Story: Building materials

Sanson grandstand

Sanson grandstand

The Sanson rugby grandstand, seen here in 2002, was built around the time of the First World War. Like many rural New Zealand buildings, it is roofed and walled with corrugated iron. The great advantage of corrugated iron is its ability to span large distances, comparative lightness, and ease of cutting and fixing, which means it can be used by unskilled people. Originally supplied in lengths of 2.4 metres in the 19th century, the material was later formed in single length sheets – termed 'long run iron' – to avoid the risk of corrosion where joints overlap.

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Jeremy Salmond, 'Building materials - Roofing and glazing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 February 2023)

Story by Jeremy Salmond, published 11 Mar 2010