Metal Wall Panels Provide an Ideal Mix of Aesthetics and Performance
The thought of metal wall panels may generate images of cold, industrial edifices and boring office buildings. However, modern metal wall panels are far from bland and uninteresting. Metal wall panels are available in different materials, finishes and panel types that enhance any commercial structure by adding warmth, beauty and style.
Interior and Exterior
Metal wall panels are available for use on both the interior and the exterior of buildings. When used on the inside, metal panels are an excellent choice for industrial facilities and commercial kitchens because they can be easily cleaned and sanitized. Metal also resists some chemical fumes more effectively than sheetrock and concrete, making metal paneling ideal for heavy industry and chemical production plants. In addition to the industrial aspects, metal wall paneling can also be attractive and add modern flair to any commercial building or office complex.
When used as exterior cladding, metal wall panels are commonly used in rainscreen wall applications. The rainscreen principle involves using the outer cladding layer as the exterior wall’s first layer of defense against moisture, but can allow some rainwater to enter into a ventilated cavity space behind the cladding layer which will allow for moisture to evaporate and drain out of the system. An internal leaf will combine the building insulation, structural wall and will serve as the buildings ultimate defense against moisture and air infiltrating the building interior.
Metal panels are available in a nearly limitless array of colors, shapes and sizes. The panels may be finished by polishing, sandblasting, brushing or staining. Acid can be used to etch the surface of the panels, and designs can be stamped or embossed into the metal. Different combinations of metals produce panels of different shades, and a bold palette of colors can be applied to the surface of the panels. Decorative methods can also be used to affix metal panels to a wall. Panels of different shades and sizes may be mixed, or the same type of panel can be used throughout the design. Panels can also be offset or spaced out from the wall for a 3D effect. The fasteners used to attach metal panels may be hidden from view or incorporated as part of the overall design. Metal panels look especially attractive when paired with other materials such as glass, wood, concrete or tile.
Metal not only looks great on a finished building, it is easier to work with during construction than many other types of wall paneling products. Metal is less prone to damage during installation than wood, which can crack if not predrilled. Metal panels are easy to lift to great heights and can be installed over other types of wall surfaces for a quick and easy remodel.
The production of single-skin metal wall panels is environmentally-friendly and results in less waste than the processes used to manufacture many other types of construction materials. Metal panels are also highly weather-resistant and have a long lifespan even in harsh climates. Metal wall panels resist temperature extremes and dramatic fluctuations in temperature much more effectively than other types of building materials and will not crumble like concrete or dry out like wood. Single skin metal panels having no backup material are also noncombustible and in the event of a structure fire will act to slow down the flames instead of contributing to the blaze.
Metal wall paneling is a practical construction material that has the ability to make any type of commercial building stand out. For your next commercial project, consider incorporating metal cladding for superior performance, durability and aesthetics.