Green Roofs are becoming an increasingly attractive option to developers and architects who not only require a highly effective, thermally efficient roofing system, but also wish to minimise the visual impact of their structures on the surrounding environment. Green roofs can be complicated comprising many elements, some even with built-in hydroponic irrigation systems but with careful design and installation, can offer excellent weathering characteristics and of course, look stunning when the seed mat has matured.
As architects and developers increasingly favour a more organic appearance to their cladding design, timber offers a versatile and cost-effective method of providing a striking, naturally cladded façade. Timber cladding is suitable for covering large elevations, or providing isolated, detailing features. Special attention must be given to both the species of timber used and also the orientation of grain patterns, as these can have a marked effect on the end appearance of the system.
Rainscreen façade systems are an excellent choice of construction for those who wish to benefit from the speed and cost-effectiveness of traditional cladding, but also require a more refined appearance to their project. Rainscreen systems are available in a range of materials including aluminium and natural stone, and when used judiciously, can enhance the appearance of the structure tremendously.
Advances in polymer technology have now rendered traditional mineral felt roofs all but obsolete, with fully sealed, high performance membrane systems now being the preferred industry standard. These reliable, versatile roofs are perfect in industrial settings where many penetrations for services and plant may be required through the weather envelope, but where weather-tightness is of paramount importance.
Composite Roofing and Cladding
Composite panel systems have been the mainstay of the roofing and cladding industry for a quarter of a century, and with only a few minor refinements in those years, still remain the most popular method of cladding many categories of buildings. Clients can benefit from a vast range of colours, finishes and profiles to suit most any situation, from industrial estates to high sensitivity conservation areas.
Sandwich Construction 'Standing Seam'
Whilst not as prevalent as once was, sandwich construction metal cladding certainly still occupies an important niche within the industry. When acoustic or thermal factors are at the forefront of design consideration or where roof design is restricted to very low pitches, sandwich construction roofs still stand unchallenged for their flexibility. Modern systems may typically comprise of six or more independent material layers within the construction, all specified to precisely meet the requirements of the design.