Building Envelope Kalzip aluminium standing seam acoustic roof system

Kalzip aluminium standing seam acoustic roof system

Kalzip roof constructions can be modified to accommodate various acoustic performance requirements, by incorporating other layers such as high density insulation, acoustic boards and flexible membranes to provide increased sound reduction performance and by perforating the liner to provide improved sound absorption performance.

Kalzip acoustic board is a high density cement-particle board that can easily be incorporated into a Kalzip roof system in order to dramatically increase the mass and subsequently the sound reduction properties of the system.

Kalzip acoustic membrane is a high density rubberised polyethylene sound barrier membrane that can easily also be incorporated into the system to increase the mass and subsequently improve the sound reduction properties. The Kalzip acoustic membrane is typically used in conjunction with the Kalzip acoustic board and can also act as an isolator between boards further enhancing acoustic performance.

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Kalzip profiled sheets are secured to the substructure of a roof construction by the use of extruded Kalzip aluminium (L) clips (with associated polyamide thermal barrier pads) or Kalzip E clips. The clip heads are designed to freely accommodate movement of the external sheet during thermal cycling, enabling the use of long sheet lengths.

Kalzip E clips are steel reinforced polyamide clips designed to further enhance the overall Kalzip system by improving its thermal, acoustic and movement performance. They offer a fixing mechanism with no significant thermal bridging whilst still retaining structural capability similar to the extruded aluminium (L) clip. The E clips also reduce the frictional forces generated during thermal cycling of the external sheet and are recommended for use on roof areas with sheet lengths exceeding 40 metres.



Seam height (mm)Profile width (mm)Thickness (mm)
50 333 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.2
50 429 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.2
65 305 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.2
65 333 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.2
65 400 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.2
65 500 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.2
AF65 333 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.2
AF65 434 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.2
AS65 422 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.2

Curving Kalzip 
The unique formability of Kalzip aluminium profiled sheets enables design and functionality to be combined with technical perfection.  The range of shapes available – convex, concave, elliptically or hyperbolically curved – opens up a whole variety of fascinating options for creating stunning architectural designs.

Kalzip roof sheets can be produced with a convex or concave radius utilising 3 methods; Natural curved, smooth curved and crimp curved. 

Kalzip roof and cladding systems are available in a host of finishes and materials. In addition to aluminium, the system is offered in special finishes like AluPlusZinc or AluPlusPatina as well as standard stucco-embossed finish.

With the very latest surface finishing and processing technology Kalzip offers an almost unlimited choice of colours in a range of effects and finishes.

Colour coated Kalzip aluminium products meet the stringent demands of modern building technology and design with regards to colour fastness, adhesion and resistance against aggressive substances and environments, and are available in a wide variety of standard RAL colours with a choice between high quality polyester or PVdF coatings.

Together with aluminium, Kalzip in stainless steel and copper give even more choice to the discerning architect or planner.


Kalzip profiled sheets are available in three standard pre-coated systems:

  • Polyester coil coated
  • Abrasion resistant coated (ARS)
  • Polyvinylidene flouride (PVdF)
  • HighPerformanceCoating (HPC)

Kalzip profiled sheets are available in a natural and pre-weathered natural and coloured finish

  • Natural Aluminium in Stucco embossed
  • AluPlusPatina natural Aluminium
  • AluPlusPatina
  • AluPlusZinc with the aesthetic appeal of zinc.


Kalzip load span details
Being a multi-component built up system, Kalzip can be precisely tailored to meet the needs of the individual project. External roof loads and internal wind loads have an impact on the Kalzip system chosen. The load span tables give the spanning capabilities and allowable loading of the most popular Kalzip profiles with aluminium (L) clips and with E clips. 

For further information or load span conditions outside of these please contact the Kalzip Technical Department.

Kalzip thermal performance
The thermal bridging effect that clips have on the U-value of a Kalzip roof system is dependent upon the type of clip used (i.e. Kalzip aluminium L type or Kalzip reinforced polyamide E type) and the frequency of clips (clips/m2) penetrating the insulation layer. This frequency will, in turn, be dependent upon the specific project loading requirements, purlin centres and load capacity of the Kalzip system.

Highly efficient thermal performance can be achieved by means of constructive measures helping minimise whole life cycle costs and achieve U-values of 0.13 W/m2K and below.

Kalzip U-value tables cover a range of support centres (1m to 2.8m) and a range of mineral fibre insulants with differing thermal conductivities. The U-value tables have been derived from hot-box testing carried out to BS EN ISO 8990:1996 - Thermal Insulation - Determination of steady-state thermal transmission properties - Calibrated hot box. It should be noted that Approved Document L2 gives preference to testing over calculation methods when determining U-values.

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