What’s an Alternative to Zinc Roofing?

18 March 2022
by Karen Humphreys

Dear Sirs

My builder has quoted £15,336 to supply and fit a zinc roof finishes for the flat roof on the small bungalow he is building for me. Zinc was recommended by my architect, but as I need to reduce my budget, the builder has suggested we find an alternative.

I had a look on the internet and can see that steel or aluminium is cheaper and that aluminium comes in a range of colours. Whatever material we choose, the roof needs to be finished in olive green, as agreed with the council in the planning permission. I also came across a product called Greencoat PLX which is a coated steel that's popular across Scandinavia.

Do you have any idea who could supply aluminium or steel and which might be better? Or whether Greencoat PLX is a good product?

Thank you,
Karen Humphreys

2 Answers

  1. Anamika Talwaria says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you for your question. I will pass your query on to our expert team. In the meantime, there are a few articles we’ve written that you may find useful to help point you in the right direction:

    This one specifically covers flat roof design: https://www.self-build.co.uk/how-to-design-a-flat-roof-for-your-home/

    This one on modern roofing materials may help: https://www.self-build.co.uk/guide-to-modern-roofing-materials/

    This one is about cladding but breaks down the different metal options: https://www.self-build.co.uk/metal-cladding-options-explained/

    You can find a wealth of roofing specialists on our company directory: https://www.self-build.co.uk/directory/

    Best wishes,
    Anamika Talwaria (features editor, Build It)

  2. Imran Haq says:


    You can try a product from Tata Steel called Colorcoat Urban, which comes in a Green colour

    Its a much cheaper alternative to zinc. Use one of their approved installers

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