Posted December 9, 2013 by Lenora Hamilton
The requirements that must be met when designing and constructing large public buildings and office spaces can be far more complex than the requirements of building smaller structures. With most small structures, such as homes, exterior cladding materials are chosen based purely on aesthetics, but greater demands are placed on the materials used as cladding on a large building. The materials chosen must be able to block moisture, flex as necessary with the small movements that large buildings experience, provide adequate pressure equalization and still remain aesthetically pleasing. Centria panels have been providing cutting-edge exterior metal wall and roofing solutions for over a century and offer a wide variety of single-skin, composite and insulated metal panels that provide a combination of all of the factors needed in exterior cladding while adding beauty and flair to any style of architecture.
Manufactured For Better Performance
Single-skin metal wall panels are simply sheet metal or coil of a specific thickness, or gauge, which has been formed into cladding panel. Metal wall panels are excellent at shedding moisture and also provide the range of movement required in a large structure, but metal alone has poor insulating qualities and therefore the wall assembly will require additional insulation.
Centria metal wall panels are a step ahead of other metal wall systems. Not only do Centria panels function as an effective moisture barrier by providing a solid, cohesive wall surface, Centria’s Formawall® metal wall panels also incorporate insulation into the panel itself. The insulated metal panel includes a factory foamed-in-place core, minimizing insulation gaps, along with a thermal break between the face and the liner. The panels offer superior weather resistance by utilizing pressure equalization along the length of the horizontal joinery. Centria’s ATMP® technology allows Formawall® Dimension & Graphix Series to provide superior thermal and moisture protection.
Centria Panels and Energy-Efficiency
By blocking thermal transfer through the walls of a building, Centria panels help to improve the energy-efficiency of a structure. While insulation can be added to enhance the thermal properties of other types of metal wall panels, insulation that is installed separately from the wall panel may shrink or settle over time, and gaps may be left during installation that reduce thermal protection. With Centria Formawall® panels, the insulation is part of the panel itself, ensuring that the entire wall surface receives a uniform amount of insulation and preventing settling and compaction that reduces the energy-efficient properties of the material over time. The joinery mastered by Centria also ensures that there is no thermal bridging of the metal connections at the joints, allowing for a continuous insulation value.
Other Benefits of Using Centria Panels
Centria metal panels are available in many styles, colors and configurations. Different finishes can give the panels many looks including those replicating the look of burnished copper, stainless steel, plaster, concrete or any number of eye-catching materials. The panels are covered with weather-resistant coatings to prevent fading and streaking and the recessed fastening systems that prevent moisture incursion also allow exterior walls to maintain a smooth, uniform appearance. Incorporating the insulation with the panel itself reduces work during the installation phase since both the panel and insulation are installed in a single step. Centria panels are also suitable for applications where pressure balancing is important as each panel is vented to allow adequate pressure equalization.
If you are looking for a high performance exterior metal panel system for your next construction project, check out Centria wall panels today. Wade Architectural Systems is the local supplier for Centria products in Texas and will be glad to provide you with product samples, budgetary pricing and discuss the specifics of your particular project.