Planning a Metal Roof Installation? – Here’s How to Choose the ideal metal Roofing Contractor for your job by Elliot McHugh

Some of the most important decisions you might have to make when building or refurbishing a property is the choice of roofing material and roofing contractor to use. If you prefer a unique finish and decide on a standing seam metal roof, then finding a trusted metal roof contractor to turn your dream into a reality should be easy.

So, how do you pick a competent standing seam zinc roofing contractor? Online searches and Yellow Pages directories might highlight many possibilities in your area, but to pick the best, it’s worth investing a little time and research beforehand. The insights below will help you ask the right questions and guide you to the pool of standing seam zinc roof contractors that follow good industry practice.


Picking Metal Roofing Contractors: What You Should Know


Make sure the company specialises in metal roofing.

Standing seam metal roof and cladding is a highly skilled sector of roofing. It is more common for metal roof companies to specialise in only this aspect of roofing, as opposed to occasionally offering the service within a general roof works portfolio. Some larger roofing companies may have specialist divisions or in-house metal roof experts. Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective company if they have dedicated specialists and trained installers to begin working on your project. Be cautious if the installer, whether it’s a person or team, is not dedicated to very regular standing seam roof metal roof installations.


Ensure the installer has the correct specialist tools and machinery

Metal roof contractors require a variety of tools, including a standing seam profiling machine, a bending (folding) machine and various specialist hand tools including seam folders. Most competent installers have their own well-maintained equipment.


Request details of trade body membership

The main UK trade body for standing seam metal roof contractors is the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors, FTMRC. While not every skilled installer or company is part of this organisation, membership shows a commitment to having standing seam roof installations checked (vetted) on site for quality.  FTMRC metal roof contractors also agree to abide by a code of practice whereby poor workmanship is rectified, should it be deemed unacceptable when vetted.  The FTMRC also operates a workmanship insurance backed warranty scheme.

Key Point: Policy details should be discussed with the installer prior to appointment and ask the metal roofing contractor to provide details of their trade body membership (s).


Know the installer’s capabilities!

Membership of the FTMRC is a great start in narrowing down your choice of metal roof contractor.  Members are regularly vetted with grading being listed as excellent, good or competent. This information can be seen on the FTMRC website. This grading system will be useful if your metal roof is complex in design, allowing you to pick an installer with skills best suited to your project.

Key Point: Be aware of your installer’s capabilities - ensure that they are competent and are able to carry out the project to a high standard.


Request evidence of previous work

It takes quite a few years to become a skilled standing seam metal roof contractor and most skilled installers have a genuine passion for what they do.  Any installer (aka Tinsmith) should be pleased to show you recent examples of their work and explain the technical challenges and achievements involved in finishing a project.

Key Point: Always ask for reference projects and follow them up to ensure the projects are recent and your target installer is the person or company that completed that project.



Beware of unusually low-price quotes

As with most trades, the price of installing a standing seam metal roof is relatively constant throughout the industry.  Beware of quotes that are unusually low. There may be genuine underlying reasons such as a desire to win the project, workforce availability or a seasonal slowdown. Proceed with caution. Your supplier should be able to offer guidance as to the expected rates.

Key Point: Always know the average cost of installers in the industry - remain astute to unusually low prices.


Liaise with the material supplier

The metal roof company has been supplying GreenCoat PLX, Zinc and Copper roof sheet material for years. Through our Expert Installer scheme, we are familiar with virtually all the active UK and Ireland standing seam zinc roof installers and would be pleased to recommend a selection of expert installers for your project. Get in touch with our team today on 0208 810 0120.


Get in Early

Standing Seam installers are busier today than at any time in the past. It is not uncommon for many installers to be booked up to six months in advance. Engage in discussions in good time, allowing the scale plans, roof build-up and seam detailing to be revised. Once your plans have been sent to the metal roof installers, you should allow up to 2 weeks for a detailed quote to be received.


Need a metal roof installer immediately?

Don’t panic or make hasty decisions.  If you have chosen your GreenCoat PLX or a Zinc roof colour and finish and are ready to have your metal roof installed, then call the metal supplier.  Good suppliers are in touch with dozens of independent, competent installers daily. Large projects often get delayed meaning competent metal roof installers may be able available to slot in your project at short notice.


A standing seam metal roof is a great choice for any building, whether it be a refurbishment or new build.


Don’t hesitate to call The Metal Roof Company technical team if you have any queries about your choice of standing seam metal roof or Expert Installer:

0208 810 0120


© 2019 Swedish Metals UK Limited Trading as The Metal Roof Company

Standing Seam Metal Roofing and Zinc Cladding: a Growing Trend in the UK by Elliot McHugh

Zinc Roofing

The metal cladding used on Tin House, GreenCoat PLX BT, is becoming a design favourite with architects and self-builders alike, says The Metal Roof Company Director, Sean McHugh.

The zinc roofing and metal roofing market has rocketed in the past few years, particularly due to the increased usage of zinc, copper and coated steel products as standing seam metal roofing materials, with builders often taking inspiration from Scandinavian countries, where standing seam metal roofing has been used to clad houses for generations. Keeping your home dry is a basic — here are a few other considerations:

What is a standing seam metal roof?

It is simply the seam created when two sheets of metal are joined together. When laying a standing seam metal roof, the installer will put an upturn on each edge of the sheet metal. These will then be joined together in a ‘crimp’ or seaming action all the way up the roof or wall. This crimp gives the ‘standing seam’ appearance.

Do I need a warm or cold roof for my project?

Warm roofs that have the insulation on top of the rafters, with no airflow, tend to be suited to buildings where height and insulation build-up is a factor. Cold roofs, on the other hand, have insulation between the rafters and will have an airflow from eaves to ridge. Either will work with standing seam. On warm roofs, particularly Zinc roos, it is important to install a high-quality vapour barrier.

Can I install my GreenCoat PLX or Zinc roof myself?

As it’s a skilled job that requires specialist equipment, it’s best to use an approved metal roofing contractor when dealing with zinc, copper and steel roofing materials. GreenCoat PLX BT, supplied by The Metal Roof Company, is installed via a network of highly skilled installers working nationwide, virtually all of whom are members of the Federation of Tra­ditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC).

What are its Eco-credentials?

Consider the embedded energy of the chosen metal for your roof. i.e. all of the energy used in the material sourcing, production and transport. GreenCoat PLX has one of the best energy ratings of all metal roofing products. It’s manufactured from high-grade steel with a rapeseed oil-based coating and both are fully recyclable.

What lifespan can I expect from my Zinc or coated steel roof?

If installed correctly, most sheet metals will give a usable lifespan of 50+ years. There are countless zinc roofs that have been in use for over 100 years.  Ask about simple straightforward material guarantees such as those offered by Swedish Steel; expect these to last at least 25 years.

GreenCoat PLX and Zinc Roofing Options

Top: Tin House, West London from Henning Stummel Architects uses GreenCoat PLX in Brick Red RAL 8004.  Zinc cladding and Coated Steel roof trends for 2019 include colours in Anthracite Grey, Gold and copper-look colours in narrow panels or shingle tiles. Contact us: 0208 810 0120

Call us for GreenCoat PLX or zinc roof colour samples:

0208 810 0120

Top 10 Benefits of Using Lindab Gutters - The Metal Roof Company by Elliot McHugh

When it comes to choosing the ideal rainwater system, often homeowners, developers and architects are overwhelmed by the many types of drainage systems that crowd the market; from cracked drains, to leaking gutters, we’ve seen it all. Often plastic gutters are the systems of choice in the UK, but the temperamental weather systems leave these plastics vulnerable with heavy precipitation in winter months, as well as humid climates in summer months, causing them to waste away as years pass by. This effect is only exacerbated in rural and coastal areas, where oceanside currents mean that moisture build-up can happen faster, making mold and mildew more likely.

However, with the lindab rainline gutter system, water drainage and gutter installation has never been made easier. In this article, The Metal Roof Company outlines the top ten benefits of using Lindab gutter systems on your property or development.

1. Lindab Rainline gutters have a much longer lifespan

Many people ask: Why are lindab gutters considered the best gutter on the market? One of the best answers to that question is the fact that lindab gutters have many hard-wearing properties which ensure decades of performance, combining durability, flexibility and ease of installation. To provide long-term life, this steel is rustproofed by a 275g zinc coating. This galvanised coating is naturally self-healing, meaning any scratch or cut is sealed by zinc ions which migrate to re-coat the uncovered steel. Lindab Rainline is manufactured from up to 30% recycled material and is itself completely recyclable. The integrity of the system will last in excess of 70 years.

2. Lindab Rainline gutters are as strong as steel

Steel has proven itself as the ideal material of choice when it comes to gutters, particularly because of its resistance to the elements. Galvanised steel gutters will not crack in the heat due to steel’s extremely low thermal expansion. On the contrary, plastic gutters can easily crack or split with rapid thermal changes. Place your order for a lindab gutter with The Metal Roof Company today: 0208 810 0120

3. Cheaper than many other drainage systems

When compared with cast iron or aluminium, the Lindab Rainline system is actually inexpensive. Lindab steel guttering is cheaper, lighter and much easier to install. Not only this, steel also has a lifespan of up to 70 years, and installation and fitting is made simple and fast, with snap-on outlets, clip together pipe holders and adjustable smart brackets, giving you further savings on time and labour.

4. Eco-friendly

Lindab’s Rainline system is made from recyclable sheet steel; the main raw material is completely ‘green’ and has a natural place in today’s approach to sustainability. Lindab’s environmental work focuses on maximising the use of raw materials, components, energy, packaging and transport. Today, 90% of Lindab’s business is certified to ISO 14001. So when you choose Lindab gutters, you are choosing a rainwater system with the lowest environmental footprint on the market. Call The Metal Roof Company to place your order for a gutter today: 0208 810 0120 (please see our colour summary grid to explore available colours).

5. Leak-free Guttering

When it comes to guttering, nobody wants water leakage. Where plastic systems are used, often the weight of accumulated snow or moss puts stress on the guttering brackets and, as the pipes age, they move and crack, causing leakage and brickwork damage. Because plastic is UV unstable after a few years, it also quickly becomes unsightly and brittle. Lindab Rainline, on the other hand,can be purchased for a fraction of the price and offers minimal movement, as well as UV stability. It also will not crack, fade or leak, and is highly resistant to corrosion, virtually maintenance free and vandal-proof.

6. Coated-steel colours will never fade

Lindab’s coated-steel colours are UV stable and therefore will not fade. Lindab Rainline is made from galvanised steel sheeting and to provide durable rustproofing, it is coated with zinc. This self-healing system is available from The Metal Roof Company in ten distinct and subtle colours. Either discreetly to complement the overall colour scheme of the house, or boldly to create accents of colour. Matching the GreenCoat PLX roofing material with the Lindab Rainline gutter range can create a stunning finish: check out our copper house Scotland project which uses our copper metallic PLX (RAL 788) with matching copper metallic gutters (RAL 8003).

7. Easy Installation; just click, fit and forget

Each of the components required for Lindab Rainline fit together with ease; no sealants or glues are required. There are many different dimensions for lindab gutters and downpipes, all of which fit the different types of roof and building infrastructure. Every component in the lindab rainline gutter range is designed to ensure easy installation; everything clips together and mounts onto your building or development. No special skills or tools are required for installation.

8. Low Maintenance

The only maintenance required for a lindab gutter is a simple wipe or wash down to remove any twigs or tree leaves, allowing the gutter to retain its elegant appearance - that’s it!

9. Lowest CO² footprint compared to any other system

Steel has the lowest carbon footprint compared to any other rainwater material - lindab gutters have the greenest, ‘cradle-to-grave’ impact on our environment. Call The Metal Roof Company today to place your order! 0208 810 0120

10. Vandal resistant

The Lindab Rainline Guttering system is highly resistant to bumps and scratches - the lindab down-pipe fits closely to the wall and is tightly secured, making it virtually impossible to climb up or pull away from the wall that the gutter is mounted to.

So there we have it, the top ten amazing benefits of purchasing a lindab gutter. Want to find out more or place an order? Get in touch with one of The Metal Roof Company’s trusted representatives today: 0208 810 0120