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Article Date: 30th August 2019

SIG Design & Technology - Flat Ventilated Zinc Ridge Detail

Ventilated Zinc Ridge - Eaves Box Gutter - Zinc Roof

SIG - Blunham House

SIG Design & Technology recently published an article about the hidden eaves box gutter on the The Red Zinc Clad House at Blunham, Bedfordshire case study. This time we’re looking at the flat ventilated zinc ridge detail which was used. This article is about ventilated zinc ridge details, what makes this one special and what to bear in mind, together with elzinc’s details in 2D, 3D and interactive 3D format for you to use in your projects.

When to use a flat ventilated zinc ridge detail
When you’re designing a double pitch standing seam zinc roof, you’ll need to consider the ridge carefully. If the roof is to be ventilated, a ventilation air gap (normally of minimum 50mm if in linear form) will need to be provided at the ridge and eaves.

Ventilated zinc ridge designs are traditionally rather lumpy affairs, with a tall cowling across the top, making the roof stop abruptly rather than allow the surface to flow naturally over the top and down the other side. If you want a flatter, smoother effect, a different detail is necessary.

In the Red Zinc Clad house at Blunham, the client and architect wanted the whole zinc roof and walls to seem like one seamless whole, hence the use of a hidden box gutter detail and this flat ventilated ridge.

Richard Lavers of RFL Metal Roofing installed the Zinc on the house at Blunham. He’s familiar with other solutions for flat ventilated ridges but found that he wasn’t happy that the ventilation gap (provided with a foam gasket in that case) was reliable. This detail by elZinc is in his opinion is superior, providing a better air flow.

What to consider when designing a ventilated ridge in zinc

  • Choose the roof build up which will suit your design, the constraints and the site conditions.
  • Decide on the profile you want to achieve – are you looking for a flat ridge or something more articulated?
  • Pick the appropriate detail from the range of approved details available.

elZinc have fourteen different ridge configurations available including eleven ventilated options which should satisfy the most demanding client and give you peace of mind.

Remember that SIG Zinc & Copper provide a free specification service, free detailing and support for your metals project. Just get in touch for advice and we’ll do the heavy lifting.

Flat ventilated ridge detail
The detail adapted for the house at Blunham is shown here, which allows for a clean joint between ventilated hip and ventilated ridge.

In the version at Blunham a 1mm formed galvanised steel clip sits on the ridgeline every 400mm, above the rafters, and is screwed into the substrate. A continuous folded galvanised profile gives full cover of the roof sheet on either side, and then the elZinc ridge cap locks everything into place with a continuous airgap. Under the ridgeline the roof covering has a 65mm upstand and a 20mm turnout at the top, which stops any driving rain. The result is a neat, low finish without any compromise on ventilation.

More zinc ridge details

Our friends at elZinc have published fourteen zinc ridge details:

  • Ventilated ridge (traditional)
  • Semi-flat ventilated ridge
  • Square ventilated ridge
  • Square ventilated ridge (variation)
  • Flat ventilated ridge
  • Overlapped ventilated ridge
  • Ventilated semi-hidden ridge
  • Square batten ridge
  • Tapered batten hip
  • Tee seam ridge
  • Standing seam ridge
  • Vented mono pitch ridge
  • Vented mono pitch ridge (with zinc fascia)
  • Vented mono pitch ridge (with zinc flat lock fascia)

These are just some of the comprehensive set of 550 architectural details for zinc roofing and cladding you can now download from their website. You can also view some of the details in interactive 3D format.

Zinc Roofing and Cladding Details are available:

  1. Shown over two different substrates, for example softwood board and OSB/plywood. Some composite boards have adhesives which may be corrosive to zinc, so which board you use will affect the detail and the build-up;
  2. In PDF and DWG format, with a plot styles file to ensure correct detail reproduction;
  3. With notes showing the limits of application and alternatives, and
  4. With links to similar details to assist in detail choices
  5. As interactive 3D Renders to help you describe the detail to your clients.

SIG Zinc & Copper provide a free specification service, free detailing and support for your metals project. Contact us for specific advice and support on the right products, installation and technical matters. You can find the ideal metal for your product with our unique product finder.

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