Pushing the Boundaries

Catnic technical director Richard Price discusses how pre-coated metal standing-seam roofing and cladding systems can extend the design possibilities of new and retrofit projects

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Providing a cost-effective alternative to copper and zinc, pre-coated metal standing-seam systems can accommodate pitched roofs as low as five-degrees in both residential and commercial applications. This gives architects greater design freedom and can significantly reduce the overall height of a building project – an important factor with regards to planning restrictions.


Roof pitches of just five degrees can also significantly improve headroom in loft conversion schemes. Compared with a standard 40-degree pitch, the headroom using a standing-seam system can increase by almost 44 per cent, allowing room-in-roof construction to become a viable option. Furthermore, standing-seam systems lend themselves to both mono-pitch and duo-pitch solutions, providing a high degree of design flexibility.

The majority of standing-seam systems incorporate an array of accessories designed to cater for a wide range of scenarios. Soffits, gutters, fascias and even photovoltaic fixing brackets can be included without compromising the integrity of the panels. This ensures that the finished product has both the aesthetic and performance capabilities required.


Pre-coated metal standing-seam systems can provide material and component consistency to the overall building design, ensuring easy and efficient onsite installation. Their lightweight properties make handling easier, while pre-punched fixing holes and a range of standard trims mean the installation of products, such as Catnic’s SSR² Roofing and Cladding system, is both fast and effective. Added to this, pre-coated metal standing-seam systems do not require on-site roll forming or seaming, ensuring consistent workmanship.


Lightweight pre-coated standing-seam systems also lend themselves to retrofit applications, including the modernisation of traditional buildings. Manufactured from Tata Steel’s Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® pre-finished steel, Catnic’s robust, BBA-approved SSR² system is increasingly being specified for domestic extensions, where it can provide a clean and contemporary aesthetic. Designed in conjunction with leading architects, and suitable for both horizontal and vertical cladding applications, the roofing and cladding panels come in a range of colours. Sympathetic to the urban landscape, the matt tones can be integrated seamlessly with glass, brick, wood, stone and rendered facades.


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To find out more about the SSR² Roofing and Cladding System, and what it could bring to your next project, please visit the Catnic website


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