HL Metals is a family run business with extensive experience in traditional fully supported metal roofing and cladding. Whatever challenges your residential project presents our expert team are fully equipped to help you through it. 

Traditional metal roofs are rapidly growing in popularity. Although slightly more expensive than other forms of roofing, traditional metal roofing can last centuries and drastically reduce maintenance costs. The metal is light weight and environmentally friendly. Furthermore, the end result has the ability to give a sleek, modern look, making every property unique, whilst being able to blend in with the surroundings or stand out depending on your choice of metal and design.

Whether you are already familiar with traditional metal roofing and cladding, or not, we carry out the whole process from design through construction to completion, keeping you involved through each step. We have extensive experience working with other teams making the process as seamless as possible. We encourage a friendly professional relationship with our customers and we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Have a look our contact page to get in touch.

Metal Types

  • Zinc Open or Close

    Lifespan: 150 years

    Colour: Natural, Light Grey, Dark Grey, Near Black, Red, Blue, Green, Brown


    Zinc is highly durable due to the patina (protective layer) that forms on its surface. This patina forms naturally when zinc is in the presence of water and carbon dioxide and is responsible for the high corrosion resistance of zinc.

    Zinc is non-toxic, has an incredibly high recycle rate of 90 to 100 percent, and uses less energy in its production than other building metals. It can be used in a marine environment and only requires minor maintenance over its lifetime.

    In contrast to many other building materials, few people associate zinc to anything specific. In this respect it is neutral. Zinc also makes a statement, though in a more abstract fashion and is associated with quality. In its interrelation with forms and other materials, zinc radiates soberness, coolness and modernity, and also, perhaps because it has been used for so long, an aura of classicism.

  • Copper Open or Close

    Lifespan: 150 years

    Colour: Copper gradually evolves from a plain red through darker tones of brown until it reaches its final bright patina green.


    Copper is lightweight and flexible while also being durable. It is very weather resistant due to the patina formed when it reacts with oxygen and does not rust. It is completely free from underside erosion and there is no impairment of malleability at low temperatures. Additionally, due to its high melting point it is extremely fire resistant. It is recyclable and is very economical with no maintenance costs required - rain is all the care it needs. 

    Undoubtedly, the greatest appeal of copper roofing is its beauty. It has good formability even in the most intricate work and the striking classic colour is famous in prestigious architecture around the world.

  • Stainless Steel Open or Close

    Lifespan: 150 years

    Colour: A range from bright silver to non-reflective mid grey


    Stainless steel boasts a great range of properties that make it ideal for roofing. It is lightweight, fire resistant, requires minimum maintenance and can be used on flat, pitched and curved roofs. It is up to 100 percent recyclable and can be applied over existing asphalt, preventing the asphalt from going to landfill. It also does not affect rainwater running off the roof. 

    Varying grades of stainless steel are available depending upon the environment in which they are to be used. Terne coated stainless steel is a sheet of marine grade stainless steel electroplated with tin on both sides. Upon exposure, the coating oxidises to a non-reflective mid grey akin to patinated lead. Many distinguished residencies and public buildings were roofed with terne coated steel because of its reputation for durability. One such residence is the John Pierpont residence in New Haven, Connecticut. Its original roof is still serving its function after 235 years. A stainless appearance can also be achieved by surface engraving which diffuses light from all directions. Unlike terne coated steel, engraved stainless steel does not weather or acquire a patina.

    Whether in its true form or terne coated, stainless steel creates an elegant statement, a famous example being the Chrysler Building in New York, which beautifully encompasses all the glamour of the 1920's. With stainless steel, full rein can be given to the imagination.

  • Aluminium Open or Close

    Lifespan: 50 years

    Colour: From shining bright colours to discreet traditional tones, the broad range of colours has something to satisfy everyone.


    Aluminium is strong, permanently resistant to corrosion when painted, and extremely durable. It is flexible and lightweight making it easy to install. Aluminium is widely recycled, non-toxic, and rainwater is unaffected.

    Colour is particularly important to create an aesthetic effect. Paints are applied in two to four layers (depending on the colour) using the continuous coil-coating process and are then stove enamelled. The result is a high quality surface with excellent colour consistency and retention. The pitch-related patination can vary between five months and five years, depending on climate conditions, especially in curtain wall applications although pre-weathered finishes are now available. 

    Aluminium opens up a broad spectrum of individualised options to architects, planners and clients looking for creative roofing and wall designs.

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