For decades, metal roofs have been the preferred choice for architects and designers for their durability, versatility, eco-friendliness and many other factors. As the coated metal industry continues to innovate and inspire, we see an increase in the use of metal in nearly all aspects of construction, not just the roofs. Here are just some of the reasons we are seeing metal used more and more in the construction of today’s most impressive buildings.
Coated metal today has the ability to be an endless selection of colors and can emulate a growing number of textures, including asphalt, stone, concrete, barn siding and other materials. There’s been a huge demand in the market for the application of innovative color-shifting coatings, which offer an eye-catching, bilateral color finish. With textured metal products, architects can meet client demands for visual depth and designs that differentiate them in the market and give their buildings a unique look.
Recently, prepainted metal has become popular in the construction process for its number of interior applications. Whether it’s interior walls, surfacing, ceilings or windows, using coated metals can bring all the durability and beauty used for its exterior applications indoors. For example, suspended ceiling tile systems in offices and airports often use coated metal panels for their light weight, decorative appearance, durability, high heat and sound insulation qualities.
In the case of textured metal products, metal panels last longer than the materials they emulate such as wood or slate. Metal panels are designed to withstand harsh weather elements and provide excellent corrosion resistance through pretreatment and multiple coatings. The coatings are then applied to both sides of the metal to enhance its long-term durability. Textured paint is also designed to be very scratch-resistant and reduces the appearance of oil canning, dents and other imperfections found on long panels.
The reflective coating of metal panels protects the roof substrate from harmful UV radiation, which extends the life of the roof, saving on replacement costs. Metals have a very long life and can be recycled, so buildings that use metal products also reduce waste with landfill materials, CO2 emissions and the roof surface temperature by up to 30 degrees F. Designers who use these products can help qualify their buildings and earn credits and tax savings for LEED, Energy Star and cool roof compliance.
With their beauty, long life and strength, it’s no surprise architects want to incorporate metal products in the construction of buildings. As scientific advancements continue, the industry can expect more innovation in colors, textures and sustainability that will push the industry toward endless possibilities in building design.
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