Metal panels can replace a variety of other building materials, including wood, concrete, brick, or rock. Metal is often cheaper in price, has better fire-resistance, does not mold or rot, and may have a longer lifespan than many of these materials. Here are four different ways that metal panels can be used within your commercial building and the specific benefit associated with using a metal panel in that manner.
Metal Interior Wall Panels
Metal interior wall panels can be used to create the structural support for walls. Insulation and drywall can be placed over the metal panels, creating a typical-looking interior wall. Metal interior panels are a better option than wood, which is typically used for interior walls. Wood can warp and rot if it gets wet. Wood also attracts wood-eating pests, such as termites and carpenter ants. Metal is stronger, durable, longer lasting and does not attract these types of pests, making it a great option for the construction of your interior wall panels.
Metal Exterior Wall Panels
There are many different types of materials that can be used to create exterior wall panels traditionally, including wood, concrete blocks and bricks. One of the biggest benefits that metal exterior wall panels have over these other materials is its insulative properties. Insulated metal can help to keep your building warmer on cold winter days and cooler on hot summer days. This results in you using less electricity, making your building more energy efficient. Metal is also uniform in size and shape compared to concrete blocks and bricks, and is faster to install, which can reduce your building time and building labor costs.
Metal Ceiling Panels
Traditionally, ceiling panels are often composed of wooden structural beams or supports, covered by insulation and drywall. These materials are flammable, and being so close to electrical wires, it can prove to be disastrous. Metal has a higher fire resistance rating, meaning it will take longer for a fire to spread once it encounters metal. This can be the difference between your employees getting out of a building safe and sound if a fire breaks out, or firefighters having time to put the fire out.
Metal Roof Panels
The final way that metal panels can be incorporated into your commercial building is in the roof. Metal roof panels have many benefits compared to traditional roofing materials, including asphalt shingles and EPDM roofing materials. Metal roof panels help to insulate your roof, which helps with the energy efficiency of your commercial building. Metal roof panels are also long-lasting and need less maintenance than other roofing options. Lastly, metal roof panels are environmentally-friendly. When the metal panels can no longer function as a roof, the metal can be recycled and turned into something else.
There are many benefits associated with adding in metal panels during the construction of your commercial building. Are you looking to mix in metal panels during the construction of your commercial building? Here at Green Span Profiles, we specialize in insulated metal panel technology. Contact us today to discuss your building and what types of metal panels you may wish to incorporate into your building.