Cladding – Professional Team Covering the UK
Commercial Cladding contracts
Midwest Roofing team is fully experienced working for the commercial sector, North, East, South or West our teams operate throughout the UK on industrial, commercial, public sector, hotels, retail and refurbishment cladding projects… transforming the look of existing buildings and improving energy efficiency. Look no further for: knowledgeable, time served cladding teams with IPAF, CSCS cards, Telescopic forklift licences and SSSTS certified, the Midwest Roofing team have our own slinger, banksman, telehandler, our team install built up systems and a number of recognised cladding systems: Composite, Rainscreen, Zip, Trespa cladding systems. Supply and fit? or labour only? either way our teams take pride in their workmanship, always achieving a high standard of finish for each project.
Rainscreen Walling Systems
- Traditional Cassette panels
- Trespa Cladding
- Fibre cement and Rock board cladding
- Teracotta Tile
- Ceramic Tile
- Granite Tile
- Stone Tile
- Stainless steel and powder coated mesh and perforated panels
Overcladding to Existing Roofs
Considering a roof replacement? the prospect of disruption, inconvenience and loss of revenue could be quite daunting. There does come a time however, when repeated on-going maintenance is no longer a cost effective option, and replacement is the only long term solution.
A very successful method of roof replacement, is to over clad the existing roof using the latest roof sheeting materials.
- No disruption below as existing roof is retained in place
- No loss of revenue due to closure of building
- Upgrade thermal performance of building by introducing insulation between the old and new roofs
- Improve natural daylight by introducing translucent roof panels
Strip and Re-Clad
Overcladding of existing buildings is a cost effective form of re-roofing commercial and industrial properties, strip and re-clad is most suitable option to consider when planning a major refurbishment project. Many of our clients preferences is to remove the asbestos cement materials from their buildings, prior to re-roofing taking place.
Steel: This is usually supplied hot-dip galvanised (typically with zinc or a zinc-aluminium alloy) to provide a robust finish. It’s available in a huge range of colours and effects, from high-gloss reflective surfaces to pretty much any factory-painted hue.
Steel is probably the most affordable metal cladding in terms of upfront costs and offers a good life expectancy of 35+ years, but it’s not quite as durable as the other metals.
Aluminium: Steel’s main rival is an extremely lightweight material, which can help to minimise loads on the building and potentially reduce your outlay on foundations. As aluminium’s surface oxidises it produces a hard, dense protective layer that prevents corrosion, giving this cladding a lifespan of 40 years or more. Coatings can be added to further enhance its natural qualities or to achieve the colour and finish you desire.
Zinc: Boasting a silvery aesthetic when freshly installed, which weathers to an attractive lead-like hue over time if left untreated, zinc is a highly durable surface. It can easily achieve well over 50 years of service thanks to the protective patina it cultivates. As well as its natural greyish hue, it’s also available in a pre-weathered black finish.
Copper: This elegant metal is prized for its ability to develop a self-protecting and virtually maintenance-free verdigris patina that ensures a long lifespan of 100 years or more. If left to age, copper will mellow from bright golden-bronze tones through dark browns to a characteristic blue-green finish. New products include mesh-style claddings with colour-preserving coatings that can create a highly individual look.
While corrugated sheeting remains a popular finish for barns and industrial-style projects, there’s a variety of metal cladding systems available to suit different schemes – ranging from surfacing new buildings to providing a quick, aesthetically-pleasing upgrade to existing structures.
Whichever option you choose, fitting metal cladding is a job for a specialist contractor. Midwest Roofing team pays close attention to elements such as air tightness liners and membranes, lapping joints and flashings to ensure an efficient, easy-to-maintain weatherproof covering. Here are the key routes:
Built-up sheeting: As the name suggests, this type of cladding is assembled on site. It usually consists of four key components: a thin internal liner that ensures air tightness; insulation (usually mineral wool); spacer bars/brackets to support the finish; and the outer facing sheet, which provides weather protection.
The main variation to this comes with the use of structural trays, which double up as liner and fixing point and cope well with long spans. Either way, the external finish is profiled, making it suitable for both traditional and contemporary projects.
Good workmanship is key to the success of this system, both in terms of performance and aesthetics. Sheets can be fitted in vertical, horizontal or diagonal patterns – and are usually held in place with self-tapping fixings that are designed to match your chosen finish.
Curved versions are available, but they’re extremely rigid and unforgiving so require excellent attention to detail during installation.
Composites: These prefabricated cladding elements are delivered to site as complete panels, which makes them quick and easy to install for the Midwest Roofing team. They feature an insulating foam core, usually of high-quality polyisocyanurate (PIR), which bonds adhesively to the inner and outer skins.
Choose between profiled or flat facings in a huge range of colours and coatings, with the panels either screwed into place or secret fixed for a seamless appearance.
Cassettes: Similar to composites, these factory-produced cladding panels include insulation and liners out of the box. The key difference is that they’re designed with easy-to-use interlocking jointing systems for ultra-quick installation.
Standing seam: With this system, there are no exposed mechanical fasteners between adjacent metal sheets. Instead, a special weather tight clipped joint is used, creating a distinctive projecting seam – which can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal. This type of cladding can be supplied either as pre-insulated panels or as sheets of material that are formed and crimped on site, and applied to plywood or a similar substrate.
The advantage of the latter method is that it allows for huge freedom of expression in design – including elegant curves and features such as unbroken finishes across walls and roofs. But do bear in mind that it requires a much greater degree of workmanship on site.
Rainscreen: Metal cladding can also be specified in rainscreen format, where the outer face is lightweight and non-load-bearing. It’s attached to an insulated, airtight backing but separated from this principal structure by a ventilated cavity that allows moisture to drain away harmlessly.
Rainscreen cladding minimises the risk of condensation, which makes it an attractive option for upgrading existing structures, and also allows for plenty of design flexibility.
Maintenance: In general, metal claddings are easy to keep in top condition – in fact, some products come with 20+ year maintenance-free warranties thanks to their advanced coatings. Good detailed design can help, too – ask your architect to try to minimise common areas of debris build up, such as beneath overhangs and gutters where the cladding won’t be naturally washed by rainfall.
Light colours can be a good choice, too, as they reflect heat and thus help to reduce degradation of coatings.
It’s a good idea to inspect the surface annually. If dirt does build up, follow the Midwest Roofing cleaning instructions. Typically, all that’s required is to wash the surface with a hose and soft cloth before rinsing away the loosened dirt.
For heavier deposits, a very weak solution of good-quality household detergent may be appropriate. Most scratches will simply form part of the patina, but deep abrasions can be treated with touch-up paints.
Costs: As the price of metal fluctuates significantly, it’s difficult to give hard-and-fast prices. On top of that, your choice of a sheet, panelised or standing seam system will have an influence on the final figure. But in general you can expect to pay at least £75 per m2 for steel and aluminium claddings (includes gutters & installation) and significantly more for high-spec metals.
Our maintenance and repairs team are kept busy servicing our commercial landlords, the teams clean out the gutters and valleys, take pictures before and after, report any visible repairs which need addressing.
Gutters that haven’t been cleaned tend to be full of debris. This debris causes water to back up and flow over the edge of the gutter causing damage below. The small investment to clean your gutters twice a year will save you hundreds or thousands over the long term. Midwest Roofing makes the Gutter cleaning process simple.
Midwest Roofing has undertaken various jobs for clients who manage commercial properties throughout the UK, Shopping centres, Schools, Hospitals, Court houses, High rise buildings.
Our teams enjoy immediate, emergency jobs, whatever the problem, we will be there to help. Midwest Roofing understand how important your roof is and will do all we can to get to you and fix your roofing problems as quickly as possible.
Midwest Roofing understands that sometimes roof damage is not caused over time, our team can be onsite and endeavour to fix your roofing problems in as little time possible.
Midwest Roofing undertakes contracts from building contractors in the public, commercial and domestic sectors, all our work is guaranteed. Please feel free to get in touch with one of the Midwest Roofing team for all roofing requirements.
Midwest Roofing.co.uk, providing roofing services for domestic and commercial customers throughout the West Midlands:
Aldridge – Bilston – Birmingham – Bloxwich – Brierley Hill – Brownhills – Coventry – Dudley – Halesowen – Oldbury – Rowley Regis – Smethwick – Solihull – Stourbridge – Sutton Coldfield – Tipton – Walsall – Wednesfield – Wednesbury – West Bromwich – Willenhall – Wolverhampton