Zinc qualities

 

VMZINC offers distinctive and original surface aspects. This warm, luminous, highly expressive material responds freely to the play of light, its colours shifting to reflect the changing hues of the sky.

Because of its mechanical and aesthetic flexibility it lends itself to the creation of an often original, sometimes unexpected, but always happy marriage with other materials: wood, brick, cement, glass, etc.

 

Architects have unlimited creativity which can be perfectly expressed with VMZINC. The material can therefore adopt any shape. It can be bent to fit curves with low radiuses and form complex shapes which are difficult to realise with other materials.

 

Zinc protects itself against outdoor corrosion by developing a patina that gives it an exceptional long life span (60 years in an aggressive environment up to more than 100 years in a milder environment). Zinc continues to develop protective layer throughout its life and will self-repair imperfections and scratches.

 

Zinc can be laid on slopes from 5%, to vertical. It allows a varied range of construction layouts and the management of complex details that are impossible to realize with other materials. It adapts to local professional particularities, to regulation or comfort requirements specific to each building.

Acoustics properties of VMZINC

The traditional VMZINC systems provide highly efficient soundproofing against airborne noise (road traffic, airplanes, etc.). Their acoustic performance is further enhanced by the increased thickness of thermal insulation due to stricter regulations for the thermal insulation of building envelopes. Zinc also has a better acoustic performance with impact noises such as rain than the more rigid alloys (aluminium, stainless steel, etc.).

 

A natural primary material, zinc can be recycled indefinitely. In Europe, more than 95 % of old rolled zinc is recycled. The success of rolled zinc recycling is due to a very well organized recycling market. The main users for old rolled zinc products are secondary zinc refiners, brass and oxide producers.