The material offered by Rheinzink enables it to provide metal facade and exterior wall cladding systems that exhibit the charm, diversity, flexibility and eco-friendliness that modern architects treasure so much in expressing their individual creativity.
In upholding its reputation as a leading company in the realm of high-quality products for the construction industry, Stephen Wilkinson, managing director of Rheinzink South Africa, says: “We provide a comprehensive range of roof and facade systems that facilitate both traditional and individual solutions for every taste and style, distinguished by the modern look and aesthetics that Rheinzink is known for.”
Rheinzink is available in three surface finishes: Rheinzink prePatina bright-rolled develops a classic blue-grey appearance due to the patina that forms in the course of natural weathering. Meanwhile, Rheinzink prePatina blue-grey and Rheinzink prePatina graphite-grey are provided with the lasting elegant appearance of a finished zinc patina.
Metal facade systems and external wall cladding
By creating weatherproof and durable building envelopes, the use of metal facade systems and external wall cladding are of increasing importance to the construction sector, particularly where individualised design is a prerequisite.
The metal facade with its wide range of options is an exemplary means of expression used extensively throughout the world, and in this context Rheinzink is constantly developing and redesigning many types of facade systems and manual cladding techniques.
Currently the Rheinzink sales programme includes more than ten different systems for facades and external walls alone. In particular, this involves modern facade versions such as corrugated and trapezoidal profiles as well as reveal, shiplap and horizontal panels. In addition, there are small and large format tiles, angled standing seams, roll caps and various special seam forms, still so popular in modern buildings. Thus it can be seen that Rheinzink facade systems can be used for virtually any construction need, allowing all design preferences to be satisfied. The material and resulting systems meet all the modern requirements for environmental sustainability, safety, product quality and reusability.
Roofing, Parapet Capping’s, Flashing and Roof Drainage
The Rheinzink Roofing systems, include the popular double standing seamed roof, as well as the traditional Corrugated Victorian profile, which is so often used in South Africa. Roof drainage in the form of gutters and downpipes with all accessories, Parapet Capping’s and Flashings are all part of the product range systems, that Rheinzink (South Africa) markets and sells.
Paying respect to climate change
The ever-increasing concern on environmental matters, and climate change in particular, means that sustainable construction is gaining importance, and rightly so, as the industry is responsible for about 20% of the CO2 emissions in the field of construction.
The use of the ecological material zinc also becomes more important in this respect. It is gained from zinc ore through the use of energy in an electrolysis technique. The known resources today amount to 3 400-million tonnes, which can provide zinc stock for a period of roughly 700 years without taking recycling into account.
In addition, refined zinc is also the source material for the high-quality Rheinzink alloy. In melting, casting or rolling Rheinzink, comparatively little energy is needed due to zinc’s low melting point. The result is that the name Rheinzink stands for the most economical primary energy concentration in the field of construction metals.
Rheinzink is also one of the leaders in the field of climate protection. Based on a square metre of Rheinzink-standing seam, the primary energy concentration compared to other roofing and cladding materials is three to eight times less. This is another aspect that – even when using a completely independent design – turns this natural material into a real alternative for sustainable construction.
The economical Rheinzink energy balance is also maintained within the material cycle after usage. In order to convert zinc scrap back into refined zinc, only 5% of the energy needed to manufacture refined zinc will be needed.