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Posted May 23, 2014 by Christy Serafini

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Metal wall panel systems are a great way to bring energy efficiency and striking style to any building. In a time where budget and going green are both major concerns for many corporations, architectural metal panels offer a variety of different materials, finishes and textures to bring out a unique style or help the structure blend in to fit with surrounding buildings.

Easy Sustainability

Not only do architectural metal panels add a unique and pleasing visual aspect to a commercial building, they can cut the cost of maintenance over the years. Manufactured for easy upkeep, many panels are made with materials that are naturally resistant to wear and tear that comes from moisture exposure. With a little extra treatment, metals such as zinc, titanium, and copper can become even more durable, fighting against corrosion that happens naturally over time.

The metal panels are installed to allow airflow to move in behind the plating, between the metal and the building, to help move debris and dry up any moisture that manages to slide down from rainfall or high humidity. The life of metal panel systems can reach one hundred years, often more, meaning they have the ability to outlast many competing types of siding.

Aesthetically Pleasing

With a variety of metals, these panel systems have the potential to put an attractive face on functional sustainability. With options such as zinc, copper, aluminum, titanium, and steel, there are many different colors to choose from. Corporate businesses can select a particular type of finish or veneer to be added to the metal panels to have a building stand out or blend in accordingly.

It is also possible to incorporate colors that fit in with the corporation’s logo to the exterior, adding some strategic marketing to the structure. If a more varied look is desired, speak with an architect at Wade Architectural Solutions to discuss the use of an array of colors and textures. Installing the metal panels at varying distances from the structure can create an interesting visual as well, lending the building an upbeat, contemporary look.

Cost Effective

In addition to the low maintenance of metal panel systems, money can be saved on utilities as well. Manufacturers create thermal metal wall panels to help keep heat in or out, depending on the season. Such panels, if installed correctly, create what’s known as a continuous air barrier. Structures with this barrier in the form of metal panels, eliminate the need for extra materials in order to keep energy costs down.

Wade Architectural Solutions partners with Centria to help make insulated metal panels available in a variety of thicknesses, textures, and colors to suit each client’s specifications. The life span of metal wall panel systems often mean that corporate businesses will not need to replace the envelope of a building as often as might be necessary with other materials, keeping the major maintenance costs to a minimum once the installation has been completed.

All in all, it is hard to find a down side to the use of metal wall panel systems on corporate buildings. Whether the aim is a more efficient use of energy or a visually striking base, metal panels are a versatile way to achieve both goals in one fell swoop.