Alan Boyle

"Deciding whether a Zinc Roof is right for your home and choosing the right company can be a challenge."

Do you feel that your extension roof is dated and needs replacing?

Have you inherited an unattractive extension roof when you purchased your home? Has your extension roof become old and dated because the materials used were poor quality? Are you considering installing a new roof to ensure that your home is attractive and appealing to yourself and prospective buyers in the future?

Are you tired of your poorly built extension roof that needs constant repair?

Are you spending €2,000-€4,000 every couple of years to repair your extension roof? Are you fed up of wondering when your extension roof will start leaking again? Are you considering installing a new roof to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home?

Choosing the right material and the right installer can be a challenge.

If you are investing in a new roof you need to be sure that the material that you select fits the vision you have for your home. Then you need to be confident that your selected installer will build you an attractive roof that will last ten times longer than the standard extension roof.

Are you considering a Zinc Roof versus other materials but are not sure of the best option for you?

Guidance in selecting the right material in a roof that will last decades

Zinc

100+ year lifespan
Zinc has a natural look that blends in with any home
Weather patination makes it look better over time.
Most environmental friendly of all roofing materials
Will not require repairs if correctly installed and maintained

Bitumen Felt

Short 20 year lifespan.

Not an attractive feature for your home.

Prone to cracking and leaking and staining.

Does not recycle.

PVC Felt

Short 15 year lifespan.

Looks manufactured.

Very difficult to find and fix leaks.

Will go to landfill when removed.

Fibre Glass

20-30 year lifespan.

Unattractive even when new.

Prone to cracking leading to leaks and discolouration.

Does not recycle.

Slate

30-40 year lifespan.

Prone to cracking and wind damage leading to leaks.

Will often need repairs.

Ash Felt

Short 20 year lifespan.

Not an attractive feature for your home.

Prone to cracking and leaking and staining.

Does not recycle.

Tiles

30-40 year lifespan.

Easily cracked and requiring replacement.

Prone to leaks around window flashings.

4 reasons why Zinc is the right solution for your new roof

1. Why smart homeowners use Zinc for their home extension roofs

Zinc has been proven to last 100 years or more providing that it is correctly designed, constructed and maintained.

Over 80% of the roofs in old Paris are constructed from Zinc and many of these roofs are achieving a 200-year-old longevity.

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Zinc is the most appropriate material for environmentally friendly roofing because it is 100% recyclable and uses very little energy to manufacture because Zinc has a very low melting point.

Architects love Zinc because it is a high-impact architectural feature as well as having the highest environmental friendliness rating of all available roofing materials.
Zinc roofing and cladding is often featured in the popular TV programme Grand Designs.

2. Eliminate unplanned expenditure on your property

Your mortgage provider will love your new Zinc Roof because it will be seen as an investment in your home.

If you purchase a new Zinc Roof, there is a good chance that your current mortgage provider will fund a mortgage top-up to complete the works.

If your mortgage provider funds your Zinc Roof, you will pay through your monthly mortgage rather than with your savings. Mortgages are the cheapest way to borrow money.

In comparison, if your extension roof is suffering from serious design or workmanship issues, then you can expect to keep having to fund spot repairs from your savings every couple of years at a cost of €2,000 to €4,000 each time. Eventually you will need to fund a full replacement roof when your extension roof completely fails.

In addition with a new Zinc Roof, you will no longer need to keep funding the redecoration of your home extension interior caused by ongoing water damage.

3. A zinc roof adds value to your property

You can expect a higher final sale price of your property as you will be able to prove to prospects that the extension in the property is fully secure. In comparison, declaring all the spot repairs that you have made to potential buyers can reduce their offer price as they might expect to have to replace the extension roof after purchase.
Your home extension with Zinc Roofing will look substantially more attractive than your neighbours’ properties.

When you select Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft Ltd to replace your current home extension roof with a Zinc Roof, we will provide you with a 10-year Workmanship Warranty that you will be able to transfer to the new owner.

4. A new zinc roof is an architectural feature

When you decide to replace your current home extension roof with a Zinc Roof, you will have the opportunity to add more Velux windows and Skylights to maximise the natural light entering your property.

Your new Zinc Roof will be handcrafted which will give it a natural pleasing look. In addition, the Zinc material of your new roof is a traditional natural colour that will be guaranteed to match with any existing brickwork, rendering or stonework.

By choosing Zinc for your extension roof, you will have the opportunity to improve your home exterior further by adding matching Zinc canopies to your front porch and dormer windows as well as matching Zinc soffits / fascias / guttering to your main house roofing.

Have you decided on a Zinc Roof but are not sure who to choose? Here are 7 tips to help you choose the right company

Does the Installer have the right Design Ability?

Zinc will last 100s of years but it must be correctly ventilated in the design specification otherwise it will cause numerous problems.
Zinc roofs can come in all shapes and sizes. It is crucial that they are designed with adequate slope and internal / external guttering.
You must ensure that your selected installer is able to properly design a Zinc Roof that is correctly specified for your home, otherwise you will need to hire an architect to design your roof correctly. Some installers in the market are only able to build according to an architect’s plans.
Over the last 20 years we have come across numerous Zinc Roofs with structural issues because they have been incorrectly designed.

Does the Installer have the right Workmanship Ability?

The installation of a Zinc Roof requires a high level of handcraftmanship to make it look attractive and natural. Make sure to look at the installers previous works and review them.
The ability to have skylights, Velux windows as well as matching fascias, soffits and guttering is one of the benefits of having a Zinc Roof, and it is crucial that the installer has the ability to undertake traditional handcrafted metalwork with careful attention to detail.
You will need to ensure that your selected Installer has been trained correctly to deliver a Zinc Roof that is both an architectural feature and will perform as intended. Check that your tradesman is a member of the FTMRC (Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors) and is an authorised installer of the Zinc material that has been selected for your roof.

Your new Zinc Roof design will be in safe hands with Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft Ltd

Our Director, Alan Boyle, is one of the few fully qualified Coppersmiths based in Ireland.

Alan is a Journeyman who completed his apprenticeship at the Heating & Plumbing Guild in Munich, Germany in 1996.

Alan’s qualification is fully endorsed by The Chamber of Trade for Munich and Upper Bavaria, Germany. He is also a fully qualified Mechanical Engineer having trained at the Dublin Institute Of Technology in Ireland.

Alan has over 25 years experience with hard metal installations.

Alan will be leading the design team for your project to ensure that it lasts as long as it should.

Alan also provides training to architects (CPD Accredited) to help them design their hard metal roofing and cladding projects correctly.

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Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft Ltd has been established for over 13 years.

We have completed over 2,000 cladding and roofing projects in Zinc, Copper and Steel.

We work with homeowners, building owners, developers, builders, architects and insurance repair companies.

Some of our clients include:

Iconic Buildings
Royal Opera House
Oval Cricket Ground

Famous Homeowners
Ryanair CEO – Michael O’Leary
U2 Member

Corporates
Bank Of Ireland, Wexford
Canon Building, London

Two of our recent projects

VM Zinc Quartz standing seam roofing to a residential extension in Foxrock, Dublin.

VM Zinc Quartz standing seam roofing to flat roofs and dormers of a residential property in Clonakilty, County Cork.

10-year Workmanship Warranty, 30-year Material Warranty, 10-year Insurance Backed Warranty

Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft Ltd offer a 10-year Workmanship Warranty as standard. We are so confident of our work, that our Workmanship Warranty will cover both the design of your new Zinc Roof and the roofing installation works.

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VM Zinc will also provide a 30-year Material Warranty for the Zinc material used in your installation. Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft Ltd is a fully qualified authorised installed for VM Zinc.

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As an approved roofing installer of The Federation Of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC), we can organise (for a small additional cost) a 10-year Insurance Backed Warranty (with an option to extend for a further 10-years). This insurance will ensure any required repairs to your roof will be covered even if Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft Ltd go out of business.

Client Testimonials

“The project was a large and complex residential new build in Druids Glen with a large,detailed roof and wall sections in metal. We heard of Boyle roofing through an industry contact, word of mouth is always the best way to acquire new contractors. We were looking for a new metal roofing contractor as our contractor was retiring. We met several contractors; however, Boyle roofing had a culture and passion which we felt dovetailed with our own views. As we have to build long term relationships with our suppliers due to the nature of our projects, collaboration from our suppliers far outweighs price. Once Boyles started onsite, we knew the fit was right, excellent communication, commitment to programme and dedication to quality. Boyle copper roofing are and will remain a part of our supply chain and we would recommend them without hesitation. One final point….During one foul day of bad weather I was trying to cover a section of works with great difficulty and Darren and Jack from Boyles just ran over to help without hesitation and I have not seen such kindness in many years in our industry.

John Mullins, Vexamen Ltd, Owner

“Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft LTD completed a project for us in Kildare. They supplied and installed VM Zinc Anthra to the wall cladding and roofing. We could not recommend the company enough. Their professionalism, knowledge and expertise made the process trouble-free and uncomplicated. We heard of the company through word of mouth. We will definitely utilise their services in the future.

Darren O’Connell, Darren O Connell Construction Ltd, Owner

We would have no hesitation in recommending Boyle Copper, they supplied and fitted Zinc Cladding on our Wicklow Library & Archive Project, good communication & excellent service.

Carmel Crampton, Byrne & Byrne Building Contractors (www.byrneandbyrne.ie), Project Manager

Boyle Copper carried out the zinc wall cladding for us on a residential rear extension in North London. We heard about Boyle Copper through a Google search. Boyle Copper was one of two that we approached. We chose Boyle Copper because their price was in line with the other supplier, so we knew the job was priced correctly. Also because of the speed with which Alan reacted to our enquiry. As soon as we’d emailed, he was on the phone to discuss the project. He also followed up to chase us up which was good. Others were less forthcoming, especially as it was a small job.

Alan offered a CPD session for our team which was really good. Alan also advised us on another project with his expertise which was great.

I appreciated that they chased up the job even though it was small. Generally great communication with Alan and the guys on site. I would recommend Boyle Copper and would use them again. They were quick to reply and did the work quickly and accurately. The guys on site were also very skilled. I would use them as my preferred contractor.”

Stephen Mackie, Sean and Stephen Architects (www.seanandstephen.com), Architect

Boyle Copper helped us on the re-roofing of our converted factory. This involved removing the existing aluminium sheeting and installing a new cool roof solution with standing seam VMZinc. The works were further complicated by the fact that a large array of solar panels had to be removed, stored and reassembled. Paul Cousins, Business Development Manager (SIG Roofing Advisory List) came to look at the site and recommended Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft Ltd.

We chose Boyle Copper because they demonstrated that they were knowledgeable, helpful and interested in the details, which gave us confidence. Also the price was competitive compared to our other quotes. The communication was really good. Alan always got back to us in a timely manner and the guys on site were brilliant – they were always on time and very considerate.

I would certainly recommend Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft Ltd. Technically they were excellent, they were also considerate, flexible and good value for money.

Brian Ford, Building Owner

Our architect brought Boyle Copper on board. He recommended them as he had used them on other projects and the price matched with expectations. Communication was very good with Alan and the team. It was perfect for the job.

I would recommend Boyle Copper – a) because their price was what we had budgeted and b) the product and application was to a high standard.

Barry Doherty, Argyle House Property Developers, Property Developer

“Boyle’s were by far the most reliable contractors for this type of work that we have used. Communication was first class with Alan always on hand to help the architects with regs, detailing and design issues.

Tony Bracaglia, Famella Construction, Builder

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FAQ

1. What is your typical quote for an extension roof replacement?

Our quote will be in the range of €400 – €600 (incl VAT) per square meter of roofing depending on the complexity of your extension roof. A typical roof extension of 19 square meters with 2 existing Velux windows will be around €7250(incl VAT). This will include the full renovation of the roof (removal of the old roof slates, tiles or felt and waste disposal and also the new substrate decking under the new metal roof). The price excludes new or additional windows and skylights.

2. Will there be any extra costs during installation in addition to the original quote?

Possibly, on rare occasions. For example, if we open the roof and find a damaged joist that needs to be replaced; plumbing that needs to be diverted; electrical wiring that was not visible at the time of quotation. Basically, things that cannot be foreseen at the time of quotation. If this occurs, we will clearly show you the additional works that need to be done and we will do them at cost.

3. What are your payment terms?

Generally, we would require a 50% deposit followed by 50% payment of balance when half the works are complete. We can also offer an incremental payments option depending on your personal credit rating.

4. How can I check your Coppersmith qualification and membership with the relevant trade federations to confirm that you are a reputable contractor?

Alan Boyle, the director of the company, is a qualified Coppersmith with over 25 years of experience who trained in Munich, Bavaria. Boyle Copper and Zinc Craft Ltd are registered with FTMRC and VM Zinc. You can contact them directly to verify our membership. Our FTMRC membership requires our work to be checked on an annual basis by FTMRC.

5. Can I see examples of other similar jobs to mine that you have done?

Upon request, we can send you photos of similar jobs.

6. Will I require the services of an architect?

Generally, yes. We work directly with many architects, so we will be happy to speak with your architect. If you don’t have an architect, we will be able to design your Zinc Roof for you ourselves.

7. Will I require planning permission for a new Zinc Roof? Will I need to inform my neighbours?

Generally, there is no requirement for planning permission. You can inform your neighbours that you are having works done once we have confirmed your installation date, so they won’t become concerned if they see strangers arriving at your property.

8. Will I be able to change my roof windows and/or have additional windows installed?

Yes, we do this regularly and work with the major brands. We can install Velux and similar. For an additional charge, we will be able to do this work at the same time as your Zinc Roof installation.

9. Can I have a skylight installed if I don’t already have one?

Yes, we do this regularly and work with the major brands. We can install Velux and similar. For an additional charge, we will be able to do this work at the same time as your Zinc Roof installation. You can make good any internal plasterwork yourselves, or we will be able to find you a local tradesman to complete the internal works for you.

10. Can I have matching gutters, downpipes, soffits and fascias in Zinc as well?

Yes. Our price per square meter generally includes all associated gutters, downpipes, soffits and fascias on the roof extension supplied in Zinc. Subject to an additional cost, you can also opt for matching Zinc equipment on the main house roof.

11. Can I get the Zinc in different colour options?

Normally we recommend using the natural grey Zinc (known as Zinc Quartz) as it blends in well with all other building materials. We can offer other colours which would be more expensive.

12. I have noticed "waviness" in the zinc roofing panels in your photos. Will I also get this "waviness" effect in my new Zinc Roof?

This waviness is called the “oil canning effect” and is a natural characteristic of the Zinc material. This will give your new Zinc Roof a more natural rather than a manufactured look.

13. What happens if a leak appears after the new roof has been installed?

It is extremely rare that this will happen. If it does occur, please contact us. Providing that the installation is still within our 10-year Workmanship Warranty period, we will come out to investigate and rectify the situation.

14. How long is the installation process and what is involved?

On average it will take 1 week. We first remove the old roofing followed by installation of the new timber decking which is then followed by installation of the Zinc Roof.