Using Aluminium for roofing & cladding in the UK
Aluminium was first discovered in 1807 and by 1900 using an electrolytic production process was then widely used in construction. It was after its use in World War 2 that the potential for its use in fully supported traditional metal roofing and facades was realised.
A thin layer of protective aluminium oxide forms naturally on the surface of the sheet metal when exposed to the air, providing a good resistance to corrosion.
Even though aluminium is resistant to corrosion, care must be taken in the construction of a correct supporting substrate to avoid issues of rising humidity and condensation.
Additional protection and decorations are available in a large pallet of colours coatings and textures. Sheet thickness is 0.7mm for fully supported traditional metal roofing and facades. It is not possible to site solder details with aluminium and the full range of folded details must be used. With good design and professional installation a good and durable lifespan can be expected.