Metal, known for its longevity, strength, and weather resistance, is widely selected as a predominate material in the construction industry to serve a wide range of functions. The development of construction processes using metal is one of the most important innovations in architecture. This allows structures to be built taller and stronger with less material for unsupported openings on interior and exterior walls.
Metal has a beautiful appearance, with various pattern options, for interior and exterior uses. Because of their sleek modern finish and ease of installation, metal is becoming a popular cladding over other traditional cladding materials.
Here are five benefits of using metal wall panels in your next project:
- Low Maintenance
Metal cladding maintains its structural integrity and looks good for the life of the product (about 20-30 years), in most cases with little to no maintenance. However, if you live in an area that experiences bad or hostile weather conditions, you may need to do a little preventative maintenance.
- Inspect annually – remove debris, inspect joints
- Wash the walls – use plain water to spray down the walls
- Replace any damaged panels/trim – occasionally a panel/trim may be damaged by weather
- Easy Installation
In the construction industry, time is money. The smallest delay can have a huge impact on cost. Metal panels have a faster installation time than other traditional materials such as, brick, and EIFs resulting in less labor and construction cost.
- Versatile Options
Because architectural metal panels are versatile, they can be placed just about anywhere. In the past, preformed panels could only be installed vertically. Now, manufacturers are providing options for material to be installed both horizontally and vertically.
Having the ability to install panels horizontally or vertically can help achieve a variety of unique looks and better wall designs. Replace heavier cladding materials with a lighter siding panel to cover an exterior of a building or choose smaller segments to complement other finish materials that create an aesthetically pleasing focal point.
- High level of design freedom
Faux finishes and textures are making a big splash in the metal industry. While shades of gray are still very trendy, bright colors are becoming extremely popular, and custom color pallets are being used for brand recognition.
Shape variations and reveals add a new dimension when designing. With metal, anything is possible! From 2D and 3D shapes, with multiple planes, colors, and textures designers are creating new standards for how metal can be used.
If you are looking to go green, then building materials matter. Architectural metal panels are not only long lasting but are most also 100% recyclable at the end of their life cycle. Because of the recyclability of metal, there is usually very little construction waste upon completion of a project. This not only prevents overall waste, but it also promotes environmentally friendly practices.