Your roof is likely to make up around 25% of your home’s aesthetic however the ideal roof covering for your project is as heavily dependent on the pitch of your roof as your style aspirations and budget.
Affordability, durability, versatility, weather resistance and level of maintenance required are under constant scrutiny by architects. In the eternal struggle to balance aesthetics with functional design and with a plethora of choices on offer, there are several compelling reasons why Minus7 Tileplanks are getting so much affection from architects across the UK.
Minus7 Tileplanks provide an attractive and economic finish for all types of roof down to a 17.5º pitch. Available in a variety of colours, the Tileplanks are comprised of coated aluminium extrusions that match slate closely in both weight and appearance. With aluminium’s long history as a building material, its claims of longevity and sustainability are well substantiated.
Minus7 offer a fully detailed and lightweight roofing system. With premium material quality and a variety of colours on offer to match local environment, the system of interlocking panels enables faster installation with fewer fixings compared to traditional tile or slate roofing. Once installed, Minus7 Tileplanks provide a durable, weather-tight and low maintenance roof that will last in excess of 50 years
Features & Benefits
Minus7 has become so popular because it’s completely affordable, although investing in a Minus7 roof is typically a front-loaded expense. Architects understand that the ease of installation and associated reduced labour costs, durability and low maintenance cost of Minus7 Tileplanks mean incredible long term value, allowing Minus7 to stack up well against alternatives like copper and zinc. Bought as part of Minus7’s award-winning hybrid heating system, your roof can become an additional revenue stream, obtaining government subsidies whilst providing low running costs for heating and hot water. Landlords using Minus7 technology often charge for heat as part of rental agreements, creating additional revenue.
There’s no doubt that the popularity of Minus7 roofing among architects is at least partially due to how beautiful a well-designed Minus7 roof can look. Proven to add value to new-builds and retrofits and with a relatively wide range of finishes available, a Minus7 roof can be made to perfectly suit any building aesthetic and blend in with the local environment. The most popular look is matte black with those particular finishes offering a very modern look.
Minus7 Tileplanks are incredibly versatile – easy to cut into nearly any angle roof designs – from utilitarian designs to highly imaginative and creative ones. As a roofing material, Minus7 Tileplanks are a good option for pitches anywhere between 17.5º to 90º and Minus7 Tileplanks have also been used as wall cladding.
With such a huge range of potential forms, it’s easy to see why Minus7 Tileplanks have been used on unsung architectural gems across the UK. The aesthetics of the material ranges from the traditional, such as the angled design of the Victorian Schoolhouse above to the more contemporary new-build developments such as this award-winning installation in Poole below. Able to bridge multiple styles makes Minus7 a versatile choice. Without regard to aesthetic or style, the aluminium Tileplanks will not change in appearance over its lifespan and requires little maintenance.
For the sake of comparison, the lifespan of a steel roof in a rural area is about 25 years. The average life span of asphalt roofing materials is 17 to 25 years; Wood shingles and shakes are approximately 30 years. Keeping in mind, these are also peppered with routine maintenance and repair as the roof gradually succumbs to the elements, the comparative durability of Minus7 Tileplanks is clear. With those statistic in mind, most plastic and petroleum based products will need to be replaced four to five times before an owner would have to consider replacing a comparable low-slope Minus7 roof. With it’s impressive 35 year life spans to first maintenance, many roofing options cannot hold up to the staying power of Minus7’s 50 year + average lifespan.
Longevity is perhaps the most important characteristic for roofing materials, Powder-coated aluminium is fantastic at enduring the elements. It’s weatherproof, it naturally resists corrosion, it’s fire resistant, and it isn’t degraded by UV radiation. It’s less reactive to air and water than both iron and copper, which makes it an ideal choice on any structure, particularly in a region with significant quantities of rainfall or direct sunlight. That’s why as well as for roofs, Minus7 Tileplanks can be used as cladding.
Bespoke alloys improve the outstanding resistance to corrosion even further. This makes it possible to use Minus7 Tileplanks on a long-term basis without expensive servicing and maintenance work, even in extreme conditions. The incredible strength of the material makes it possible to create light yet exceptionally stable structures. Minus7 Tileplanks weigh less than concrete roof tiles – 17Kg/m2 or 28kg/ m2 flooded when bought as part of Minus7 hybrid low carbon heating system.
The anti-corrosive properties of Minus7 Tileplanks make them resistant to the growth of mould, mildew, and fungus. That means there is virtually no maintenance involved with maintaining a Minus7 roof.
Aluminium is the third most abundant metal in the earth’s crust and at the present rate of usage (not taking into account the fact that more than 96% of aluminium is recycled at the end of product life), the supplies of aluminium currently known will last for several hundred years.
When rainwater runs off copper and lead, pollutants run down to the ground. At a high enough concentration this can adversely affect wildlife. Minus7 Tileplanks do not corrode in the same way as copper and lead so this is a roof that will not affect the environment during its lifetime.
Aluminium roof and facade components can usually be recycled in a single process and 95% of energy can be saved when recycling aluminium compared to primary production.
Combining a high recycle rate with a low maintenance rate and a long life cycle equating into lower costs is a win-win-win for both architect and owner. This product will not end up in landfills or polluting the countryside once it reaches the end of its useful life. This makes Minus7 Tileplanks the natural selection for future-proofing any building project.
Combined, all of these benefits mean that Minus7 is a fantastic choice for roofing from a design, installation, maintenance and environmental point of view. If your property is in need of a new roof we recommend Minus7 Tileplanks.
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