements like curves, peaks, valleys and other features. Zinc roofing can easily be formed by machine or by hand, depending on the requirements of the installation.

    Low-Maintenance Finishes: Zinc roofing is available with a variety of low-maintenance metallic finishes, including natural zinc, weathered gray zinc or dark-gray zinc, as well as a selection of pigmented finishes, including brown, blue, red and green.
  • March 3, 2016
    Published by Wade Architectural Systems

    Zinc is a fantastic roofing material. In fact, most metal roofing works great for buildings due to its durability and longevity. But if you're wondering whether you should put zinc roofing on your building, here's what you should know:

    • Zinc offers great protection against corrosion :  Zinc roofing has unique self-healing properties that enable it to eliminate surface scratches over time. Harsh environments, where roofing material is exposed to saltwater and high winds, are no problem for zinc thanks to its low-maintenance qualities.
    • Zinc roofing is the environmentalist's choice :  If you care about the nature, then you should definitely consider putting zinc roofing on your building. Zinc has a low melting point that allows it be easily formed without a lot of energy. Plus, it's a completely recyclable material, meaning that your zinc roofing can be broken down and re-used whenever you're finished with it. But the real green benefit comes from its longevity. Whereas some roofing material can last a decade, two tops, zinc panels have been proven to last well over a century.
    • Zinc roofing is easily obtainable :  Zinc is the 24th most abundant element available in the Earth's crust. It's also, thanks again to that recyclabilty, one of the most commonly used metals around the world. This means that it can be readily available and at a good price.
  • October 6, 2015
      Published by Wade Architectural Systems

    You may have seen new buildings being built in your area with uniquely-designed roofs that are non-traditional in terms of modern-day architecture. How is it possible to have such amazing flexibility with roofing material? The answer to this is zinc roofing as it is being applied in structures--both new and old--because of its unique qualities.

    What are these qualities in zinc roofs and why should you consider putting this type of roofing on your building?

    Zinc Roofing Considerations for Your Next Roofing Project

    1. Long Lifespan: Zinc roofing has a very long lifespan as it is weatherproof, corrosion-resistant and not affected by ultraviolet light. The surface is protected from moisture and can last up to 100 years without wearing out.
    2. Extremely Flexible: Architects are often able to do so much more with design aspects when it comes to the zinc roofing as they can design it with pitches from 5 to 90 degrees. The zinc is also extremely flexible and can be formed into various shapes quite easily.
    3. Light-Weight, Sturdy, and Recyclable: Zinc as a material is light-weight while being extremely sturdy. It also has the properties to conserve 95 percent of its initial energy, and can easily be recycled if replaced.
    4. Non-Toxic and Beautiful: Zinc roofs have non-toxic runoff thanks to the fact that it is a non-corrosive metal, making it safer for the environment. Zinc has a natural beauty about it that brings out the quality and unique charm of a building’s design.

For Zinc Roofing Products, Contact Wade Architectural Systems

Wade Architectural Systems is your source for zinc roofing material, including standing seam panels, shingles, coil and flat sheet for flashing and architectural details. It is affordable and of high quality. We offer a variety of panels that are aesthetic and long-lasting. In addition, we offer VMZINC® Products. Contact us for more information.