RALEIGH, N.C., March 31, 2016 – VMZINC® -US, the international brand name of rolled zinc products, has joined the National Slate Association and Vermont Slate Quarry Association to highlight zinc as a natural option to use with slate as a building material in the United States. First established in 1922 by producers of slate material, the National Slate Association (NSA) is dedicated to promoting excellence in slate roofing practices and serving as a resource for roofing professionals, architects, builders and property owners. The Vermont Slate Quarry Association is dedicated to providing education and support for the people of the Slate Valley region of Vermont.
Zinc is a common material choice for flashings, ornamentation, gutters and pipes, as well as other areas not steep enough for the application of slate, such as dormers. In recent years, the use of zinc flashings for slate roofs has gained popularity in the United States, particularly in the Northeast for historical preservation, residential, institutional and religious buildings that incorporate slate. For example, zinc and slate were recently installed on multiple buildings at Princeton University. Zinc is a popular choice among many architects and homeowners because it is fully recyclable, requires little maintenance and creates a natural, aesthetically pleasing blend when combined with slate.
As part of VMZINC®’s membership with the NSA, John Sheridan, VMZ Pro-zinc® Trainer, was a presenter during the association’s Penn Big Bed Convention in Philadelphia from Thursday, March 3 through Sunday, March 6. Sheridan’s presentation discussed the relevance and advantages of pairing zinc with slate in both commercial and residential projects. He has more than eight years of experience as a VMZ Pro-zinc® trainer and more than 40 years of experience in custom roofing and sheet metal work.
VMZINC® offers 0.7mm and 0.8mm zinc sheets in QUARTZ-ZINC Plus, an elegant, pre-weathered gray that mimics the natural patina developed by zinc over time. Zinc installation is different than the installation procedure for other metals. Even though zinc will form a natural protective barrier, precautions should be taken when installing zinc next to slate to ensure that no damage, deformities, or color variations occur to either material. Because of this, VMZINC® requires that all installers attend one of its VMZ Pro-zinc® training courses to help them understand the basic properties of zinc and ensure long-term success of the material. A working knowledge in other materials is a prerequisite for all VMZ Pro-zinc® seminars, which speaks to the high level of craftsmanship inherent in every zinc project.
There is a rich, long history of combining slate and zinc. In the 14th century, wealthy French merchants and nobles living along the Loire River began using slate for intricate architectural details on their castles, mansions and hotels due to the building material’s high versatility. Beginning in the early 19th century, zinc became a widely popular building material for roofs and facades across Paris and surrounding areas of France. VMZINC®, the world’s oldest architectural zinc company, started producing zinc sheets and accessories to complement the country’s preexisting architecture, including the slate roofs on prestigious buildings. Today, slate and zinc remain commonly used building materials in Paris, as well as Brittany and Normandy.
If you are interested in learning more about how to incorporate zinc in your next slate project, please contact VMZINC® at for more information.
“As building materials, zinc and slate are an extremely compatible pair, and we are excited to be members of the Vermont Slate Quarry Association and National Slate Association to help showcase how well these two materials work together to create beautiful architecture in the United States,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC®-US. “The NSA’s Penn Big Bed Convention was an excellent opportunity for John Sheridan, our VMZ Pro-zinc® Trainer, to share his expertise with slate professionals and enthusiasts who may be seeking a complementary building material for their next project.”
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ABOUT VMZINC®:  VMZINC® is the international brand name of rolled zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore. VMZINC®, a leader in the French and Belgian markets and established in 15 countries worldwide, offers an unparalleled range of roofing products and systems, façade cladding, rainwater systems and ornaments. With a large focus on customer satisfaction, VMZINC®’s products and services have become synonymous with high quality, innovation and environmentally sustainable design. As the first company to diversify its range of surface aspects, VMZINC® offers seven unique shades of preweathered zinc, in addition to natural zinc. For additional information, visit

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