Zinc tiles are gaining ground in residential buildings and no longer an option just to cover sheds and industries. If you are thinking of using this kind of tile in your work, continue following this post that we will clarify all your doubts about the material.
After all, what is a zinc tile?
The zinc shingles are actually made from sheet steel. At the end of the process, the tile receives a layer of zinc to prevent the steel from wearing out with corrosion. This process also makes it known as galvanized tile.
Already some tiles receive a mixture of zinc, aluminum and silicon on the surface of the sheet steel. In that case, they are called galvalume tiles.
In general, regardless of the final finish, the zinc tiles are extremely strong and durable.
Characteristics and price of zinc tile
Zinc tiles are sold in large lengths, usually above three meters. For this reason, the price of the tile can startle at first, since it costs $ 120 each piece. But just reflect a little to realize that, at the end of the work, this type of tile ends up representing an economy, because a single tile covers a much larger area than a conventional fiber cement tile.
The expense with the roof structure is also reduced because the zinc tile is lighter. However, manpower needs to be specialized to ensure correct tile placement and avoid problems in the future.
Types of Zinc Tiles
The zinc tiles are not all the same, there are different models and each of them is suitable for certain types of constructions. See below the most commercialized zinc tiles and their main features and applications:
Zinc tile with styrofoam
Zinc tile with styrofoam is also known as sandwich tile. The term lives up to the model, since this type of tile has two layers of steel sheets "stuffed" with a layer of styrofoam. The great advantage of this type of tile is the thermal and acoustic insulation it provides, thanks to Styrofoam that has the ability to isolate heat and noise, preventing them from passing into the environment.
Corrugated zinc tile
For those who wish to opt for zinc tile without giving up the classic shape of Brasilit tiles, the corrugated zinc tiles are the ideal ones. They are similar in shape to asbestos cement tiles and have the main advantage and characteristic of good water drainage and easy installation.
Trapezoidal Zinc Tile
Trapezoid-shaped zinc tiles are the most commonly used in sheds and large flat constructions. This is because the flat base of the tile is just right for large roofs.
Advantages and disadvantages of zinc tile
In the past, zinc tiles were known only for the fame of super-warm environments. But times have changed and today this type of tile has more advantages than disadvantages. Check out the pros and cons of zinc tiles:
Advantages of Zinc Tile
- Durability and strength are one of the main advantages of this type of tile. The joining of the steel with the zinc makes the tile very resistant to all kinds of climatic weather, bearing winds, heavy rains and high temperatures;
- The zinc tile does not propagate fire;
- The zinc tile does not require constant maintenance and because it is a durable and resistant material you will hardly have problems with it;
- The low cost of this type of tile is also included in the list of advantages, not to mention that easy installation and simple roof structure also help reduce the final cost of the roof;
- Zinc tiles are also environmentally friendly. Most of them use between 25% and 95% recyclable material in the composition and can be fully recycled at the end of their useful life;
- Zinc shingles are lightweight and easy to handle;
- The zinc tiles can be painted and receive the color you desire;
Disadvantages of zinc tile
- The zinc tile heats up. This is already a known fact. The material does not have a good thermal insulation and the absorbed heat ends up passing into the environment. However, this problem can be solved with the use of a thermal blanket. A slab of concrete also helps reduce the problem;
- The zinc tiles are noisy. This is another problem with the material. The tile has poor sound insulation and any noise in contact with the tile becomes much larger than it actually is, such as rain for example. The use of the blanket or the construction of a slab already contributes to the significant improvement of the acoustic insulation;
- Temperature variation can cause the zinc tile to suffer contraction and expansion and this can become a problem if the roof is not well made. That is why it is necessary to have a skilled manpower that respects this characteristic of the material;
- Another disadvantage of zinc tile is that if it needs to be changed in the future, you may not find plates in the same shade and the roof will have different color spots;
To help you define once and for all if zinc tile is the ideal one for your building, we have selected a series of images of houses with zinc tiles. Check out:
Picture 1 - The zinc tile combined with the color of the external walls of that house.
Picture 2 - House sobrado opted for a roof two waters and zinc tile roofing.
Picture 3 - Already in this house, the tiles of zinc create a harmonious contrast with the woody walls.
Picture 4 - This house in the middle of nature bet on a zinc tile with solar panel.
Picture 5 - Zinc tile with skylight ensures more illumination inside the residence.
Picture 6 - The zinc tile brings a more industrial look to the house; In this image, the woody tone of the facade makes a counterpoint in the visual.
Picture 7 - Simple house with zinc tile; remember to maintain the correct slope of the roof.
Image 8 - Elongated house opted for a zinc tile, bringing a good economy to work.
Image 9 - Zinc shingles cover this little hunk in the middle of the forest.
Picture 10 - This house in the lake with zinc cover takes away all the prejudice that the material is not aesthetic enough to be used in residences.
Image 11 - The small house has zinc tile and metal walls.
Image 12 - Zinc tile was the bet of this modern construction in the middle of nature.
Picture 13 - Zinc tile is not the only one that counts towards the final appearance of the roof, the format is also fundamental.
Image 14 - Several materials make up the facade of this house.
Picture 15 - Metal rails are no problem for this type of roof, since they match very well with the zinc tiles.
Image 16 - In the zinc tile, a trapdoor.
Image 17 - Solar panel is an investment that compensates a lot in the long term, besides being very important from the point of view of sustainability.
Picture 18 - House of brick with zinc tile: an unusual and very beautiful combination.
Image 19 - Doors and windows in harmony with the zinc tile.
Image 20 - Set of houses built with zinc tile.
Picture 21 - Zinc roof perfectly integrated the architecture of this house with swimming pool.
Picture 22 - In this house, the zinc roof ends in a pergola.
Image 23 - Zinc tiles can be painted the color you prefer; In this house the option was for white.
Figure 24 - The bigger the angle of inclination of the roof more it appears in the facade of the house.
Picture 25 - Modern architecture of this house knew how to make the most of the style and the look of the zinc tiles.
Image 26 - Zinc tile: Dark color of the outer wall seems to integrate with the roof.
Image 27 - Small house, small and covered with white zinc tile.
Image 28 - The house facing the sea bet on the strength and durability of the zinc tiles.
Picture 29 - Large house with zinc tile.
Picture 30 - Wood and zinc: contrast of materials favored the facade of this house.
Picture 31 - In the stone house, the zinc tile also did very well.
Image 32 - A bold and original construction like this needed a differentiated roof as well.
Image 33 - White house with zinc tile.
Image 34 - In this house, the zinc tiles line up to the outer wall.
Picture 35 - Already in this other house, the tiles of zinc cover all the walls.
Image 36 - Zinc tile proving its versatility in different types of architectural projects.
Image 37 - Zinc tile leaves this house in the style of a container .
Image 38 - A whole zinc construction.
Image 39 - Zinc tile in black and white.
Image 40 - Zinc shingles are ideal for flat roofs.