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Traditional flat lock roofing panels were first used in the early part of the 19th Century in Europe. Originally, these panels were manufactured in natural zinc or copper and were popular for complex roofs such as those of clock towers, areas around dormers and mansard roofs.

Today, this traditional product has not been surpassed with modern technology and its benefits are still sought after. The difference today though, is the way they are manufactured and their rising use for different applications, which range from roofs to interior areas.

Traditional flat lock roofing panels were first used in the early part of the 19th Century in Europe. Originally, these panels were manufactured in natural zinc or copper and were popular for complex roofs such as those of clock towers, areas around dormers and mansard roofs.

Today, this traditional product has not been surpassed with modern technology and its benefits are still sought after. The difference today though, is the way they are manufactured and their rising use for different applications, which range from roofs to interior areas.

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“Flatlock roofing panels are being specified a lot because of the even gridded pattern that can be created on cladding and roofs,” The Architectural Roofing Company’s Johan Vogl says. “It’s a unique and elegant aesthetic that can’t be created with any other products.”

The Architectural Roofing Company manufactures flat lock roofing panels at its Christchurch factory, with the majority of the panels they develop made bespoke for individual projects. “The flexibility in dimensions and design allows the designer to adapt the product to a specific project, which makes it an excellent choice for complex designs in particular,” Johan says.

“While there are many pre-manufactured panels available, the custom panels designed specifically for a project is where the system really comes into its own.”

 

“Flatlock roofing panels are being specified a lot because of the even gridded pattern that can be created on cladding and roofs,” The Architectural Roofing Company’s Johan Vogl says. “It’s a unique and elegant aesthetic that can’t be created with any other products.”

The Architectural Roofing Company manufactures flat lock roofing panels at its Christchurch factory, with the majority of the panels they develop made bespoke for individual projects. “The flexibility in dimensions and design allows the designer to adapt the product to a specific project, which makes it an excellent choice for complex designs in particular,” Johan says.

“While there are many pre-manufactured panels available, the custom panels designed specifically for a project is where the system really comes into its own.”

 

Flat lock panels are suitable for roofs with a minimum pitch of 25 degrees and range in size and shape. Pre-manufactured panels are available in shapes including diamond, trapezoidal and rectangular and sizes from 200x150mm to 3000 x 375mm.

“It’s this diversity of shape and size and the finished grid-like flat effect that makes the panels so popular for all sorts of applications from roofing to interior features. What attracts architects and designers primarily though, is the range of material choices combined with the options in panel format and size.”

The flat lock panels can be manufactured in everything from economical pre-painted aluminium through to natural products including copper and natural zinc. “High-end pre-weathered copper and zinc is also popular in the flat lock panels,” Johan says. “There are almost endless possibilities in regards to the aesthetic they want to create.”

Flat lock panels are suitable for roofs with a minimum pitch of 25 degrees and range in size and shape. Pre-manufactured panels are available in shapes including diamond, trapezoidal and rectangular and sizes from 200x150mm to 3000 x 375mm.

“It’s this diversity of shape and size and the finished grid-like flat effect that makes the panels so popular for all sorts of applications from roofing to interior features. What attracts architects and designers primarily though, is the range of material choices combined with the options in panel format and size.”

The flat lock panels can be manufactured in everything from economical pre-painted aluminium through to natural products including copper and natural zinc. “High-end pre-weathered copper and zinc is also popular in the flat lock panels,” Johan says. “There are almost endless possibilities in regards to the aesthetic they want to create.”

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Flat lock panels are fixed to solid sarking with hidden brackets, which helps to avoid expansion and contraction problems. “Our manufacturing process is a blend between modern CNC technologies and traditional craftsmanship in our Christchurch workshop. Because we also install the product, we are able to create a smooth experience from start to finish.”

The Architectural Roofing Company specialises in bringing creative designs to life to enhance the aesthetic of buildings. Visit them on ArchiPro here to see what’s possible with this contemporary yet traditional roofing material.

Flat lock panels are fixed to solid sarking with hidden brackets, which helps to avoid expansion and contraction problems. “Our manufacturing process is a blend between modern CNC technologies and traditional craftsmanship in our Christchurch workshop. Because we also install the product, we are able to create a smooth experience from start to finish.”

The Architectural Roofing Company specialises in bringing creative designs to life to enhance the aesthetic of buildings. Visit them on ArchiPro here to see what’s possible with this contemporary yet traditional roofing material.

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