There are so many important functions for a roof. Though its primary purposes may be to shed water and protect us from the elements, a well thought-out roof does so much more. It can tether us to the landscape or reach for the sky. And the best roofs can do both at the same time.
The options for roof design aren’t limited to the two most prevalent ones: pitched (gable, hip) or flat. Other shapes and expressions are possible, and when done creatively the roof can be the most striking aspect of a house’s exterior. In certain applications the roofline can be a quite dominant feature, it is important that the choice of finish does not overshadow the aesthetic of the entire building.
Metal roofing has a vast array of colours and profiles available, giving building designers and owners more creative licence to come up with something that has a unique presence. Additionally metal roofs can be used on low-pitched roofs, where tile or shingles would not be appropriate.
The practical advantages of selecting a metal roof are that it makes your home safer in harsh weather and can significantly cut down on your energy bills. Metal Roofing also lends itself well to rain water harvesting. With its smooth clean surface, less filtering is required of water from a metal roof, compared to asphalt shingles which shed small particles, and possibly other chemicals.”
Curved Panel Metal Roofing
Designer Panel Systems inspired curved roofing panels offer a modern, sleek and stylish roofline. The malleability of VM ZINC and Copper allow roof panels to be curved, rolled and bent in such a way that it allows for tight curved surfaces, domes, and gently tapered sections. Curved roofs most commonly take advantage of the flexibility of metal roofing materials all of which are pre curved in a factory environment to allow for quick and easy installation.
There are many different reasons that people opt for curved roofing. The most obvious reason is for their aesthetic appeal – curved lines on the roof of a home allow for a more organic design. Curved roofs can also be used as an alternative to a flat roof or a skillion roof. The floor space beneath a curved roof can be made much larger than the floor space below other roof types. This is because the curve in the roof adds additional structural support, allowing the roof to be heavier and larger while remaining intact. It is an ideal roof structure for office buildings and public buildings, such as libraries, theatres and recreation centres, where large groups of people need to meet in an unobstructed area.
Also referred to as a “shell roof” this style can offer an interesting at provocative appeal which influences the tone of the project. The Sydney Opera House is a famous example of a building with a shell roof. Additionally, because their design directs water, snow and debris off the edge of the roof — much in the same way that a pitched roof does — a shell roof rarely leaks. In addition, a curved roof may also help to reduce resistance to wind.