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10 Unique Benefits for Using Metal When designing your next building project, whether it is commercial, industrial or residential, there are many materials that you can choose from for an exterior finish, including masonry or concrete products, wood, composites or even vinyl. But, for a truly unique and versatile exterior that offers all-weather performance and lasting durability, you should consider one of the many innovative metal panel systems available today. Metal panels systems offer a sleek, modern look that is highly-customizable and easy to install. Top manufacturers like Centria, VMZinc and Altech Panel Systems offer dozens of metal panel systems with hundreds of available sizes,Read More →

Many commercial, industrial and municipal buildings use architectural metal panels instead of conventional concrete or masonry wall surfaces, because they are durable, sustainable, lightweight, easy to install, thermally-efficient and they can be shaped to fit curved surfaces easily. Architectural metal panels are available in a wide range of styles, shapes, colors and finishes, giving architects the freedom to create nearly any style they want, from simple linear panel installations, to complex patterns that attract attention. Here is a look at a few of the most popular architectural metal panels from Centria: 1) Formawall Dimension The Formawall Dimension series is an insulated metal panel system thatRead More →

Zinc panels are a cost-effective alternative to steel or aluminum panels for cladding exterior walls, creating a durable metal roof or for adding interior metal accents. Unlike steel panels, zinc panels form a natural patina of zinc hydroxicarbonate when exposed to air containing carbon dioxide, and this patina serves to protect the panels from corrosion, salt and other natural forces. In the right conditions, zinc panels can easily last up to 50 years before they must be replaced, and have even been known to last more than 100 years in parts of Europe. Zinc panels are available in a wide variety of styles, configurations andRead More →

When it comes to protecting the value of a building and its contents, the roof is one of the most important components. A roof that is damaged or leaking can cause considerable amounts of structural damage, property damage or even health problems, and a damaged roof can be difficult, expensive and time-consuming to repair. That is why it is extremely important to use quality materials when designing and installing a roof system, reducing the amount of repairs and maintenance required in the future as well as┬ámaximizing the life of the roof. When it comes to longevity and flexibility, few materials can outperform zinc roofing. LikeRead More →

Energy efficiency is an important consideration for any construction project done today. An efficient building has many benefits, including reduced energy usage, a lower environmental impact, reduced heating and cooling costs and, often, greater tax incentives. As part of the SMARTci continuous insulation system, the thermally-insulated GreenGirt sub-girt offers many advantages over conventional Z-girts, due to its unique materials and construction. Conventional Z-Girts are made of steel or other metals that tend to conduct heat between the interior of the building and the exterior wall cladding, as well as fasteners that penetrate the interior surface to create thermal bridges between the interior and exterior. ByRead More →

Insulation is one of the most important parts of any building. It provides a thermal barrier between the interior of the structure and the exterior. By choosing a high-performance, energy-efficient insulation system, you can prevent heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, reducing the building’s heating and cooling costs dramatically. Because of the way they are installed, conventional insulation systems often leave gaps in the insulation structure, and they include uninsulated metal components that promote thermal bridging between the interior and exterior surfaces. The gaps allow conditioned air to escape to the outdoors, and unconditioned air to find a way inside,Read More →

Many commercial buildings are built strictly to satisfy their function, their utilitarian needs. They lack inspired designs, with white or off-white single color walls, no interesting shapes or textures, and walls that are conventional and flat. While these buildings perform well as far as housing the staff and the projects within, they are not very interesting to look at and contribute to the overall blandness that many urban designs often have in common. Products like Ceilings Plus panels, however, can easily be used to create dramatic interiors in every project you design, without breaking the bank. Ceilings Plus panels are designed around a lightweight recycledRead More →