Posted February 24, 2014 by Christy Serafini
Architectural metal panels are a type of exterior siding that is generally used on large commercial and high-rise buildings. These types of panels offer many features that make them an excellent choice to cover and enclose any type of structure. The following contains some important things to know about architectural metal panels.
Exterior and Interior Uses
When used on the exterior surface of a building, metal wall systems provide an advanced level of protection that is simply not available from any other type of exterior siding. Panels that incorporate insulation provide an additional layer of thermal defense to a structure. Many people think metal panels are only for exterior use, but metal is increasingly being utilized in interior spaces as well. Architectural metal panels designed and installed as ceilings and interior wall siding impart a smooth, high-tech look to any indoor space. Metal also has the added benefit of being easily cleaned and sanitized in areas where germ control is important, such as hospitals, dining areas, kitchens and restrooms. Other specialized uses for metal panels include industrial areas exposed to toxic fumes that could corrode other materials.
Metal panels are easy to install, especially when compared to other types of siding materials. Comprehensive panel systems come complete with the panels themselves and coordinating sets of fasteners designed with the specific goal of making the panels easy to attach. The framework used in attaching the panels often plays a valuable role in ensuring that proper spacing is left between the interior and exterior portions of the siding system. Metal panels are also relatively lightweight and easy to handle on a large construction site.
An Abundance of Design Options
One of the key factors behind the popularity of architectural metal is that the panels are available in so many styles and finishes. Attractive exterior panels are manufactured from copper, zinc, aluminum, titanium, steel or some combination of these metals. Protective metallic coatings are often applied to the surface of metal panels, and specially designed paints and finishes simultaneously shield the panel from moisture damage and add color. Interior panels can be covered with a veneer of wood for a look that is totally unlike any other wall treatment. Both interior and exterior panels can be further embellished by polishing, brushing or burnishing the surface. The fastening systems used to attach the panels generally include frameworks that may be installed horizontally, vertically or at any angle specified by the design architect. These installation options mean that the exterior of any structure can be completely customized to the tastes of the building’s owner.
With so many options from which to choose, architectural metal panels fit into nearly every construction budget. The protection and long life afforded by these panels translate to less energy usage and reduced maintenance costs throughout the life of any structure. Wade Architectural Systems has been a trusted provider of architectural metal panel systems since 1988. We offer many of the top brands of metal wall cladding and interior panel systems, and we serve clients throughout Texas and Oklahoma from our offices in Houston and Dallas. To find out more about using architectural metal in your next commercial project, contact us for pricing information and personalized planning assistance today.